To-do list: Your countdown to Christmas

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Follow these steps in the run-up to Monday, 25 December and you’ll pull this off without a hitch.

22 DECEMBER

  • Create your Christmas playlist (Avoid Boney M)
  • Buy cut flowers so that they have time to open
  • Make stuffing and freeze (can be made a week in advance)

Try: Buttery roast turkey with mushroom-and-sausage stuffing and roast plums.

23 DECEMBER

  • Shop for all your ingredients, except the salad items
  • Make festive biscuits and store in an airtight container
  • Stock up on ice and make edible flower-and-fruit ice or frozen coolers

Try: Shortbread biscuits with lime icing.

24 DECEMBER

  • Buy all the salad ingredients
  • Make decorations: spray eucalyptus leaves, fynbos and pine cones gold or silver to arrange on the table
  • Polish the glasses and set the table
  • Make desserts that need setting or chilling time
  • Make the components of your cakes, especially layered cakes. Wrap all the components in clingwrap to assemble on Christmas morning

Try: Meringue cake with cream cheese icing and caramel cornflake crown

25 DECEMBER

Early morning

  • Make the dressings for salads
  • Make the starter (assemble just before serving)
  • Make all the sides (assemble just before serving)
  • Make the potatoes and heat in the oven just before serving (If you are making roast potatoes, parboil and freeze a week ahead)

Try: Hasselback potatoes.

2 hours before lunch

  • Place the meat in the oven (allow for 30 minutes’ resting)
  • Assemble all sides
  • Prepare all the salads
  • Assemble cakes

Try: Naartjie-glazed gammon with blueberries and star anise

26 DECEMBER

And now for the leftovers…

Find our leftovers recipe collection here.

DISCOVER MORE FESTIVE FEASTING IDEAS HERE.

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