It’s now the second Monday in December and I am back with another Merry Monday Blogmas post! Today’s post is all about dinner planning! Hopefully, by now you will have an idea of who will be coming to Christmas dinner and have a list of guests along with any dietary requirements so we can start to plan the meal!
Christmas dinner in my house tends to be a lot like a traditional roast dinner but with a few extra special touches. I don’t eat meat so serve either a nut roast or some kind of meat-free main, such as a Quorn Roast as an alternative to meat.
I have a look at food magazines and Pinterest to get an idea of things that I would like to serve for starters and dessert, and I also use store magazines (Asda and Tesco both do brilliant magazines with some really lovely recipes). Once I have decided on the starter and dessert I print out or cut out the recipe, write out a list of ingredients and then file the recipe away safely.
Next on my agenda is to write out all of the ingredients for the main course that I want to serve, things like potatoes, carrots, peas, Brussel sprouts all go on the list. I then think about all of the extras that go along with the meal – gravy, other condiments, drinks, garnish, cream and other things.
Once I have a full list made up I then check the cupboards and assess what I have and what I need to stock up on. By this point, my list looks awful and is full of crossings out and notes that I have made beside things. When I have an idea of what is needed and I have checked all of my cupboards I then re-write the list out tidily so I can understand it at a glance when I take it shopping!
I like to calculate the amounts of things I will need so I look at how many people I will be cooking for and make calculations based on roughly what a portion of each vegetable and other food is, then multiply it by the number of guests before adding on an extra portion (just in case anyone else may come). Once I have all of this figured out I then make a start on buying all of the ingredients that are either frozen or won’t go off. I leave buying the fresh vegetables, cream and other perishables until nearer to Christmas Day.
Have you decided on your Christmas Menu? What will you be having? I’d love to hear about your food plans in the comments!