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#Blogmas Day 6: The Perfect Christmas Lunch

Since Oscar was born I have always hosted Christmas Day. I love having all of the family over and we always have a house of around 14 people. I am super organised and start planning Christmas Day in November and start buying drinks and things on my weekly shop to spread the cost a bit. Up until now we have always rotated each side of the family for actual lunch and then the rest of the family would join us in the afternoon. This year as we are in the new house we have space to have everyone for lunch, 12 of us and I can’t wait!

I always order my Turkey from Waitrose and pick it up on Christmas Eve. This year as there are twelve of us for lunch I have ordered two turkeys; one large and one medium. Luckily I have two ovens now to cook them in in our new house. Any leftover goes into my Mother in laws Turkey soup for Boxing Day anyway. I make sure my Turkey is ordered and I have my desired collection slot in November as soon as I get the email from Waitrose saying the slots are available.

A couple of days before Christmas I go to Marks and Spencer and buy all of the vegetables, a couple of ready made carrot and suede mashes, yorkshire puddings, ready prepped parsnips, pigs in blankets and the sausage meat.

I have already booked my Tesco delivery slot for the 23rd. Having it delivered this day means if there is something out of stock I have time still to grab what I need from the shops. From Tesco I get all the drinks, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, goose fat, maris piper potatoes plus all the other essentials I need to get us through the Christmas period.

I always bake a chocolate cake and my Mother in law brings the Christmas pud. I also do mince pies and brandy butter and Christmas cake for desserts.

On Christmas morning I get up early and prep the Turkey. On my first time cooking at Christmas I googled ‘best way to cook a Turkey’ and followed a Jamie Oliver step by step guide. I have done the same with my Turkey every year since and it always tastes amazing. I remove the giblets, place a large cooking apple and a large orange inside the Turkey, carefully without tearing the skin put a fine layer of butter between the bird and the skin, the lay strips of bacon on top of the bird and cook for the amount of time calculated by the weight of your turkey.

I then write out on a piece of paper all of the timings, when things need to be cooked and how long for so everything is ready at the same time. It’s actually really easy if your organised.

I cook everything in disposable bacofoil trays so afterwards it can all go in the bin and then its only plates, knives and forks in the dishwasher. I also clear up/wash up as I go along so there is minimal mess.

Our finished Christmas Dinner always consists of; Turkey, pigs in blankets, sausage meat, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, yorkshire pudding, brussel sprouts, peas, carrots, white cabbage, carrot and suede mash and bread sauce and gravy. Its a good job we have big plates! As Oscar isn’t keen on Turkey yet I also cook a piece of gammon in a honey glaze for him.

Merry Christmas!

Hosting A Stress Free Christmas Day

With Christmas now less than a week away and Oscar finished school for the holidays I am trying to be super organised so Christmas runs as smoothly as possible. I reserved my Turkey from Waitrose back in November along with a few other bits and will pick it up on Friday morning. You simply turn up they give you your order and then you pay at the check out. It is always very organised and I am in and out of Waitrose in no time at all. I also have a Tesco delivery coming on Friday morning with most of our food and anything that I haven’t got I pick up from M&S. I always get my carrot and suede mash, pigs in blankets, yorkshire puddings and a few other bits from M&S too. I then go home and play fridge jenga until everything fits in.

On Christmas Eve I will bake the chocolate cake with Oscar and have brought a little snowman and the snow dog cake topper to go on top. I have also brought mince pies and some brandy butter for another dessert choice. Also on Christmas Eve I write a list of all the food that needs to be cooked for Christmas lunch and write all the timings next to each one and the order they need to be cooked in. I also lay the table the night before too.

Our Christmas day consists this year of my Mum, Dad, Brother and my Nanny joining us for lunch and then Greg’s Mum, Dad, Brother and his girlfriend, Sister and two of our closest friends coming over at about half three and then I do a buffet for us all at 6pm. So in total we have 15 people at our house. I love having Christmas at home and hosting!

Christmas morning I usually go downstairs before everyone else and take the giblets out of the turkey, put a large orange, a lemon and a cooking apple inside and rub butter under the skin. (I leave the butter out on the side over night so it is nice and soft). I use an online cooking calculator to work out how long it needs to cook for and remember to add 30-40 minutes on for resting time and put it in the oven. As a general guide, in an oven preheated to 180ºC (350ºF, Gas Mark 4): allow 45 minutes per kg plus 20 minutes for a turkey under 4.5kg. allow 40 minutes per kg for a turkey that’s between 4.5kg and 6.5kg allow 35 minutes per kg for a turkey of more than 6.5kg. Usually my Turkey is in by 7.15ish to be eaten at 1pm.

I then follow my cooking list for my roast potatoes, carrot and suede mash, peas, carrots, cabbage, sprouts, parsnips, bread sauce, gravy, sausage meat, pigs in blankets and Yorkshire puddings. Most bits go in the oven once the Turkey is out and resting. I cook everything in disposable foil trays so they can be thrown away rather than using up space in the dishwasher. Timing is key and makes it so much easier. I also love my kitchen to stay tidy so clear up as I go.

After lunch all that goes in the dishwasher is the cutlery and plates as everything else is disposable and the kitchen is clear and tidy straight away ready for round two which is the buffet I do at about 6pm. I usually serve new potatoes, cold tukey, beef and ham and salad a fish platter. Again I put it all on disposable platters from Waitrose and have brought disposable napkins, cutlery and plates from M&S so everything can go straight in the bin.

I honestly find it much easier being organised and its just like cooking a bigger roast dinner which is easy. I remember the first year I cooked Christmas dinner I panicked so much but was so surprised how easy it is! I even hosted Christmas Day two years ago four days before I had Archie.

Have a lovely Christmas and don’t forget to share your Christmas top tips too, I would love to see them! #christmastoptips

Merry Christmas!