Christmas made easy with Donald Russell’s Christmas Simplicity Box
I’m a keen home cook, and I like to think a reasonably competent one at that. But there are occasions when things are really hectic and it’s nice to be able to rely on great quality products that help to make life just that bit easier.
This is where Donald Russell can step in to help. I was delivered Christmas dinner in a box; a frozen turkey crown, pigs in blankets, goose fat roast potatoes, braised red cabbage, Brussel sprouts with shallots and bacon, and caramelised carrots.
Everything can be cooked from frozen. What could be simpler and more stress-free than Christmas dinner done in 60 minutes? I could imagine this being perfect for someone working in retail or healthcare who works right up to Christmas day itself who has little chance to do their own shopping or food preparation. There are big advantages in ordering a turkey crown too depending on your taste! It’s basically the top part of the turkey so all white meat. It’s much easier to carve and you won’t end up with leftovers for the next few weeks
All I had left to do was pop it all in the oven. The only thing that I think was missing from the simplicity box which would have made it even more perfect, was some stuffing. I also deglazed the roasting tin with a little more turkey stock and some Madeira to make a little more gravy.
The verdict from our guests was that the meat was succulent and moist and that there was a good choice of traditional vegetable sides. We did feel that if you are serving six people a few more potatoes would have been good, I roasting some parsnips to make sure there were enough veg for a real feast. We had meat left over, so there really is enough for six people to enjoy this box.
If you haven’t heard of Donald Russell before you might be interested to know that they’ve been around for 40 years. They hold a Royal Warrant and are perhaps best known for hand-cut steaks and roasting joints. They are from Aberdeen in Scotland and their meat is used across the restaurant sector in addition to being available for you to buy at home from their website. Not a bad place to trust with your own Christmas lunch or any other special feast for that matter.
The brochure that came with my box contained many other delicious looking items; the salmon en croute caught my eye in particular and may end up featuring in a laid-back New Year’s Eve supper at home. If you fancy trying this for yourself, the link is below.
To make things even better, this Festive season we’ve been offered a Christmas Simplicity Box for one lucky London-Unattached reader. For your chance to win, just let me know in the comments below what your favourite part of the Donald Russell Christmas meal is (hint, check the link for more about what you get in the Christmas Simplicity Box), then follow the rafflecopter through for some extra chances to win!
Meanwhile, here are a few of my favourite Christmas recipes
For Italian style Christmas Canapes
A festive turkey lunch for one or two
Super simple Christmas Yule Log
Advocaat and Mincemeat Ice-Cream
White Chocolate and Vanilla Fudge
A classic Advocaat Snowball
Delicious Rhubarb and Custard Cocktail
How’s your own Christmas prep going? Have you started planning yet?
We really will be running another 11 giveaways for Christmas, watch out for a special chocolatey treat tomorrow!