Survive the silly season

By Dixie Elliott

Prepare your Christmas feast ahead of time so that you can enjoy the day with family and friends, MiNDFOOD reports.

Where has the year gone? Didn’t we just have Christmas? Only four weeks to go and Santa arrives. The shops are full of Christmas decorations, gifts to buy for loved ones and the letterbox is stuffed with Christmas brochures every day.

The silly season really is here. But along with it come all the good times. Wonderful times with friends and family and relaxing holidays.

I love planning what I am going to make for Christmas lunch. I shall be cooking a late lunch for our dear friends Rhonda and John, and family. Although I cook every week all year I still have problems deciding what to make.

I think if you choose the very best and freshest produce available and cook it simply you can’t go wrong. We’ll be heading down to the fish markets at about 5.00am to buy big plump oysters, the freshest prawns and maybe even a crayfish or two.

I will be cooking the Turkey with Preserved Lemon and Fresh Date Stuffing from our Christmas issue on the barbecue so the house doesn’t get too hot. I’ll also be making our Peach and Blueberry Trifle.

Trifle is such a Christmas dish – it’s a dessert that everyone just loves. Think how lucky we are in this part of the world. Because Christmas is in the middle of summer we have all the very best food to choose from: berries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, figs, tomatoes, every kind of lettuce, avocadoes.

Make your Christmas feast easy. Don’t try to do too much and, if possible, try to prepare ahead so that you also will be able to enjoy the day. Delegate jobs so that everyone gets in and helps. Whatever you do, enjoy.

In my next blog I’ll give you some practical tips and advice on how to prepare for Christmas.


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