You’ve completed your menu, made your list, checked it twice and filled your refrigerator, cupboards and freezer to the max. Life is peachy, all you have to do is wait for the big day and cook away… right?
Perhaps if you are a Christmas dinner veteran, very lucky, or super organised you could get away with it. If however, you are like me, than it is better to quickly jot down a timetable, to make sure everything runs to plan. Afterall, the last thing you need is the stress of your little ones asking over and over if dinner is ready on Christmas day, because you forgot to put the roast potatoes in the oven.
Of course I am not saying you have to get out a clipboard and a stopwatch, my timetable is pretty basic, but it works. I simply decide (or am told) what time dinner is to be served and then work backwards. Then I add an extra half hour to cover any mishaps, and I end up with something that looks like this:
ovens on, peel potatoes
par boil potatoes, continue prep
roast potatoes and parsnips in oven, continue prep
par-boil brussels (6 mins)
start cabbage while brussels cool, put stuffing in oven, put yorkshire pudding in oven
half brussels and cook
potatoes out, parsnips out. Cabbage should be done, brussels done, stuffing done