Christmas Feasts

This year I’m cooking Christmas dinner and I’m turning to Nigella Lawson for help. I used Nigella Christmas as a reference last year. The turkey recipe is brilliant and my family, which includes three trained chefs, said it was the best they’d ever eaten. High praise indeed!

Nigella’s wonderful book is full of baking, great ways to prepare veges and recipes for left-overs. She also provides a schedule for Christmas day to ensure you stay on track and don’t cook the peas before you put the potatoes on (which becomes increasingly likely after you’ve indulged in some festive champers, darling).

Many celebrity chefs bring out a Christmas recipe collection: Jamie Oliver, the Hairy Bikers, Delia Smith and chocolate connoisseur, Marcel Desaulniers, to name a few.  If the hold lists are long on the book you want, check the internet for recipes. There are plenty available. Add a twist of your own, strawberries, pavlova and ice-cold chardonnay and you’ve got a unique Christchurch Christmas. Bon Appetit!

5 thoughts on “Christmas Feasts

  1. Laraine 22 December 2010 / 4:43 pm

    You sound to me like a glutton for punishment. I would flatly refuse to cook for one trained chef, never mind three. THEY would be doing the cooking! 🙂

  2. Michael A 23 December 2010 / 10:16 am

    I just can’t get with the Nigella-lovers team. I find her semi-seductive, flirty style devalues whatever it is she is presenting so can’t take her recipes seriously. Give me Jamie or Heston any day (and look out for Heston’s Christmas Feast on TV Xmas Day)

    • keenanj 23 December 2010 / 10:27 am

      Interestingly I think your comment shows just how much TV influences the cookery genre. I find Nigella’s recipes very good, but her style infuriating, it is hard to separate the simpering and lip smacking when reading her recipes.

  3. Marion 23 December 2010 / 11:59 am

    My Christmas feast cuts lots of corners – simple fresh veg, salmon on barbie and ham off the bone. Desert outsourced so no glamour chefs involved. The application of good alcohol to the guests helps the absence of glam. I find Nigella a bit ott in presentation but some of her recipes seem pretty good and I did once watch her make a stonking great Yorkshire pud that looked the bees knees.

  4. Rachael 24 December 2010 / 4:53 pm

    Ooh, searching online is a good tip, thanks! Not that I’ll be doing much – I normally chop up the fruit for the fruit salad and left the rest to the “pros”. =D

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