your idea of the perfect xmas roast dinner wit all the trimmings plus your tips 2 perfect dinner?


  • Roast turkey, crispy roasties, roast parsnips, brussel sprouts, carrots and cauliflower cheese. Trimmings will be baby sausages wrapped in bacon, sage and onion stuffing, pork and mushroom stuffing and mmmm…. gravy made with the turkey juices. My two tips are cook the turkey early in the morning and when done, cover it with foil. It stays warm for hours, and lets face it, whenever it is taken out of the oven, it is barely warm by the time it is dished up and vegetable are plated. This enables the oven to be turned up high for those roasties. Second tip is lay up the table before going to bed on Xmas Eve. Merry Christmas!!

  • someone

    Roast with roasted potato’s and root veggies
    or garlic mashed potato’s and gravy
    with steamed veggies and fresh green salad with cucumber green pepper celery topped with rings of red onion
    homemade bread or rolls
    and lots of different pies

    any and all recipes can be found on they also have great meal planning tips and menus

  • Carol R

    Coke Roast

    1 5 – 6 pound rump roast
    1 package Lipton Onion Soup mix
    1 12 oz. can of Coca Cola

    Place roast in crockpot. Sprinkle dry onion soup mix over the roast. Drizzle the can of Cola over the top. Turn crockpot on low and cook overnight.

    This roast will be extremely tender and has a nice flavor. As for "trimmings", mashed potatoes with the juice from the roast, green beans or asparagus spears, homemade yeast rolls and a tossed salad. Top it off with a nice dessert and you have a great meal.

    The left-over roast (if there is any) can be shredded, and then add a bit of BBQ sauce for sandwiches. Delicious!

  • Roast duck with a mango salsa

    Spicy lamb chops

    Mashed blue Peruvian potatoes with a daring chicken gravy

    Chop suey

    Boiled Maine lobsters

    Maryland crab cakes




    Chuck wagon stew

    Chicago Pizza

    Oyster shooters


    Candy apples

    Carne Asada

    Sapotes Dulces


    Foie Gras


    Black eye peas

    Omaha steaks

    Kansas City pork Loins

    Brazil nuts

    Deep fried frog legs

    Wonder bread

    Chocolate milk

  • Florence

    Roast duck, roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli, (a few) sprouts, mini bacon-wrapped sausages, home made sage and onion stuffing and cranberry sauce, gravy, a glass of wine, followed by fresh fruit salad with plenty of orange and, dare I say, real dairy cream. Finished off with a cup of real coffee.

    Clear the decks in the kitchen, prepare as much as possible beforehand ie veggies can be popped in the freezer. A fruit salad can be done the day before.

    Delegate jobs such as preparing veg., setting the table and washing up.

    Happy Christmas

  • Make sure you defrost the turkey before christmas eve! saves alot of hastle..

    Christmas Eve


    N.B: use king edward potatoes (peeled) for the roasts and baby new potatoes for boiled (unpeeled).

    1. Prepare your potatoes and place in lightly salted water, cover and leave overnight

    2. Peel the rest of the veg and leave overnight in plain water.


    1. remove giblets (put to one side).

    2. clean the turkey.

    3. make a slit in the skin over the thighs and breasts – carefull not to shred the skin too much.

    4. mix butter, crushed garlic and mixed herbs in a small bowl.

    5. Stuff the butter mixture under the skin throught the slits (this helps to keep the meat moist).

    6. melt any remaining butter and brush over the skin mixed with a little water and brush over the top of the turkey.

    7. get a large roasting tray and fill 2/3 of the way up with boiling water.

    8. add some rosemary and thyme sprigs to the water.

    9. place a dish in the water thats big enough for your turkey and place the turkey inside, Cover the whole thing in tin foil.

    10. set the oven on a low heat – about 100`C (not sure) and cook overnight.

    Go to bed and when you get up in the morning the house will smell of roasting turkey!

    Christmas day


    N.B: Most of the veg can be left untill the last 5 mins

    1. Parboil the potatoes

    2. Strain and shake the potaoes to losten them a bit

    3. Cover in goose fat (sunflower oil if you dont have any)

    4. Place some garlic, rosemary and thyme on the baking tray and cover with tin foil

    5. 30 mins before the end of cooking time place in a preheated oven for 20 mins at 200`C

    6. Remove foil and cook for another 10 mins for a crispy finish.

    N.B: depending on the size of the potatoes the cooking times may vary, check before serving.


    1. Remove from the oven and stuff with your choice of stuffing, I like to use bread and onion stuffing with sausage meat.

    2. Cook turkey according to instructions on the packet.

    3. Remember to top up the water and to cover the turkey in its juice every 20 mins or so.

    To make the bread and onion stuffing

    1. Take some bread (preferably day old)

    2. Chop the onion(s) – aproximately half the amount of bread crumbs

    3. Season with salt and pepper and add to a food processor

    4. Use an egg yolk to bind the mixture together (more than one may be required)

    To Make Gravey

    While the turkey rests

    You can use granuals and add the water from the veg (not the potatoes) and the juices from the turkey (skim the fat off the top first)


    1. Fry the giblets.

    2. Fry a small onion, 2 cloves of garlic, a pinch of rosemary and a pinch of thyme.

    3. Blend untill smooth in a food processor.

    4. Spoon the mixture into a pan and whisk with the turkey juice, vegetable stock and a turkey stock cube

    5. season to taste, for a thinker gravey toss the giblets in flour before frying or add a little cornflour to the paste in the blender.

    Finally serve on warmed plates.

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