Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I have been a little blog tardy of late and honestly I could go down the apology route but I feel its best just to say that I have been very much enjoying the food and drink of the festive season and that is never a bad thing!

The festive season can be a joy and a kitchen shattering nightmare all at the same time.  You invite way more people than you would normally, you make things you would never normally make and you do it all whilst sipping way too much wine.  While I am not about to start giving you tips on how to be the perfect host and prepare the perfect food I instead offer you some cheats that may make your life easier.


  1. Who has time to peel potatoes on Christmas Day??  Peel them the day before and cover them with cold water and leave them somewhere cool till you need them.  
  2. Stick a sliver spoon into the neck of a champagne bottle to stop the contents going flat.  It will stay fizzy for about a day.
  3. The colder the champagne bottle the less likely it is to explode when you take out the cork.
  4. Store fresh ginger in vodka.  It will improve the flavour of the vodka and the ginger!
  5. Lemons and oranges give more juice if soaked in hot water first.
  6. When buying a fresh tree, give it a shake.  If lots of needle drop its an old tree!  
  7. Extended your table and don't have a tablecloth big enough?  Just use a clean, ironed bed sheet. 
  8. You can prolong the burning life of a candle by putting it into the fridge the day before.
  9. Wine cools down quicker with the cork removed.
  10.  Buy good quality paper plates to save on washing up.
  11. Use GLAD Odour Guard bags in your kitchen- no matter what you stick in them, your kitchen will smell fresh and parties have a habit of creating lots of smelly waste  Nobody wants a smelly kitchen, get some of these- they really are fab and work a treat!

Ready and prepared to handle even your smelliest kitchen garbage, this bag helps neutralize the worst trash odours. And with the Easy-Tie®closure you just tie, grab, toss, and you’re done.

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So party happy this Christmas with a few cheats and don't forget that a happy host should probably have a gin and tonic never too far away from them!

I was sent a GLAD Odour Guard Kit to try out for this blog post.  Images, opinions and smelly garbage are my own.  

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