Monthly Archives: December 2014

Festive Tips from Rozanne Stevens

December 22nd, 2014

We have teamed up with Rozanne Stevens to bring you some top festive tips. Check out her top tips for last minute nibbles here: Last minute nibbles: Over the festive season there are constantly people dropping in for a Christmas drink unexpectedly. Pretty much for the month of December you are expected to be on your toes and have a few nibbles on hand that you can put together at the last minute. My favourite easy nibble platter is a cheese board. Ireland has so many gorgeous cheeses that you are spoilt for choice. Even one really good cheese will do, but three or four are plenty for a feast. Add some high quality crackers, fresh grapes and apple slices, dried figs and apricots and walnuts and you’re on your way. I always add a lovely chutney or jelly such Keep Reading →

Festive Tips with Rozanne

December 15th, 2014

We have teamed up with Rozanne Stevens to bring you some top tips on cooking the perfect turkey and ham with delicious gravy: Succulent turkey: Turkey is a must have on most Christmas dinner tables. But it also causes the most angst as it takes so long to cook, taking up your whole oven. And the breast meat has tendency to be dry if not properly tended. The first step is to make sure that your turkey is completely defrosted if it is frozen. Leave to thaw out for 24 hours in the fridge, not on a work top. Next, check the weight of the turkey before removing the packaging and giblets and pat the turkey dry with kitchen paper. Categorically do not wash the turkey in the kitchen sink! This serves no purpose and actually spreads raw turkey juices Keep Reading →

We have teamed up with Rozanne Stevens to bring you some fantastic festive cooking tips

December 11th, 2014

Between office parties, gatherings for friends, family¬† and neighbourhood bashes, the festive season is one long session of cooking, catering and entertaining. And not to mention the big dinner on Christmas Day, which can send the most laid back host into a panic! As one of my students pointed out, she has been cooking Christmas Dinner for 20 years, but as it is only a once a year event, she forgets the recipes and what she is meant to be doing. And I think that is the crux of the matter. It’s a dinner that you don’t cook regularly, so you feel overwhelmed by all the tasks and the sheer volume of cooking for extra people. So the solution to prevent the panic is proper planning and preparation. And it begins with the grocery shopping. If you do most of Keep Reading →

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