Christmas is a time of celebration and sharing quality time with family and friends. Not always for the cook in the house. Time spent in the kitchen preparing food for family and friends is one of the great pleasures but often by the time the revelries begin you are too worn out to enjoy them. Don't worry though as help is at hand with these top tips for stress free Christmas cooking.
Ginger biscuits are so quick and easy to make, - whether cut into fancy shapes or just a good old fashioned biscuit - and are great for Christmas eating. Make them and store in an airtight box and they will keep well right through the holidays.
If you don't want a traditional roast this weekend, then how about popping this Spicy Braised Pork with Rhubarb into the oven and leaving it to cook for a few hours.
This frees you up to do whatever it is you enjoy to do (a little Christmas shopping perhaps). No stress cooking, perfect.
Here in Britain we have been eating mince pies since the 13th century. Back then, the mince pies were made with meat, and later, the more familiar, fruits, spices and suet. Food North Wales have recreated the traditional recipe and it is especially interesting. The mincemeat is made with finely minced Welsh lamb shoulder to which the more familiar dried fruits and spices are added. A long slow cooking over 5 hours produces a thick fruity mince meat. It is intriguing recipe which harks back to those roots and is perfect for those who don't have a particularly sweet tooth.