Recently, we caught up with the three lovely ladies behind The Mothership (who you’ll spot in our January issue!), My Little Loves and Sassy Mama blogs to talk festive hacks and handy tips. They asked us 6 Christmas questions – we’ve turned them into useful tricks:
Hack 1: What to serve instead of Christmas pudding
While it might be a festive delight, Christmas pudding isn’t not everyone’s cup of tea. To make sure you please the entire holiday crowd, our meringue wreaths are beautiful to look at and even more beautiful to eat. Or why not appeal to the chocoholics and opt for a decadent dark chocolate and orange tart; it’s made with a Christmas pudding crust without tasting like it, so you can use ingredients that you already have.
Hack 2: How to convert those who don’t like Brussels sprouts
Brussel sprouts are notorious for getting left untouched at the dinner table but they’re a truly nutritious festive green. Bump up their popularity by merely tossing them in olive oil and grated parmesan prior to roasting; you’ll get even the sceptics wanting more.
Hack 3: How to make an easy mocktail
There are plenty of tasty mocktails that will please any crowd. We’re in love with this chilled green tea number and with added aloe vera, it serves as a nutritious offering. Or for something that’ll add fizz, sparkle and flavour to your drinks in seconds, try SpinneysFood Sparkling Grape Juice; as a pre-warning, you might want to think about getting more than one bottle, it’s seriously good.
Hack 4: How to spend as little time as possible on starters
Sometimes it’s easy to forget about Christmas canapés when you’re busy putting together the main meal. That’s why it’s good to have some quick recipes up your sleeve so that you can spend more time with the ones you love, like this smoked salmon and horseradish pate that takes 15 minutes and requires no cooking. Nothing says Christmas starter like rock melon and bresaola – it looks pretty, tastes pretty and is definitely pretty easy to make. Another speedy option is boiled eggs and curried onion butter on rye for any vegetarians in the group.
Hack 5: How to use up leftovers
We’re all about using up any leftover food this season and we’ve got plenty of yummy recipes that will do just that. This turkey, clementine and blood orange salad is perfect to combat the post-festive bloat and utilises that delicious bird, while these carrot, camembert and turkey croquettes with parsley yogurt have just the right amount of crunch. If you’re looking for a main meal in the aftermath of Christmas, this turkey and cheesy leek pasta bake is a definite family favourite to see in the new year.
Hack 6: How to make the perfect stuffing
Paxo Sage and Onion with Garlic Stuffing Mix is flavourful and merely requires being picked off the shelf. Equally, if you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, this cranberry, hazelnut and sausage stuffing is a great treat and a recipe you can revisit post festivities.
Do you have any festive questions for the Spinneys team? Just visit any of our social media pages, use the hashtag #AskSpinneys and one of our experts will get right back to you.