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Getting ready for the festive season

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 12th December 2016

So the countdown has begun and it’s only two weeks until Christmas. But don’t panic if you’ve not started planning yet – there’s still time. Our handy checklist will help you get organised in the days to come so that when the big day arrives, you can relax with the family and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

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Gingerbread Mocha Mousse Cake

Posted by Gill Bland Wednesday, 7th December 2016

Not everyone loves Christmas pudding and even if you do, it can be a bit much at the end ofa full Christmas Dinner. This dessert makes a lighter alternative and is quick and easy to assemble, especially if you make the biscuits ahead of time. It’s an ode to the Christmas drinks so popular in high street coffee shops at this time of year and who knows, maybe it’ll give you a nice caffeine boost at the end of the meal - just enough to make it through the washing up before you collapse in a heap.

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If you are cooking a turkey for the first time it can be daunting!
Here are some tips to help you produce the best roast turkey ever!....

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It’s that time of year again

Posted by Alexandra Dibble Tuesday, 15th November 2016

It’s that time of year again, the weather is getting cold, the hat, scarves, coats and gloves are being dug out of wardrobes, all the takeaway coffee cups have turned red and that certain department store have released the highly anticipated Christmas advert. 

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Leftover turkey? Here’s how to use it up...

Posted by James McIntosh Monday, 21st December 2015

Turkey sandwiches, turkey casserole, turkey curry, perhaps even turkey risotto, turkey stew… It can go on for days.  But it need not be a chore.

Planning leftovers, especially with too much turkey can be a pest.  From experience, ordering a full turkey of about 200g per person is plenty (including carcass weight).

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Musings on Christmas dinner

Posted by Gill Bland Tuesday, 8th December 2015

Christmas dinner - the most wonderful meal of the year?

I’m going to have come clean on this subject. I have only ever cooked Christmas dinner once. I massively over catered and I over cooked the veg. But, despite the spiced red cabbage mountain left after my attempt I’m not averse to the idea of trying again because you know what? I’m pretty certain that the cook is more critical on themselves than anyone else is of their cooking when it comes to Christmas dinner. In fact how about we don’t call it that? Let’s call it a turkey roast dinner to celebrate Christmas. It’s not your only dinner of the Christmas period after-all and there’s a lot more to Christmas than that one meal. 

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Supersized Christmas

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.

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Christmas Breakfast

Posted by Gill Bland Tuesday, 16th December 2014

What do you normally have for breakfast on Christmas day? It’s a tough one – do you go light to leave space for extra stuffing (literally and figuratively) later on? Do you go decadent and rich? Do you wish you could go decadent and rich but really grab half a slice of lukewarm toast as the kids drag you to “see what Father Christmas brought?

 

After carefully considering the festive break-fast I thought that what would be most useful was a customisable option. Something that can be made easily and eaten either slowly in conjunction with a bucks fizz, or in a flurry of shredded wrapping paper with a mug of tea.

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It's Not Too Late. Don't Worry.

Posted by James McIntosh Tuesday, 9th December 2014

Stir-up Sunday was a few weeks ago and traditionally this was the day one made their Christmas pudding, however it’s not too late to make one, it just won’t be as mature in flavour as it could be.  Relax, put the tree up, deck the halls and get ready for Christmas.

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Prepare ahead for Christmas

Posted by James McIntosh Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

As the song goes "It's the most wonderful time of the year". I don't know about you, but I just HATE it when one of my colleagues announces in September that all of the Christmas shopping has been completed. I consider myself a very organised man, but Christmas, I'm never ready, but I love Christmas. If it's with my family its back to Belfast or if it's with Mother-In-Law it's off to Frankfurt. I'm always back in London after a few days away for New Year to celebrate with friends. In essence, it's a week of dinners...

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