Christmas is just over a month away, for some of us, this means a slight nagging panic is starting to settle into your bones over preparing the Christmas feast. The rest of you, fortunate enough not to have swerved the responsibility of preparing your Christmas feast; congratulations, you are free to go put your feet up and watch It’s A Wonderful Life. The rest of us have work to do.
For those of you. who have followed this blog since the beginning, you will know that I began this blog when, for reasons I am still unsure of, I agreed to prepare my families Christmas feast a few years ago. Thinking back, it was a bit of a chaotic experience, probably with a soundtrack that would consist of a series of high-pitched bleeps, and Domesticated Mum saying “calm down dear” repeatedly.
It must have been a success though, as I have been asked to repeat the task every year since. It has also become the one meal, I increasingly enjoy preparing every year. The panic and the swearing is gone (mostly), because I have learned the secret to the perfect Christmas… PLANNING!
Now I know it may sound a bit obvious, but in order to create a panic free Christmas feast, planning really is the key. Don’t leave anything to chance. Plan every detail, and follow that plan, and a stress free Christmas dinner will be yours.
Of course not all of us know how to make a plan, which is where I come in. Follow my instructions, do as I say (not as I do) and Christmas dinner bliss, is just over a month away.
Plan Your Menu This Weekend
I know those of you reading this from across the pond in America are still in the process of planning your Thanksgiving meal, but it doesn’t matter, this is the weekend you need to prepare your menu for Christmas dinner. Get our your Granny’s old recipe book, grab your cook books from the shelf and dust them off. Grab a pen, and a notebook, and make a draft of your Christmas dinner menu, and make it like one of those menus you find in a posh restaurant. This is not the time to simply write; turkey, potatoes, peas and carrots, Christmas pudding. No, we need details. We need to know every little detail, we need; oven roasted turkey served with blackcurrant gravy, potatoes roasted in goose fat, oven roasted carrots etc. We also need a note of the suggested cooking times and any special equipment. Heck, if you have a favourite butcher or grocer, jot down their names as well because it is those little details that are going to help us in the latter stages of this plan.
So now that you have your assignment, off you go. Time is wasting, plan your menu, and I will see you in a couple of days with part two of the Stress Free Christmas Plan.