Stress Free Shortcuts For Christmas Day.
Am I alone or has this year gone so very quickly?
I feel like it was just weeks ago that I was thinking about last Christmas and yet…here it is again.
As stressful as this time of year can be...I do love everything about the festive season.
I love all the crazy cooking, the tree, the sunset swims and decorating our table with something imaginative.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve relaxed my stance on making absolutely everything from scratch. It was insane.
There’s much wisdom in taking some simple cooking shortcuts and spending more time eating and laughing with your family.
I’ve put together some simple ideas using clever products from Woolworths. All of them are high on fabulous but will save you lots of precious time on the day..
Remember part of the magic of Christmas is the mystery.
Don’t tell and they’ll never know…
The Pretty Pink Raspberry Drink.
The Pavlova Wreath.
I do not understand why I hadn’t thought of this one before?!
Because nothing quite says Christmas in Australia like a Pavlova Berry Wreath.
And it’s three-step simple.
Take the large Woolworths Pavlova Base (1kg) . Remove all packaging and carefully place on a large platter.
Use the outside edge of a bread and butter plate to carefully trace a hole in the centre of the pavlova. Cut around with a knife and remove the inner circle (you could easily make a baby pavlova with this).
Top with whipped Woolworths Thickened Cream and decorate with fresh, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds and baby mint leaves.
Then watch as you WOW them.
Polenta ParmasAn Chips. The End.
Festive Frozen Vegetables.
A great way to save time on Christmas Day is taking a shortcut with your vegetable prep.
For me, Christmas is all about colour and so I choose snap frozen vegetables like carrots, peas and corn cobs that provide a great backdrop for fresh toppings and marinades.
Here, I’ve used Woolworths Julienne Carrots ($2 for ALL that chopping!) and steamed them until just soft. Once drained you can really let your imagination take over with the toppings.
I created a simple dressing using Macro Organic Unhulled Tahini Spread mixed with two tablespoons of lemon juice and salt and pepper.
Then I topped it with fresh pomegranate seeds and lime halves I chargrilled on the BBQ.
Couldn’t be simpler. Or prettier.
The Magic of Christmas Ribbon.
You have to be committed to make your own Christmas cake.
You also need time. Days in fact. And that’s not for everyone.
So, if you want to nod to Christmas tradition, a great way to add colour and ceremony to the cake (and table) is to wrap it like a present.
Remove all packaging from a large Woolworths Iced Fruit Cake and find a pretty serving board or platter.
Wrap the outside of the cake in colourful Christmas ribbon. I used Woolworths Christmas Retro Fabric Ribbon - which is fantastic because it’s stiff.
For extra prettiness, tie a bow on the knife and add these Woolworths Christmas Glitter Snowflake Decorations to the top of the cake.
The Easiest Prawn Cocktail You’ll Ever Make.
Dessert Grazing Platter.
Dessert grazing boards are perfect because they’re a decoration in themselves and you can build to suit the size your tribe (and their tastes).
This year, I went traditional using lots of old-fashioned favourites and peppering it with golden coins and candy canes for kids.
I can’t stress enough how fun these are to assemble and you could literally buy everything this weekend and just open and assemble on Christmas Day.