Christmas Feasting Guide: Fresh Food Hacks
The season of wining and dining, jingling and mingling is here!
There are a swag of social events and end-of-year wind ups to attend, you've got to shop for all of your nearest and dearest and every night you'll dish up a delicious meal for the family - but in amongst the festive chaos you also have to prepare for the big day itself, so here are our best tips, tricks and jolly hacks to win this Christmas!
Plan, plan, plan...
Whether you have the entire extended family joining you for Christmas lunch or you have a smaller more intimate gathering, the key is to plan ahead.
Write out your menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert on the big day itself and then also consider Christmas Eve and Boxing Day (if not the whole week of Christmas) depending on when you will be completing your festive shop.
Once you have the menu plan, itemise the ingredients you will need. Don't forget to note down any additional cutlery, crockery, glassware, cooking equipment or kitchenware you may need to bring it all to life!
Watch the weekly sales...
Christmas is the time of year when you'll make once-a-year purchases to create those traditional festive recipes so with a few weeks to go until the big day is here, now is the time to peruse the fresh food catalogues and familiarise yourself with stockists and prices so you can strike when the price is right!
Recipes to keep in mind when you're looking at weekly sales with 4+ weeks to go include Christmas cake ingredients, dry goods for charcuterie boards, pre-made sauces and canned goods.
Don't miss out on your must-haves...
Sometimes you need to follow your head, other times you simply have to follow your heart! Now this sounds a little deep, but the truth is, there are times to wait for sale pricing and there are times when you purchase your favourite, must-have, indulgent items because you deserve the holly, jolly feels they produce.
At Christmas time when a lot of limited edition and once-a-year special releases hit the shelves, it is important to grab your favourite items before they're all gone for another year.
Trial and error is your friend!
If you're an old pro in the kitchen and you're prepped and ready to cook up a feast for the fam come Christmas, then skip this section... but if you're donning the chef's hat for the first time as host this year, we advise to try your Christmas dish prep before the big day is here.
Don't leave that 51-step recipe for Christmas just to find it a dishevelled, burnt, bitter mess! Invite some friends around and enjoy a pre-Christmas feast without the pressure to impress - then you'll be able to perfect the dish for the big day!
Invest time wisely...
Make sure you have a balance between prepping and cooking time as well as relaxing and socialising time - 'tis Christmas after all!
If you're doing a traditional turkey roast, this can take 2-3 hours so maybe balance this out with a couple of light pre-prepped salads and a pavlova base that you just have to top with a little fresh fruit.
If you're committed to going all-in for Christmas Day, then make sure Christmas Eve and Boxing Day feature quick and easy menu items like a ready-to-roast turkey roll or catered cheese and antipasto platters.
Remember to enjoy!
There can be a lot of stress and pressure involved in the build-up to a fabulous family Christmas, but remember that the name of the game is to relax, indulge and celebrate!
At every step of the way, make time to enjoy the moments you have with family and friends, enjoy a beverage or two and enjoy everything you are blessed with.
Head into Westfield Coomera to pick up all of your fresh food this Christmas, along with all of the specialty homewares and kitchenware you need to bring it to life!