In the Philippines we celebrate Christmas season the longest, from September until January. Yes, by September Filipino families start decorating for the season, carols are played and countdown begins.
My first Christmas dinner for 2016 happened last November 21 with Spinneys Dubai. It definitely kicked off festivities on a high note, Chef Mark and his team prepared a delicious spread of minced pies, turkey, roasted beef ribeye paired with yummy sides of stuffing, hasselback potatoes, vegetables and all the trimmings you could possible think off.
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We also got some tips and tricks on how to prepare a stress-free Christmas menu from Chef Mark Evans and lovely food presentation from Spinneys Food Magazine editors Amy and Emily.
I am all for a stress-free Christmas menu preparation this year, no more spending long hours in the kitchen because I’m ordering some food lovingly prepared by the experts. With just 16 days till Christmas day, Spinneys is giving us the option skip the panic of shopping for ingredients with a variety of delectable treats like a whole crown turkey with stuffing, Wagyu beef sirloin and more. We chose the beef ribeye to be the star of our dinner table. You can also order yours via this link.
I will be cooking hassleback potatoes which I think will be a perfect pair for the rib-eye, recipe below.
Garlic and Herb Hassleback Potatoes
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• 5 tbsp olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves, crushed
• 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
• 1 tbsp chopped thyme
• 1 tbsp chopped sage
• 12 SpinneysFood Potatoes for Baking and Mashing
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Combine the olive oil, garlic and herbs in a bowl. Season.
2. One at a time, place the potatoes in the well of a wooden spoon and make deep cuts 1-2mm apart along the width of the potatoes (the spoon will stop you from cutting all the way through).
3. Rub the potatoes with the garlic and herb oil and arrange cut-side up in a large roasting tray. Cook for 1 hour, until the skins are crisp and the centres tender
Spinneys customers can order their Christmas menu in store until December 15. Here’s to a fun and relaxed Christmas preparation for 2016!
For more information, please visit www.spinneys-dubai.com.