Come Christmas, I tend to overdose on desserts. There are so many to choose from: chocolate log, stollen, mince pies and, of course, the customary boozy Christmas pudding - so why not have them all? It gives you and your guests an option (after all, we never know what we'll fancy after dinner) and caters to all likes and dislikes.
Oh, and don't forget the cheeseboard! See my tips on choosing the perfect cheeseboard selection at the bottom of this post.
For my #NectarLifestyle luxury Christmas dinner challenge, I picked a gorgeous tradition pudding with a twist from Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range; with an orange and cranberry marmalade, almonds, pecans and a cognac infusion, this was the perfect finish to a delectable Christmas dinner - and it was only £6.50!
I also picked up a beautiful Italian Pandoro from Sainsbury's, which I sprinkled with icing sugar for a snowy effect. This went down really well with some luxurious Charbonnel et Walker hot chocolate, followed by some super sweet stollen bites and mulled wine.
How to choose the right cheese for your cheeseboard
If you know that lots of people will be eating cheese, you'll need at least five different cheeses to cater to different tastes. Include a variety of different flavours and textures: 'aged' encompasses the typically harder and sharper cheeses such as cheddar, gouda and parmesan; 'soft' refers to spreadable cheeses - roule is a popular one for this, as are brie and camembert; 'blue' cheeses commonly appear to be spotted or veined throughout - this includes stilton, gorgonzola and bleu de gex.
However, it's not just the cheese you nee to think about - accompaniments such as breads, fruits and chutneys take a cheeseboard from zero to hero. Think about purchasing a few different types of crackers (some people prefer sweet some people savoury), grapes are a must and a couple of chutneys wouldn't go amiss. You could also pile on some cured meats such as salami and prosciutto, as well as some olives, roast peppers and fresh pickles.
I think I've made this more complicated than it should be, but it's really not. If you're in doubt, just head to the deli counter at Sainsbury's and the friendly assistants will be more than happy to help!