Christmas lunch is a once only affair in our house. I love it but have no desire to recreate it on any other day of the year. Apart from now, that is.
Waitrose got in touch to see if I would like to try out their new Interactive Meal Planner and maybe a bottle or 6 of their festive wines.
So Christmas came early in our house this year much to the delight of all the family. I decided to stick to tradition but having tasted all of the Waitrose festive meat options at their Christmas press review I was most tempted by the following for the big day itself:
Turkey cracker with chestnut, cranberry, bacon & juniper stuffing
Easy carve turkey with a rich fruit stuffing
Three pig roast
Ballotine of turkey, chicken and duck with a rich fruit stuffing
Easy carve cost duck with a pork, gingerbread and apricot stuffing
Free range goose with a pear and gooseberry stuffing
This is just a tiny selection of the Christmas meat range offered by Waitrose, along with all the accompaniments you would imagine, which come ready prepared or not depending on your taste and cooking abilities.
The interactive meal planner could not be easier to use. All you do is click on the number of people you are cooking for and it works out the correct amount of food you will need to buy. If you are not too keen on eating turkey until 2015 then this is the way to shop. If however you love your turkey leftovers and relish the idea of cooking curries, soups and pies with the leftovers then I would increase the amount of people you are serving your meal for to accommodate this.
Waitrose have also included a very useful How To Choose A Turkey guide to help you decide which is the best option for you. There is also a step by step guide on how to carve your turkey, tips from Heston and recipes galore to inspire you. Watch the videos too!
I also have a guide to making a simple roast which talks you through the whole process.
I ordered my pre-Christmas meal via the interactive meal planner and was pleased to discover it works and takes all the effort out of calculating figures and weights at the click of a button. Granted our meal was only for us (5 in total, 2 adults & 3 children) but it provided me with exactly how much I needed in terms of vegetables. Altough I don’t mind having left over veg, that wasn’t the aim of this task. I needed to make a meal that served us in correct proportions and that it did.
Why not try it out for yourself, although you will have to be quick as the online delivery slots are going fast!
As for the wine selection to go with the meal, just like the last mixed case I received back in the summer, it is a winner on all levels.
Villa Vincenta Prosecco “Fresh elegant fizz with apple & pear” £11.99
Laurent Michel L’Artisan Chardonnay “A great new wave Burgundy look-alike” £9.99
Waitrose Sauvignon Blanc Villa Maria “Crisp gooseberry fruit and smoky, stony finesse” £7.79
Cave de Roquebrun Col de la Serre “Intense and complex, packed with red fruit flavours” £10.99
Barbera ‘Alba San Michele Malvira “Rich Barbera from historic vineyards” £11.99
The Cubist Old Vine Garnacha “Perfumed blackberry & cherry fruit” £7.99
The wine selection, for my taste, was excellent. Well priced for the quality of the wine received and the unexpected stand out bottles were the Chardonnay which I usually loathe and the Col de la Serre, a red with deep layers of flavour.