When it comes to cooking up a storm at Christmas time, things can get stressful.
With the pressure of putting on the perfect Christmas spread, the kitchen can become frantic.
From ensuring there's enough food, to not wasting any of the leftovers, Curtis Stone shares his top tips for saving time and making the Christmas cook up a bit simpler.
With Curtis currently busy with his restaurants in Los Angeles and looking after his retaurant at sea, SHARE onboard Princess Cruises, Curtis is as time poor as the rest of us! So, here are the hacks that he lives by:
Think about how annoying it is when you have to pop out to the shops for some butter or sugar, when it comes to saving time in the kitchen, Curtis says it's all about having a well-stocked pantry.
"Having good salt, butter, dry pasta, parmesan and a bottle of cooking wine in the pantry makes last minute meals easy and delicious," he says.
While some of us may fall back on trusty ham sandwiches, Curtis opts for something a little more interesting.
"I’ll throw anything in a tortilla for tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, but I’m also a big fan of soups and salads that can incorporate leftovers really easily," he adds.
Preparation is key
To enjoy a hiccup-free Christmas Day, Curtis says you have to put in some groundwork.
"The best advice I can give is to plan and prepare as much as you can in advance and then just enjoy yourself," he tells. "Get the family and guests involved in the kitchen. It’s where us Stones all end up for that matter!"