Why Wednesday?

Wednesday is my favorite day and that’s because when I was a kid my Nana would come over to our house on a Wednesday and cook us up a big feast for lunch. Me and my four sisters would all walk home from school during lunchtime to be greeted by home-made mince pies, butterly cakes and cream and jelly, hand cut hot chips and lots more. Nana was an incredible cook and we were in heaven come Wednesday lunchtimes... read more

    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: 

    1. Make sure there's plenty of food of course - overeating is mandatory.
    2. 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.
    3. 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!
    Nici

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    added: 28-Nov-2009