Containing tips and secrets to ensure that every Christmas dish is a rip-roaring success, this book shows the reader which dishes can be made ahead, what can be frozen and how to cheat successfully when the chips are down. It also helps readers find over 80 festive recipes, all photographed, and features also include the Christmas day feast.
Christmas Made Easy – By GoodFood Review
Your Festive Season Easier
Contributors to this beauty of a book on all things edible and Noel range from John Torode to Ainsley Harriot, James Martin to Joanna Farrow – whose Little Pear and Ginger Christmas Puddings look utterly divine on the front cover… and her Christmas Crown Cake is positively star of the show (its fairy tale style icing houses a magical tea tree light!)
What I particularly love about this compilation is the variety of style from so many top chefs. Mary has also thrown in a very useful four-week planner too, utterly middle-class but all great fun to see what one ought to be up to on the social circuit!
Helpful time plans are included for the turkey… which I so want to serve the delectable sounding Port and Lingonberry Gravy with. Despite having no clue where to obtain the latter. Aha, but they even list stockists…
Yes, we have all the usual suspect Christmas recipes, which we want and need, but we also have some exciting variations and easy twists on them too. And that is the key to this book; simplicity. Vegetarians are catered for with mouthwatering and hearty concoctions such as Ratatouille with Goat’s Cheese and Herby Crumble, Cranberry and Pistachio Rice and Festive Butternut Squash and Stilton Pie.
Which is enough to make me turn momentarily herbivore. Add to that the intriguing Fruit Liqueur Jelly recipe that is Beaumes-de-Venise (after seeing its almost transparent golden hue, I’d happily bathe in one of those) and you have a wonderful book to come back to season after season for inspiration.