All hands on deck- is the mood in the house pre-Christmas. It doesn’t matter who does the cooking normally, if you have people visiting then there is always stuff to be done. Communication is the key- make sure a plan is written, you know if any guests have intolerance, decide what you can buy, write a shopping list and shop in advance, book your food shop, plan in a last minute trip to the shops and test any recipes you've not tried before.
To make this task more manageable here is a list of all the supermarkets last ordering dates so by spending time at home selecting items ensures you less time in a crowded supermarket.
Another big tick off the foot long household to-do list would be to sort out the meat. We visited our local farm shop butcher last Friday. Never underestimate the knowledge those guys have of their meats. After a 10 minute chat with some leading questions of-
- How many are you feeding?
- Do you want the faff of bones?
- Will you want leftovers?
- A traditional turkey and or something else?
- How do you want to cook it?
A deposit was paid, a collection slot booked, we left feeling confident and with a shoulder of venison to trial over the weekend. We opted for a turkey crown, not stuffed but with a bacon lattice on top and a shoulder of venison to be slow cooked (the in-laws are staying over Christmas and we want to impress!). What main are you going for this year?
Top tip- use an electric carving knife for more even slices of meat.
Good luck with all the festive planning and jobs, enjoy the food and drinks but mostly have fun.