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Perfect Christmas

Dinner is at your place and you're hyperventilating. Don't worry, with a bit of planning, it will go off without a hitch.

06 Nov 2009

Here's your guide to a stress-free Christmas dinner...

You're still recovering from Christmas eve and the last thing you feel like doing is cooking. Planning ahead ensures you have some time to relax and spend with loved ones. Let us help with our planning ahead guide to a perfect light Christmas lunch.

The annual Christmas lunch is at your house and you can find yourself going slowly, inexorably crazy with panic in a matter of days! Here are some tips on how to pull it off without a hitch and be a really good hostess.

In the countdown to Christmas we remind you of the important details, from ordering your gammon to drawing up a shopping list, preparing the gammon step by step guide to making and glazing gammon and side dishes, some recipes to try and ideas for desserts and drinks.

Planning ahead for your Boxing Day brunch, ensures that you can relax on the day and end off Christmas with a high note.

You should really have made your Christmas fruitcake by now, but it's really never too late. Follow our Step by step guide to making a festive fruitcake or this Low GI Christmas fruitcake and then learn a couple of expert tips and tricks for the perfect Christmas cake.

What's on the menu?

If you still have absolutely no idea what you're going to cook, or looking for a slight variation on your regular themes, see what's on our Christmas menus:

Easy Christmas breakfast menu

Traditional Christmas lunch menu

Contemporary Christmas Menu

Christmas Eve cocktail party menu

You know what you're having, but what is the rest of the world eating over Christmas? Read our feature Christmas around the world.

Why not check out Food24's best new cookbooks that 10 of our fabulous bloggers reviewed? Cookbooks make great Christmas gifts too!

More recipe ideas:

Bake a batch or two of homemade Christmas mincemeat, homemade creamy liqueur or these condensed milk biscuits.

And what about the children? They'd really love you for making a big jar of magnum and chocolate sauce.

Make the absolute best roast chicken.

Going for the big bird this year? Learn all about making and serving turkey.

Make sure everything ends on a sweet note with our latest video selection of classic desserts: Chocolate fondant, chocolate mousse and these awesome easy meringues.



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