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Posted by Hayley Gilbert Tuesday, 1st December 2015
They say that good things come in small packages and whilst this is true in many respects, bigger is definitely better when it comes to cooking the Christmas feast. When you consider all the elements that make up this traditional family meal, from the roast potatoes crisp with goose fat to the turkey surrounded by little pigs in blankets, not to mention the vegetables, the gravy and the Christmas pudding, as well as any extra sides and vegetarian dishes, it’s essential to have the biggest ovens you can sensibly squeeze into the kitchen. Rangemaster’s Excel 110 range cooker is guaranteed to take the stress out of the big day as it comes with two large A-rated ovens, a smaller slow cook oven, grill, warming zone, griddle and six-burner gas hob. Take your pick from silver, gloss black, stainless steel, royal pearl, slate or, perfect for the festive season, a mouthwatering cranberry shade to suit your scheme.
Rangemaster also offers the biggest and best in terms of refrigeration and dishwashing, too. Check out their DxD four-door fridge-freezer or the SxS American style – perfect for party platters as well as all your fresh and frozen food. Now is the perfect time to invest in a new dishwasher while you’re at it. Put an end to after-dinner squabbles with the 12 place setting fully integrated design. Then simply relax and put your feet up.
Once the appliances are taken care of, it’s time to turn our attention to the finishing touches. The dining table is one of the best ways to show off your creative skills this Christmas and there are so many wonderful decorations and accessories to choose from. I love the Vintage Noel Christmas range by Ginger Ray, which will add a fun, colourful theme that will delight all ages. Look out for their hessian bunting and honeycomb tissue paper decorations.
Add a festive touch to the dresser, sideboard or open shelving with Jan Constantine’s Christmas Collection, which is inspired by Alpine chalets, skiing holidays and Fair Isle woolies. These pretty decorations and tea cosy are appliquéd with hearts, words and snowflakes onto rich red felt wool.
This year I’ll be getting Santa’s little helper to make cakes and cookies for the family with festive patterns to add that personal touch. This Mini Laser Engraved Rolling Pin costs £10 from www.en.dawanda.com
When it comes to serving up party nibbles, it’s all too easy to run out of plates, so I’ll definitely be trying this idea out. Acacia chopping boards in mint or neon pink make great serving platters and cheeseboards and are ideal for brining a pop of colour into the kitchen. A small board costs £19.50 and a large, £25, available at Berry Red.
Here’s to a happy and healthy Christmas for us all. Merry Christmas everyone x