I hope that my previous posts on rethinking gift giving and rethinking gathering have provided you with some useful ideas for simplifying and reducing the stress of Christmas this year. This week we are rethinking menus.
As a guest, who hasn’t felt seriously over-indulged during the holiday season? I for one love food and am prone to excessive consumption at this time of year (actually…..at other times as well!). As the host there is always the tendency to overcater. And we’ve all been to those lunches where the table is groaning under the weight of every variety of food imaginable. My preference is to prepare and serve just a handful of carefully selected items. After all there is a limit to how much people can fit onto their plate.
Here are our staples for gatherings, at any time of the year not just for the holiday season:
Almost all of these dishes can be prepared at least the day before, and the oven doesn’t have to go on at all. This is still a lot of food, and noone will leave hungry!
I hope these ideas are helpful in planning menus that enable you to get organised ahead of time. This will reduce stress on the day of your gathering. And thinking about matching quantities to guest numbers will reduce food waste.
What’s on the menu at your place for your holiday season gatherings?