Tips for planning your Christmas meal

Various brightly coloured fresh fruit and vegatables from the Capital Region Farmers Market,Aussie Christmas. What a great time of year to celebrate with your friends and family over delicious festive food. But let’s face it, no one wants to be slaving away in front of a hot fan forced oven on a 30+ degree day. With this in mind we’ve put the following simple tips together to help you with your Christmas meal planning:

  • Plan plan plan – know what you’re going to create ahead of time and be prepared with all the ingredients you need.
  • Avoid the oven if you can – on said 30+ degree day, fresh Australian seafood might be more enjoyable. But if the oven is a must, try and do the cooking early to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Buy fresh food with lower food miles – you’ll know where your food has come from and you’re also assisting our farmers and producers.
  • Buy only what you need – don’t cater for the masses unless you have, well, masses.
  • Stick to a budget – check your cupboards for the basics first, but don’t skimp on quality where it counts, for example on your meats and seafood.
  • Balance your flavours – have something for the sweet and savoury lovers.
  • Add your own personal touches – even if you buy your own Christmas cake, you can decorate it yourself!
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