Planning a Christmas meal is fun but stressful. Who is coming and who’s not, what they like, what variety of food and how much food is needed. I certainly plan in advance but invariably get caught up in the stress of it and forget that one important dish.
Waitrose groceries have taken a lot of that stress away by creating a Christmas dinner interactive tool. It helps with food ordering and lets users work out how much food they need, of every dish, based on the number of guests.
My initial impressions were –
- It is very pictorial and easy to use.
- You simply select how many folks you are expecting and hey presto the app tells you how much of everything you need.
- It covers all major Christmas foods giving a lot of choice including your turkey, sprouts, stuffing, bread sauce, lots of vegetables and cocktail sausages.
- It then links to the to the items you need to prepare the meal and recipes as well if you want them.
- It also links to ready cooked meals (this really would take the stress of cooking away!).
So of course, I was happy to jump in and test it out. So I ordered enough food to feed four people, using to the tool. Then I had a field day cooking and eating my early Christmas meal. I even had some Christmas music in the background and crackers decorating the table. All that was missing was the tree.
I had to go with chicken (as I could not get hold of a turkey), then had the usual extras of brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, roasted vegetables and gravy. It really was as straight forward as I had hoped. We had a long lazy lunch and pretty much wolfed it all down along with a couple of rather nice bottles of white wine (lunch guest number 3 only likes white).
I think the quantities of the vegetables and gravy I made were perfect. We did not miss the cabbage (again down to fussy guest number 3, who had a bad cabbage experience in childhood). Overall, the quantities were generous – which is what you want on Christmas, you never want someone thinking that there isn’t enough for seconds (or thirds). We had a few left-overs, but not enough to worry about (packed lunch the next day).
Would I change this app? Only one small change, I would add a vegetarian main course option. But with everything else sorted down even including the corresponding drinks and canapés calculator and tons of vegetarian recipes on their site, I don’t think this is a deal-breaker.
So – will I use it for real at Christmas? The answer is yes. Certainly. In fact, I’d say for a stress free Christmas meal (well, to take some of the stress away), use out the Waitrose Christmas dinner calculator. Life will be much, much easier.
And while you are at it please do check out the Waitrose wines team selection of Christmas favourites wine case. I think they have selected the right balance of wines (1 Prosecco, 2 whites and 3 reds) which means there is something for everyone.
1 x Villa Vincenta Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy
1 x Waitrose Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria, Marlborough, New Zealand
1 x Laurent Miquel L’Artisan Chardonnay, South of France
1 x Cave De Roquebrun Col De La Serre, South of France
1 x Malvirà Barbera d’Alba San Michele, Piedmont, Italy
1 x The Cubist Old Vine Garnacha Pablo, Spain
Thanks to Waitrose for sending me a vouchers and some lovely yummy wine to test out the Christmas dinner tool. All opinions are my own.