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!