Miers launches Christmas blog with Sainsbury’s on Yahoo! Lifestyle

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Not quite Christmas cake

Not quite Christmas cake

Celebrity chef, Thomasina Miers, has teamed up with Sainsbury’s to launch a festive feasting blog on the Yahoo! Lifestyle website.

Miers demonstrates how to enjoy some affordable culinary luxury this Christmas with deas designed to take the stress out of entertaining at home.

According to Yahoo! UK, the blog features an online weekly selection of easy-to-prepare Christmas dishes, inexpensive present ideas and creative use of those inevitable left-overs from the Masterchef winner and co-founder of the Wahaca group of restaurants.

Each week during advent, Miers will cover all Christmas catering eventualities – stumped as to what to cook for the descending hordes? Need to keep the kids entertained in the kitchen? Looking for inspiration for an impressive New Year’s Eve Feast? Thomasina’s got it covered, says Yahoo! 

The series kicks off with a boozy ‘not quite Christmas cake’ which doesn’t require weeks of feeding with brandy and icing, followed by a dish bearing Miers’ trademark Mexican stamp – a celebration chilli con carne to make ahead of Christmas and freeze to be enjoyed on Boxing Day.

Follow Thomasina’s blog at http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/by-you-by-sainsburys/ in the weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve and you’ll find mince pies with a twist, a mouthwatering pilau to rustle up for hungry visitors and the perfect way to use up those leftover scraps of cheese from the cheese board, says Yahoo!

Miers said: “At Christmas, the most important thing is we spend time together as a family enjoying ourselves so I try to plan in advance easy, fun recipes that are a little bit different but that are going to taste incredible. 

“With a little preparation, a few cheats and clever planning you can avoid spending the whole time chained to the stove and relax instead. I don’t believe Christmas is about spending a fortune either; good food doesn’t have to cost a lot, it is easy to feed lots of people without spending too much, and as a lovely and inexpensive alternative to buying presents I love to make delicious, home-made treats that friends and family are really going to enjoy.”

Thomasina’s seven weeks of Christmas culinary treats

Week one: Stir Up Sunday – an easy ‘not quite’ Christmas cake

Week two: Chilli con carne for Boxing Day to stick in the freezer

Week three: Edible Christmas decorations to make with the kids – shortbread surprises

Week four: Making the perfect mince pies

Week five: Feeding the hordes with ease – chicken liver and spiced winter vegetable pilau

Week six: New Year’s Eve Feast – whole sea bream on a bed of baked potatoes

Week seven: What to do with the leftovers – a delicious Christmas rarebit