I have a toddler.
He's nearly 4 and starting to make his mind up about everything and deciding what he likes and doesn't like. He has an opinion about everything and loves to share his opinions.
On the last few Christmas days I've missed all the fun.
I've, yes you guessed it been stuck in the kitchen. Now I love to cook and I like to share food with my family, but I missed out on so much of the fun and the joy of his excitement on Christmas Day. I have family over from morning until night, so there is breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to provide.
This year I am doing it differently. He won't be little much longer, so I'm going to join in the fun this year. I'll make soup the night before for lunch and I'll do my own gravy and roast potatoes, but for everything else I will be relying on Mr Marks and Mr Spencer.
I've been trying out a few of their dishes ahead of time to get an idea of what I might serve. For Christmas dinner, I tried:
Indian-Style Snacks with a dip and some salad
Caramelised Onion & Goats Cheese Tarts
Peas and Carrot Batons
Sicillian Lemon & Ricotta Cheesecake
The Indian snacks were lovely, crisp and spicy. The tarts are a new favourite. I have to give them 5 stars, they were delicious and will definitely be making an appearance on Christmas Day. The sides were good too and then lemon cheesecake finished off the meal beautifully. I'll be buying the cheesecake again too.
For Boxing Day I tried:
- Vegetable Quiche
- Potatoes in Herb Butter
- Mexican Coleslaw
- Festive Fruity Couscous with Pecans
- Orzo Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
M&S quiches are always good, the festive couscous had a lovely dressing and a nice crunch from the pecans and I really liked the Mexican coleslaw, which had a pleasant kick to it.
The cake, as they say on The Great British Bake Off is a showstopper and would be great on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. It will definitely wow your guests.
An all-butter fruit cake, packed with jumbo vine fruits and nuts, and fed twice with Cognac and covered in marzipan and soft icing, then hand-finished with soft and royal icing decorations to look like a fairy forest.
Simple, but delicious food, that requires little work after a hectic Christmas Day. Perfect!
Hurry though, there are only 5 days left to order Christmas Food from M&S.
Have a very happy and stress-free Christmas!
Disclosure: M&S provided some samples of their vegetarian food for me to try. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed were my own.