Catering for a stress-free Christmas party

Catering for a stress-free Christmas party

Who doesn’t love a Christmas party? In a way they are very similar to weddings as they bring happiness, that morning after the night before feeling, tears, laughter and of course fantastic food. Whether it be an office party, a gathering of friends or a family get-together, the same characters seem to make an appearance each year, creating unwritten comedy gold. We all have that one ‘drunk uncle’ in the corner performing some questionable dance moves, the ‘peak-too-sooner’ getting very involved in the mulled wine, and the food table lurker who never moves an inch.

Christmas parties provide great entertainment for everyone involved, but we all know it can be a tad stressful being the host. So we’ve narrowed down some top tips to help take the stress out of catering for your festive party this year. The buffet doesn’t need to be beige. While the drinks are flowing we’ve got some cracking tips, and recipes, for the perfect festive get together.

Choose canapes over three courses

Opting to serve canapes rather than cooking up a three course meal for a large number of people is a great way of not only taking the heat off the host, but also gets people mingling, making sure the food table lurker is never left alone! Although if you would prefer a sit-down meal, why not ask everyone to bring a dish?

Stick to what you know

When hosting your festive celebration this year, it probably isn’t the best time to try out those 12-ingredient recipes you’ve spied in your latest cook book, but that doesn’t mean you should go for the ready-made canapes offered in the supermarket. Choosing to cook homemade finger food doesn’t have to end with you stressed, frantically shoving mini-pizzas in the oven 10 minutes before your guests arrive because the chicken vol-au-vents haven’t risen. Choosing recipes that can be prepared quickly on the day, in advance, and if needed, warmed up when guests arrive could be the answer to hosting that stress free party everyone dreams of. Deciding on old time classics such as sausage rolls, salmon blinis and mini burgers will not only save you time in the kitchen, but will be a lot tastier if they’re made from the heart. There’s just something about a homemade sausage roll…

Get napkins at the ready

There’s nothing worse than being at a party and attempting to juggle your drink and a plate whilst eating, it’s a recipe for disaster. Plus, nobody wants to see their homemade sausage rolls fly across the room. So what’s the answer? Napkins. Napkins kill two birds with one stone. It avoids the troubles of your guests desperately looking for somewhere to put down their drink whilst they tuck into their canapes and talk to others, but also gives them something to wipe their hands on afterwards.

So if you’d like your party to be a homemade one this year, we have some great recipes on our website we’d love you to try! If you haven’t visited our farm shop before, it’s great for creating your very own one-off box for special occasions.

http://www.fieldandflower.co.uk/dept/recipes_d01360.htm

A truly tasty free range Christmas Turkey…

With bonfire night over, we’ve already seen the shelves heaving with advent calendars, and we might have shed a tear at the John Lewis advert too. The countdown to Christmas is upon us, and it’s time to talk Turkey.

At field&flower we’re proud to be great friends with our free-range poultry farmer Stu, and we regularly visit the farm in the lead up to Christmas so we can share the journey of our Christmas turkeys with you.

Stu Perkins - Poultry Farmer

Stu Perkins – Poultry Farmer

Christmas is on Stu’s mind from February. This is when he puts in his bronze turkey order at the hatchery. His focus is on quality not quantity, thus Stu keeps his orders restricted to a small number so there is less stress on the birds. Stu chooses to farm this particular breed as they are naturally slow growing, and ultimately produce a better flavour. He rears his turkeys to full maturity, leading an active life for over 28 weeks, double the lifespan of supermarket birds.

In order to guarantee a truly free range turkey, Stu allows them to roam in endless space for their entire lives. They’re fed on a diet of homegrown cereals to ensure they thrive and grow to a healthy weight.

When the time comes to process the turkeys in early December, they are walked by Stu to the abbatoir on his farm. This creates zero food miles and prevents further stress for the birds. The turkeys are hung for two weeks which created optimum flavour and tenderness.  Then, before you know it, we carefully pack the turkeys and deliver them straight to your door ready for your Christmas dinner.

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You can tell, we think Stu is great. We asked Stu why he believes that a field&flower turkey is the right choice this Christmas

‘I think that when you buy a field&flower turkey, and what’s great about all the stuff they do, is that they know the farm, they know where their meat is coming from. James and James come here, they know the farm and have seen the birds that they are purchasing. True provenance and traceability. You’re not only getting a high welfare product sourced straight from the farm, you’re also getting a bird that it’s been processed in such a way that it’s at its optimum eating quality’

For these reasons we pay Stu 40 percent more than he would if he sold his flock to mass producing retailers. This then allows him to invest more in his farm and continue to specialise in breeding high-welfare birds. We feel so proud that we are able to not only offer a product of the highest quality but can also share a story behind your Christmas turkey too.

A field&flower free range Christmas Turkey

A field&flower free range Christmas Turkey

Don’t forget you can order your Christmas turkey with us now! We’re doing crowns, breasts and whole turkeys. Whether you’re feeding a few, or a big family we’ve got Christmas dinner sorted.  We deliver on Christmas eve too!