Forget the stress, get inspired!
I'm amazed at the number of people who I've heard already beginning to stress about cooking dinner for Xmas. It's meant to be fun remember! I look forward to it like you wouldn't believe. Not that I ever get very organised until right before the big day. Preparation is overrated, it's inspiration that counts so I'm spending the lead-up just the same way as I usually do - reading magazines and cookbooks, watching cooking shows (Rick Stein and Jamie) hoping that creativity will emerge somehow. And it usually does, just in the nick of time. I do have a few rules though to make it all flow:
- Make sure there's plenty of food of course - overeating is mandatory.
- If there's one or two courses that can be pre-cooked, or better still, that don't involve cooking at all, then make sure they're on the menu.
- Get the whole gang to help with the preparation if only to stop them asking if they can help! Last year I got someone (who shall remain nameless) who is slow and clumsy to peel the vegetables - took her forever but kept her out of my way!
Watch out over the next few weeks as I post some of what's going to be on our Xmas table this December. As the inspiration hits, I'll share it with you!
Cook, eat and enjoy!