You can’t escape it – the start of December heralds the coming of all things festive, so we dusted off our Christmas jumpers here at Great British Chefs and threw ourselves into the seasonal spirit. With the aim of making the holiday as stress-free as possible, our Christmas menu planner laid out timings for the month, while Clare Gazzard picked up some top tips for getting ahead with an easy Christmas dinner. Talking turkey, our essential recipes and cooking guides addressed everything from roasting to rolling, and our chefs chipped in with some of their favourite stuffing suggestions.
Although we love the fact that many of our festive foods are steeped in tradition, it’s great to have some alternative options, especially when catering for different diets. We made sure we had plenty of meat-free recipes for the main event, Tom Shingler explored the culinary mine-field which is vegetarian cheese, and we also focussed on some essential gluten-free Christmas recipes. For the Christmas pudding-haters, our alternative dessert collection had plenty of inspiration from chocolate to trifle.
Beyond the main meal itself, wine guru Fiona Beckett filled us in on what to drink at Christmas, particularly useful when thinking of hosting a canapé and cocktail party. In the spirit of giving (and receiving!) Katie Smith looked at recipes for perfect edible gifts, including some delicious Christmas biscuit recipes which would be perfect for as a great activity for cooking with kids, and Izzy Burton sorted the perfect present for every foodie with her run-down of cookbook gifts.