Here we are again, another year has gone by and we’ve arrived at December, the most festive month of the year. If you’re the one in charge of this year’s christmas family meal: good luck! I know it’s not an easy task and it’s very stressful at the best of times, but this wonderful book by Nigella Lawson will be an absolute godsend! Consider this book your Christmas survival kit as it’ll give you some time-saving tips and some great recipes that will surely please your entire family, including your vegetarian relatives.
Christmas is a time for family and friends, for tradition and treats. But, let’s face it, when the pressure to feed and entertain builds up, the festive season can begin to lose its sparkle… That’s where Nigella comes in. With her no-nonsense approach, her inspirational ideas and empathy for the practical realities of the season – combined here with reliable easy-to-follow recipes and reassuring advice about planning and cooking ahead – Nigella Christmas is guaranteed to bring comfort and joy and make sure the season of good will stays that way.
Here is everything you could wish for to make your life and your Christmas easy and enjoyable: from party canapés, cocktails and manageable mass catering to scrumptious Christmas cakes and puddings; from no-fuss brunch to quick and easy homemade presents (chutneys, preserves and other delectable standbys) and edible tree-decorations. There are mouthwatering recipes with a seasonal twist and simple menus for feeding friends over the extended holiday season with minimum stress and maximum enjoyment. And, of course, exciting and inspiring variations for the Main Event itself – from her traditional super-juicy turkey with all the trimmings, to festive ginger-glazed ham and the Ultimate Christmas Pud; from goose, rib of beef, stuffed rolled pork, all the way to a special vegetarian Christmas feast, a chocolate pudding for Christmas pudding haters, a French Yule Log, Australian Christmas Pud and the Boozy British Trifle.
Nigella’s cakes, as always, gladden the heart – and, like many of the recipes here, are at home all year round – but her ‘At-a-Glance Christmas Dinner Countdown’, together with make ahead and freeze ahead tips throughout, can help take the stress and strain out of the season. With its glorious illustrations, Nigella Christmas will surely be a perennial favourite, the book we will all reach for – for inspiration and reassurance – as soon as Christmas comes round each year.
The chapters in this book are:
The more the merrier – cocktails, canapés and other scrumptious party food
Seasonal support – soups, salads, sauces and serve-later side dishes
Come on over – easy dinner ideas for stress-free suppers with friends
The main event – from traditional roast turkey to the ultimate Christmas pudding… with all the timings you need for a stress-free Christmas Day.
Alternative Christmas dinners – goose, beef, pork and a vegetarian feast
Joy to the world – Christmas baking and sweet treats
All wrapped up – mouthwatering gift ideas for a personal touch
Christmas brunch – recipes to make Boxing Day special