Make sure you’ve got a pan big enough to hold the turkey
Make sure you can get the turkey into the oven
Have you got enough foil to cover it?
Check timings for cooking turkey ( see below)
Check you have enough plates.
Check you have enough serving dishes (for brussel sprouts, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, stuffing)
Lay in liver/hangover treatments
Make brandy butter
Get 5p/10p/20p coins for Christmas Pud (remember Mr Osborne’s prudent principles; no 50p coins)
Make/buy cranberry sauce
Prepare alternative to Christmas pudding
Remember who’s gone vegetarian since last Christmas. Make sure you have ingredients for said dishes. Chocolate sardines will not do.
Check the booze supply
Calculate probable calorific intake.
Calculate post-Xmas action plan to cope with excess.
Make plans to off-load unused food items and unwanted presents
Check supplies of : eggs, milk, butter, creams, lemons, limes, clementines, ginger, fennel, celeriac, potatoies, onions, carrots, celery, chickory, salad thimgs, pulses, frozen peas and lavatory paper.
Take turkey out of fridge. Remove wishbone
Take mince pies out of freezer
Line up bottles of wine. Count them. Feel pleased.
Put fizz into fridge
Make sure you’ve got 3 pairs of oven gloves
Pour glass of nerve tonic. Contemplate the morrow.
Panic. Pour second glass of nerve tonic.
Sink into profound depression
Go to bed.
- Sark Lark (cont). And Sue, Julie, and the team at Stocks Hotel, an oasis of peace and civility. And good food. 1 day ago
- Sark Lark. Thank you green fingered Magells, Dave the shepherd, Peter & Jarrod, fishermen, and Chris & Mary of the dairy. Top time 1 day ago
- Awake to the tranquillity of Sark and the delightful comforts of Stocks Hotel. How cheering to find such places exist. 2 days ago
- Lunch at Story on Tuesday lives in the memory. Dazzling stuff. Beautifully modulated cooking anchored by earthy good sense. Dashing service. 3 weeks ago
- Crab House Cafe, Wyke Regis. Poor souls. 9 Forts for dinner. We had a cracking dinner, charming service and a delightful time. 3 weeks ago
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