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Ben’s Twelve Twinkling Tips for your Christmas Meal

Christmas dinner is the best. We have asked Ben a few tips to getting it right this Christmas

1. Buy the best ingredients you can, if possible from a local farm shop where they’ll likely be local and fresh
2. Prep as much as you can ahead of the day itself to make the big day as easy and enjoyable as possible
3. For the ultimate roast potatoes, pre boil or steam the potatoes until well cooked, once drained, shake them in the pan to roughen up the edges, roast in duck/goose fat or dripping, seasoning well, turning and basting regularly until golden brown and crispy
4. Precook vegetables in salted boiling water and “refresh” in cold water to stop the cooking. Then you’ve only got to reheat on the day
5. If cooking turkey, have the butcher bone the legs so you can stuff these, roasting the legs and the resulting Turkey Crown separately, this will reduce the cooking time over a whole bird.
6. Get the children involved in the cooking/prep, if my two are anything to go by they’ll love it, and they’ll learn something
7. Add some port and orange zest to your cranberry sauce to give it a little something special
8. Infuse milk by bringing to the boil with bay leaves, thyme, onions & cloves, then remove from the heat, cool, cover and refrigerate the day before for your bread sauce.
9. Buy some stunning Cornish fish as an alternative to the traditional Christmas lunch
10. Do not go over the top, we all always end up with too much food.
11. Get someone else to do the washing up
12. Make sure you have plenty of your favourite tipple, you deserve it!