Christmas Survival Guide with Lakeland

GetAttachmentIt’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, Everywhere you go! Oh yes, this blogger is feeling festive. I handed in my dissertation yesterday (on palm oil – all 20 000 words of it) and have a spring in my step, Christmas baubles on my earlobes and festive cheer in my heart. I am really looking forward to Christmas this year because I am not hosting. For the first time in nearly a decade, I will be a guest, not a slave to the stove. There will be no last minute dashes to Ikea for extra wine glasses and cheap napkins, no frantic washing of sheets and making spare beds and no freezer full of get ahead gravy and cranberry sauce. Nope, this year I am putting my feet up, pouring myself a large glass of something alcoholic – possibly a Snowball – and kicking back. This year Claire is hosting Christmas in her new kitchen. Her kitchen refit has taken approximately half a century, but has been worth the wait as it is very stylish, very Abigail Ahern and very, ummmm, dark. In fact it is entirely black, so at least if the turkey is slightly raw, no one will notice. Claire has never hosted Christmas dinner before and her preps are embued with the spirit of optimism and excitement that comes from a first timer, not the resigned air and depleted bank balance, of someone who has done it for ten. To stock up on some Yuel necessities – like gravy boats and meat thermometers – we visited Lakeland’s HQ in Windermere  to meet some of their experts and to make a couple of films on their Christmas tips and festive gift ideas for foodies (the smoking gun was our favourite).  The film above is chockfull of practical tips on surviving Christmas – from cleaning your extractor fan (did you know that’s a thing? I did it this week and my kitchen no longer smells like a greasy spoon when I cook bacon) and labelling your serving dishes the night before to the perfect Christmas Eve dinner. I won’t tell you what it is, but prepare to have your mind blown. On that note, Happy Christmas friends. xxxxx

 

 

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  1. Loved the vid and the ideas. Can I just flag something = a question with safety implications. I love the idea of the disposable baking dish for the turkey,(who wouldn’t want to save on the washing up?) but, I wondered just how substantial it is? As you say turkeys are big brutes and even before you can use the wonderful red silicone lifter, you have to get the tray out of the oven…. will those allufoil roasting dishes be rigid enough not to buckle under the weight of the bird when you are getting it from oven to kitchen surface? Please have a “dry run” before you need to move around the hot, greasy bird. Just in case. Happy Christmas to you both and thanks for an interesting year of blog and kitchen vids.

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  2. Have to admit, I’ve been using disposable turkey trays for a while now (this is Lucy, Christmas dinner veteran) and they are brilliant. Suitably sturdy!
    xxx

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    • Excellent to hear. I now do not need to spend my Christmas worrying about you both!! Have a great time.

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      • And you!
        xxx

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