Because this is still November (and Bah Humbug! to all those out there that don’t even want to mention the C-word before December lol) I’m sorry, but in order to make headway, we need to get in earlier. I want to give you a bit of November advice, as this will help when we get to the present shopping part….
Next bit of advice is …..
Make lists! Make A LOT of lists.
Make lists for
- Christmas lunch list
- Christmas drinks list
- New Year’s Eve
- New Year’s Day
- Clothing you think you need
- Parties and nights out you think you might go out on
- Christmas decorations
- New appliances you’re after.
I cannot stress it enough – make lists! It will change your life lol
The Christmas Food list
When you list your meal in terms of ingredients you can then see
- which items you already have (so there’s no doubling up),
- items which you will need to top up (will need less of),
- items which you need to buy closer to the the day (fresh items – usually low cost seasonal fruit & veg, breads etc),
- items that can be bought way in advance (buy now, any special offer items that have a long shelf life or that can be frozen).
This includes food and drink, clothing, house wares and many more.
We’ve also got some fantastic ethnic supermarkets here in Cyprus, and I’m sure you also have some where you live, for example
- Russian (very cheap Quark, Vodka)
- Sri Lankan (cheaper spices, rice and flour available in bulk)
- Vietnamese (unusual veggies)
- African food
These are just some examples which can help add some cheaper and unusual delicacies to your festive buffets etc.
A new and gorgeous way to serve traditional roasted vegetables like parsnips and carrots.
…… And Now Back to The List
Don’t panic if you don’t manage to find all your ingredients as there are fantastic recipes around making the most of the items you do manage to find.
Here’s one recipe that I love, Mince Pie Baklava this came about one year when ready-made Mince pies AND Christmas Pudding were nowhere to be found. Disaster!! So we grabbed some jars of ready made Mincemeat and a pack of frozen filo pastry and made the most amazing Christmas dessert, which has become a bit of a family tradition now.
Traditional Mince pies still get a look in too, but these are our new favourite, along with Lighter Christmas Baked Apples with Mincemeat, for those of us watching our waistline.