How much of last weeks to-do list did you accomplish ?????
Print off each weeks list and have it in the kitchen, or on your desk, so that you can cross off the tasks when they’re completed SUCH A GOOD FEELING !
- Deck The Halls Everyone knows it’s bad luck to leave your decorations up a minute beyond 12th night – January 5, but there doesn’t seem to be an exact date for setting them up, any time from December 1st to Christmas Eve works. Our family has always adhered to the 1st December or a day or so later. That’s when all the household decorations go up, the tree comes a little while later, as we always have a real one.
- This week confirm all your plans for Christmas Day, so you know how many people you are catering for. If you’re going to someone’s house, make sure you confirm you are coming, and what food you are bringing.
- This is your menu planning week. Make sure you DELEGATE tasks. Christmas is one time when it is definitely OK to ask for help – but be specific with your requests, it’s so much easier for everyone.
- Christmas is all about being with the people you care for – it shouldn’t be a performance, so KEEP IT SIMPLE, this is not the time to step out of your comfort zone and try Masterchef manoeuvres.
- Keep an eye out for specials on alcohol and soft drinks and non-perishable foods and start stockpiling. The more you can purchase and store ahead of time, the less arduous the shopping will be during Christmas week.
A Christmas Menu
I don’t stray far from the classics for our Christmas Dinner, it’s about celebrating traditions, albeit with a few new twists.
I start with breakfast, something light and not too filling, to have after all the fun of early morning pressies.
Then mid-morning it’s coffee, mince pies and maybe a glass or two of Classic Eggnog before a late lunch.
A Light Breakfast
Chilled juice, fresh mango or fruit salad
Egg & Bacon Toast Cups (can be partly prepared the night before, ready for the oven)
Croissants with selection of jams
A Late Lunch
Salmon Gravlax with Horseradish Creme Fraiche, served with Champagne
Seafood Platter of king prawns and oysters, with Aioli and Limes – it wouldn’t be Christmas without them !
Glazed Leg of ham (watch the video)
Crispy Roast Potatoes (do these days before & store in the freezer)
Green Bean Pea and Mint Salad with Marinated Feta
Roasted Beetroot and Kumera Salad with Pancetta & Watercress
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Anglaise