It’s finally December! I’m so flipping excited. In comparison, to the rest of the world, my Christmas is very subdued. My family isn’t Christian or anything so we don’t really celebrate Christmas, however, it is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is all snugly and cold, you favorite sweaters are out, shops are decorated for Christmas, Vlogmas has started and everyone is basically buzzing for the upcoming holidays.
I’ve been so excited about my posts for this month, that I started planning it in August. I may have gone a bit overboard, but when it came down to actually pulling it all off, a few things got canned. I spent two days with my cousin back in October with my cousin and put together everything I’m putting up over the next month.
This post is basically something to help you get started on planning your Christmas dinner so that you’re not running around last minutes. Fair warning, its quite chatty!
Start planning your dinner well in advance. You don’t want to be running around last minute trying to buy ingredients or set your table. Make a checklist, it’s honestly the only thing that will keep everything together. I made one for almost everything I was doing, even what to make when. Just be slightly more organised than me and don’t write everything on scraps of paper. Coz when that piece of paper gets lost, you’ll cry.
A great source for all my ideas has been Pinterest. You can get lost in it all if you just type Christmas dinner ideas into the search bar. Besides the internet, I swore by Tanya’s Christmas. Tanya Burr recently released her latest book that tells you exactly how to have an amazing December, and Christmas.
One of the biggest factors you need to keep in mind when planning the dinner is the number of people coming over. I planned for 4 people, but I will mention what proportions to change if you’re cooking for more. Also, check if they’re vegetarian or not. I haven’t done anything vegetarian, and I know that’s unfair, but honestly, I couldn’t really pull off the ideas I found online. What you could do for them is a nice vegetable bake.
Once you know how many people, and what they eat, start planning your menu. I knew I wanted to do a chicken. Its just enough for 4 people and can easily fit in my oven. I know a lot of people do a leg of lamb or ham, but you don’t get excellent quality ones in India, and if you do they’re super expensive. Therefore CHICKEN! I just stuck to a few traditional sides to go with it, potatoes, carrots, beans, and bread.
Now the dessert. I planned to do a sticky toffee pudding. I didn’t just plan it, I made it. According to the recipe I followed, the pudding should have cooked in the oven in about 25 minutes. Unfortunately, though that was not the case. An hour in the oven and nothing. The top was cooked, the bottom completely raw. Either I misread the recipe (quite possible with me) or the oven’s gone bust (again very possible). So I don’t have a proper dessert recipe, I’m very sorry. However, there are a few things I made that could work as great substitutes.
Onto your shopping list. Once the menu is planned, make your shopping list. Very very important. Buy things that aren’t perishable in advance and keep aside. Then all you need to pick up at the end is chicken and vegetables. Everyone is running around doing Christmas and end of year shopping. Try getting ahead of it all and finishing as much of it off as early as possible.
BUT… before you do any of this, make sure you feel the Christmas spirit. Decorate your tree, listen to some Christmas music, watch lots of Christmas movies (Love Actually is my all time favorite) and have FUN!