Plan ahead - it’s the most obvious thing, but with everything else going on, it often gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Planning means planning, so that generally involves writing a list and a list will give you the confidence that you have thought of everything even if you haven’t!
The Turkey or goose is in the oven, the veg is prepared, the pudding is happily steaming away - time to pour yourself (and the guests/family) a drink! After all that hard work in the kitchen, you’re probably in need of a little ‘lift
At Christmas creating a cheeseboard throws up all sorts of possibilities. Our advice is to go for a limited selection of best-quality artisan cheeses. Your dining room table doesn’t need to resemble your local cheesemonger or supermarket, in terms of range and number of cheeses you offer your family or guests!
If there’s one cheese that speaks of Christmas here in the UK, it has to be a blue cheese, ideally a Stilton and for ‘gold standard’ it has to be a Colston Bassett. Rich, creamy, tangy and full of flavour. The cheese has been around for a long time, with first mention of it back in the 1720’s and it appears to have been first marketed by Cooper Thornhill of the Bell Inn in the village of Stilton.