Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year with the Easy Food Christmas Annual! Not only is this special edition bigger than your average Easy Food, but we’ve crammed it full of all of the recipes, tips, insider know-how and gift recommendations you could possibly need to see you through silly season. Read on for a sneak peek of what’s inside…
1. Deck the halls
Get yourself in the mood with our homemade decorations — all food-themed, of course!
2. Planning tips
The only way to stay stress-free over Christmas is to be organised. We’re sharing our top tips for staying ahead of the game, so that you can actually enjoy yourself when the big day rolls around.
3. The nibbly bits
Our favourite canapé selection yet! Easy yet impressive nibbles to delight your guests, whatever the occasion.
4. Cocktails and mocktails
Delicious ideas for raising that celebratory toast, whether or not you’re indulging in alcohol.
5. On the starting line
Kick off the most special meal of the year with one of our stunning starters; this velvety roasted squash soup with crispy pancetta and pine nuts is just option number one.
6. Main plate perfection
We’ve really pulled out all the stops this time round, with no fewer than five fabulous, over-the-top main course menus including sides, sauces and those all-important spuds. Whether you’re after the traditional turkey and ham or something more unusual, you’ll find something delicious here to suit your tastes.
7. Plant-based alternatives
Non-meat-eaters have a wealth of choice this Christmas, from starters right through to some truly special main course options. Just look at this gorgeously colourful stuffed squash!
8. Step-by-step baking basics
If it’s your first time taking charge of the Christmas baking, don’t worry — we have all the information you need to create the traditional treats, including foolproof step-by-step images.
9. Stunning cakes
Looking for a showstopping centrepiece? You’ve come to the right place. From the chocoholics’ dream that is our After Eight cake to the oh-so-festive mince pie Bundt that graces our cover, there’s something for every taste and table.
10. Fondant 101
Decorating with fondant can be tricky, but Food Stylist and baking guru Shannon Peare is here to help! Using one basic recipe, she’s developed two different ways to style your cake, depending on your skill level.
11. Free-from baking
There’s no reason those on special diets should miss out on the Christmas goodies! From gluten-free biscuits to a decadent vegan chocolate cheesecake, we’ve got just what you need to treat everyone this season.
12. Tales from Team Easy Food
We’re reminiscing about our near-disasters from Christmas dinners past, and the lessons we learned from salvaging our mistakes!
13. Butcher advice
Our ever-helpful butcher Michael Fleming is giving expert advice on alternatives to the classic turkey and ham, including this fabulous beef Wellington.
14. Edible gifts
We love both giving and receiving handmade gifts — especially when there’s food involved! Our edible gifts are the perfect way to show you care.
15. Gift guide
We run through the foodie gifts we’d love to receive this Christmas and the cookbooks we’re planning to give, while Deputy Editor Jocelyn Doyle has rounded up her favourite artisan drinks for those looking for a special bottle for that special someone.
The Easy Food Christmas Annual is in shops from November 4th, and trust us — you won’t want to miss this one.