With just under 3 months until the big day, many families start thinking about the Christmas dinner well in advance. A common question amongst us all especially if this is your first time planning a Christmas dinner is "How do you select your meat for the Christmas feast?"
Last year I prepared and cooked for my family for the first time, lets just say it was an experience but I enjoyed it. Although, I didn't enjoy the scramble at the supermarket rushing to find that there were no cocktail sausages left in the freezer aisle and heading onto the next supermarket and the next to be disappointment that everywhere had sold out with a week to go. Which got me thinking about buying all of the ingredients online instead. Why the need to be rushing around the supermarket on Christmas eve because I'd forgotten to pick up enough vegetables or bailey's, I can do it all from the comfort of my own home without rushing.
Buying food online is nothing new and during this past year particularly I've discovered how easy and convenient it is having stuff delivered at home. It has also made me a much more adventurous cook - I've discovered my love for cooking and creating something from many different ingredients lurking around the fridge/cupboard.
Last year I cooked turkey and as nice as it was I am thinking of cooking something different this year. In the past my mum has cooked other meats and after all turkey might be the most traditional meat however it doesn't mean you have to have it. There are many different meats to choose from such as a joint of ham, duck, beef, lamb and chicken.
I recently came across Country Valley Foods which is a family business who sell high quality fresh meat and have done for over 40 years. They deliver to 100s of restaurants, hotels, food producers, retail butchers and homes across the North of England.
Meat hampers are becoming widely popular amongst large families as well as weddings and large events. Why not take a look at this selection of Meat Hampers from Country Valley. My favourite would have to be the Grand Reserve Beef Steak Hamper which includes 16 steaks this would be perfect for hosting a big family get together or even for a New Years day meal. Many families also opt for a hog roast for Christmas or New Year celebrations which is slightly different but they are becoming largely popular. Hiring a hog roast is an excellent way to impress your guests as well as providing fantastic entertainment for all.
Do you like to be traditional and have Turkey or will you be having something different this Christmas?
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