Cooking the perfect festive feast

Woman with roast turkey

It’s the day your little one, or ones, will have been getting excited about for weeks – and now it’s very nearly here! After all the hard, but hopefully, fun work of doing all the present shopping, choosing the tree and putting up all the decorations it’s time to start thinking about cooking the Christmas dinner.

It’s one of the biggest moments of Christmas when everyone can sit down together, relax and enjoy a really good meal.But, like most parents, you may have found in the past that with all the present opening and excitement of Christmas morning to navigate before the serious cooking can begin your planned timings can start to slip. This year, though, it’s going to be different. That’s because have put together this very handy parents’ step-by-step guide designed to help you get the full meal, with all the trimmings, ready to tuck into at 2pm precisely. What’s more, the day’s preparations don’t need to start until 9.30 in the morning great news if you’ve been rudely awakened at 5.30am with the excited question, “Has Santa been yet?”

The plan covers everything from cooking three kinds of meat – turkey, goose and beef – as well as the vegetarian option of a classic nut roast. So whichever one you’re planning you can be sure that it will be perfectly cooked and ready to serve at 2 along with all the trimmings.

If you also use the guide to cooking the ultimate Christmas dinner you’ll even find some delicious variations on traditional favourites that the whole family will love. For example there are sprouts with pancetta designed to convert even the most reluctant Brussels eater and a twist on traditional roasties with garlic and rosemary potatoes, So while the younger members of the family are playing with their new toys and games you can be calmly getting on with preparing a fitting feast for the season.

One word of warning though – you may be so relaxed and the meal will certainly be so delicious, that you’ll be the person who’s roped in to cook the lunch every single Christmas from now on!AO-Christmas-CookingGuide

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