Cooking your first Christmas Dinner: Prep is everything

With Christmas just around the corner now, more people are starting to panic about Christmas dinner; this is especially the case if you’re going to be making your first ever. The trick to making a delicious Christmas dinner that impresses all of your friends and family is organisation. You need to plan everything out perfectly. You have to be sure on your cooking and prep times, but also sure on the ingredients that you need, whilst you need to buy these in good time too. You should always have a helping hand whether that’s your husband, wife, sister or mother, and an extra pair of hands in the kitchen will go a very long way. If you take the time to do your research, prepare the meal in advance and...

Christmas Pudding Alternatives

Not everybody likes the taste of Christmas pudding; it’s a bit like marmite. Half the people seem to love it, and the other half seem to despise it, so it’s always good to have alternative ideas brewing. Chocolate cake coated in a rich chocolate sauce is always going to go down a treat on Christmas day. It’s all about indulgent food, and there’s nothing more sickly and satisfying than a slice of chocolate cake. Another option is a classic trifle. Who can say not to jelly, custard and fruit? It’s jolly and easily dressed up as a festive dessert with layers of red and white! One final option is a chocolate log. Swirls of chocolate sponge and cream never seem to go down a miss, and you can always add...

Beef for Christmas Dinner – Hear us out!

I know not many people will like to mess with a traditional Christmas dinner, but hear us out first. Ask yourself this: How many times per year do you make turkey dinners? I’m sure the majority of you will eat a lot more chicken, beef, pork, lamb and fish than turkey. There’s a good reason for this too, it’s better! Here at Incredibleedibles we love the idea of beef for Christmas. It’s doesn’t dry out as quickly, it has more flavour, it’s moist when served and it’s quicker to cook. You’re not messing with too many components either; you’re just replacing turkey with beef. And let’s face it, most of us will buy a turkey that’s way too large, and then come boxing day we’re sick of it, we don’t...

Loose Leaf Tea – Why Bother?

You’ve probably seen it in your local supermarket or heard about it from a friend who claims to be a ‘tea fanatic’. Loose leaf tea is growing more popular today, as is ground coffee, but why bother when teabags do the job? Well, a tea bag is more convenient, but if you really love the fresh flavours of tea, then loose leaf is probably your best bet. If for example, you’re making up a teapot for 4-5 people, using loose tea can be the best option, you will need a tea infuser though to make sure no leaves make their way into your friend’s mug. These come in different sizes, but if you’re regularly making a cup for one, then you’ll need one the size of a tea bag. By...

Spotted Dick – A Truly British Dessert

We’ve deleted three headlines for this blog post, but we’ve now decided the name of this dessert sounds inappropriate however you use it. Not many people know an awful lot about this famous British pudding, and there’s a lot more to it than double entendres. It’s a cylindrical pudding made with suet and dried fruit (usually currants or raisins) and often served with a big dollop of custard. Nobody knows where it was first born, but it is believed to have been during the middle 1800s, in the UK. As a steamed pudding, this dessert is super moist, but the flavour of the dried fruit really comes through. We’d recommend this dessert on a cold winter’s night, and we often throw in the zest of one lemon to really bring...

Put down the frozen pizza!

We all know how easy it is to put a frozen pizza into the oven, waiting just 12-15 minutes for a cheese and tomato feast! We all love a little convenience and that’s fine, especially after a long day’s work, however, there are healthier options that don’t take too long to make. Why not make a quick chicken curry? All you need is some chicken breast, vegetables, curry paste and rice (and the rice can even be microwavable or boil in the bag!). This meal can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes, and okay so you’ll have a little more washing up to do, but it will be healthier, tastier, and you’ll be getting some good protein. A frozen pizza from your local supermarket is okay every once...

Making your Own Pizza

Making your own pizza is one of those great things in food which leaves you with dozens of options. Any combination you can think of is good for pizza, making the whole experience of making your own quite fun, and ideal to do with friends and family. To make your own pizza, an easy shortcut is to buy a ready made pizza base. Making the pizza base is arguably the hardest part, particularly if you’ve got no experience with making bread. To simplify the process a bit, you can either purchase the dough ready made, or buy the rolled out pizza base. Once you’ve got this part down, the rest is pretty easy: All pizzas are made with a tomato bas. This is what acts to bind the other ingredients...