Morning, everyone. This isn't going to be the usual format. Instead, I will just waffle on about my preparations and a few meals I make over the Christmas period in a very random fashion. I will be back to Slimming World based stuff on Tuesday with a leftovers challenge to take us into the New Year and beyond!
Recipe: turkey, cranberry and chestnut meatballs in a creamy sauce:
I baked them in the Ninja, 170C, air fry, 15 to 20 mins
Cheffy I am not! No way. I am sure Jamie et al are right and all that roasting chicken wings and veg, mashing it down, using flour and butter, etc, must make a wonderful thing but I can't be bothered.
In the past, I have always made a stuffing using Paxo, chopped pork and ham, melted butter and a bit of extra sage because that is how Mum and Dad liked their stuffing. Nowadays, I buy one of the fancy stuffings that abound at this time of year and make it up Christmas eve. This year it is cranberry, orange and roasted chestnut stuffing from Sainsbury's. I've just made it up and added some more dried cranberries because there's never enough. I have to say, it smells delicious!
I use frozen cranberries because you can be pretty sure of getting them all year round and it's useful to have some in the freezer.
I just boil together frozen cranberries, demerara sugar, splash of water, orange zest and orange juice. Sometimes I add cinnamon but this year I am just adding a good glug of port.
Making it the day before means that the flavours mellow overnight - it is definitely better second day.