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Christmas dinner CAN be made easy

By Thomas Charles
Christmas dinner CAN be made easy

Christmas dinner away from home is always a chore, not forgetting the fact you only have 1 pan and a baking try to your name. Instead of waking up to the delightful sights and smells of family cooked dinner, the cold reality hits you… you’re going to have to cook it yourself!

There is so much choice when it comes to traditional Christmas fair that it can seem a bit of a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! You just need to know what you’re doing.

Thankfully, the lovely folks at AO.com have given us access to a whole host of their favourite Christmas dinner components to help those of you that are struggling. From main to dessert, there’re ideas for people of all tastes, and also a handy step-by-step cooking guide to ensure you don’t spend your whole time in the kitchen whilst your flatmates watch Christmas films.

Here’s an easy main to keep you, as well as any other stragglers in your halls, fed and full of Christmas cheer!

Christmas Goose – serves 6


• 1 Goose, around 4kg
• 4 medium Bramley apples,
• Cut into chunks
• 200g whole prunes
• 2 sprigs of rosemary, finely chopped
• 700ml cider
• Ground pepper


• Remove the giblets and any fat from the inside of the goose.
• Rinse the goose under cold water and then dry off with kitchen roll.
• Preheat your oven to 175C.
• Mix together the apple pieces, prunes, rosemary and pepper.
• Stuff the goose with the mix and close it with some wooden toothpicks.
• Place the goose in the roasting tin and pour the cider over.
• Put the goose into the oven and roast for four hours, basting it every 30 minutes.
• Once done, cover with tin foil and leave to rest for 15 minutes before serving and enjoy!

As you can see, having a fantastic home cooked Goose doesn’t have to take 5 hours - and a recipe that’s harder to follow than an IKEA instruction booklet. If Goose doesn’t take your fancy, there are some beautiful beef, turkey or chicken recipes available too that would impress even the most discerning housemate!

Pair with any of the fabulously simple sides that can be found on the AO site, which also features a great step-by-step guide to walk you through Christmas Dinner from start to finish, and you’ll be well on the way to a Christmas feast that even Heston Blumenthal would struggle to replicate!

Just make sure you’re not stuck doing it next year!

Happy Holidays!

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