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    12 tips to cooking Christmas lunch

    Make a full shopping list


    This crucial when planning your Christmas lunch – it may sound simple but it is a key part of making sure you are a ready for anything Christmas day throws at you.


    Look for a market bargain


    It’s always worth heading to the local food market to try and find the best bargains, especially in the lead up to Christmas. You’ll often be able to get a much better deal and do a little haggling with a market trader, not forgetting how fresh your ingredients will be.


    Quantity can be just as good as quality… sometimes!



    This is a classic rule of Christmas lunch – you always want to have much more than you need!


    Prep, prep, prep


    Take the time to write down the running order of what you are cooking and when to ensure smooth running of your day, if you don’t want to do that then click here for a pre-written list.


    Get those Christmas canapes at the ready


    The perfect start to Christmas lunch is a great selection of canapes – looks like BBC Good Food have done the hard work for you here with this fantastic array of delicious treats, click here to find out more.


    How to cook that perfect turkey


    This is by far the most difficult part of the day, you want to ensure that your Turkey pleases all the family. If you want to find out perfect recipe then click here.


    The critical Christmas side dishes


    It wouldn’t be Christmas lunch without a huge array of sides from honey roasted carrots to delicious parsnips and pigs in blankets to the greatest gravy there ever was. Click here to find out more!

    How to arrange the perfect table


    It’s always nice to have a great looking table for all your family to enjoy on Christmas Day, if you are looking to splash out a bit then head over to John Lewis for an amazing selection of tabletop Christmas decorations.


    Get those drinks flowing

    It’s key to get those drinks flowing whether they be alcoholic or not, they will bring some festive cheer to the whole day. Click here to find the best Christmas drinks!


    How to carve the perfect turkey


    This is a fantastic part of the day, normally when everyone is really ready to eat, and to make sure you do it to the best of your ability click here to find out more.


    What to do with a Christmas pudding?



    If you want to try something a little different with your Christmas pudding, the click here to find out more.


    What to do with all the delicious leftovers


    Sometimes one of the best things about Christmas lunch are the leftovers that you can use on Boxing Day! Here is a brilliant recipe for using up all that Turkey.


    The most important tip of all….

    Most importantly make sure that you have fun when cooking the Christmas lunch! Bring in the family to help and however it turns out you can still enjoy all the festive cheer with them on this great day.


    What tops tips do you have for cooking Christmas Lunch? Let us know in the comment section below! 

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