Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A Luxury Christmas Dinner for Less


   This week, I cooked my first Christmas dinner. That's right. My first EVER attempt at cooking an entire Christmas dinner by myself. The lovely people at Nectar challenged me to live the #NectarLifestyle, in a bid to live frugally but with the utmost extravagance. Contradictory, right? Well, you'd think so - but this challenge was an absolute blast, and I somehow managed to pull off a luxury Christmas dinner that went down a treat in the Art Style Love household, for just £113.

   First off, I baked two homemade starters which were ideal for getting the tastebuds going and the conversation bubbling along - you can find my post on these fabulous recipes here.

   I cooked up a turkey roast with all the trimmings: pigs in blankets, roasties, Yorkshire puds, stuffing balls, veggies, gravy and a vegetarian option in the form of a rather appetising nut roast (I know what you're thinking - 'how can "nut roast" and "appetising" appear in the same sentence?' - well, this was an extra special nut roast). The turkey was a super easy frozen joint from Sainsbury's, which I covered in bacon for extra oomph. It was more than enough for my party of four people (meaning extra leftover meat for next-day-sandwiches!)

   I was also required to cater to a gluten free guest, for whom I made gluten-free stuffing and Yorkshires. After all, we shouldn't let our intolerances hold us back from pigging out on Christmas dinner.

   White and silver crackers adorned the table, as did silver napkins and my beautiful LED star which is available from Homebase for just £38 (click here to get 33% off selected homeware items from Homebase with MyVoucherCodes!). I used a simple white linen tablecloth and spread out a few candles amongst the crockery for a little cosiness!

   Look out for my dessert and cheeseboard post, which will be uploaded later today - and if you'd like to find out my recipe for extra crispy roasties, head to the bottom of this post.


How to make extra crispy roasties

Ingredients (serves 4):

1kg potatoes
2 tbsp plain flour
4 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
Pinch of salt

Method:


  1. 1. Heat oven to 220 degrees celsius. Place the potatoes in boiling water in a large saucepan, then boil for 5 mins. 
  2. 2. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then give the colander a shake to slightly rough up the edges. Tip the potatoes into your largest roasting tin and sprinkle with the flour and some salt. Stir, then drizzle over the oil and stir again so that no dusty flour remains.
  3. 3. Roast in over for 50 minutes on the bottom shelf. After this time, give the potatoes a stir, then they should need 20 more minutes to finish on the top shelf.
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