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Christmas planning

Get-ahead with our recipes & expert tips.

It's never to early to start planning Christmas! Ensure your festivities are stress-free this year with our make-ahead recipes and top tips...

Christmas portion planner


Not sure how much food to buy? We've calculated the quantities for you...

How to get ahead at Christmas


Enjoy Christmas Day and get the hard work out the way well in advance...

What dishes should you bring to the party?


Festive invites flooding in? Turn up with Christmas cheer and an impressive party starter...

Make-ahead Christmas recipes


Cut the panic and stress with our make-ahead Christmas dishes...

Top Tip

Start by printing out your recipes and work out what you can prepare before Christmas Day. The final push should be all about cooking or reheating, not peeling and chopping.

When do you start planning Christmas?

Come December, are the presents wrapped and the freezer full or do you enjoy the rush of last minute Christmas chaos? Let us know how you plan for the festive season...

Skills & know how

As well as helping you decide what to cook we can also help you to cook it. From tips on cookery techniques to facts and information about health and nutrition, we’ve a wealth of foodie know how for you to explore.

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