Getting Christmas Dinner Right

If I am honest I am out of my comfort zone in the kitchen
and the thought of preparing Christmas dinner brings me out in a cold
sweat. It’s such an important meal that
everyone looks forward to all year. I
don’t think I can cope with the responsibility. You see my mum is an amazing cook, she times it all to
perfection, and I really couldn’t even begin to compete. I think the boys look forward to my mum’s
dinner as much as finally opening their presents.

Fortunately my mum is taking
charge again this year (let out a huge sigh of relief!), but she does so with
the promise it will be our turn to host Christmas eventually!!! So I need to get a handle on things ready so
it’s not a complete disaster… because when we take over the helm it comes with
big responsibility to make sure it goes as flawlessly as it ever did for my
mum. That or I keep pouring such large
drinks that soon enough no one notices how burnt or undercooked the food is!!!

I will be taking some shortcuts
though, like buying shop bought cranberry sauce and not making desserts from
scratch. I won’t have bread sauce, as I
don’t get the attraction personally.

This infographic from Spar
is quite useful, the title caught my attention straight away “beginners
Christmas Dinner checklist” – with me being a complete novice this sounds like
my kind of checklist broken down into the level of detail I need.

It includes everything from getting
prepared, what you need to buy, what needs doing and when (with clear
timings). Hopefully even I can’t go
wrong with this, it certainly takes off some of the pressure because it’s a comprehensive

It helps save on having too much leftovers
too, as I like the rough guide of how much vegetables to serve. Although I can’t promise sprouts will
feature when its our turn to host. I
hate them and now I am officially an adult I am finally being rebellious and
refusing the ones my mum used to make me have in honour of the day!!!

Thank you Spar it might be a Merry Christmas each year
after all.

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