Curtis shares memorable family moments and great tips on keeping your cool as the perfect festive host.
Curtis Stone's Christmas tips
Q: What do you value most about bringing friends and family together on Christmas Day?
Just being able to be with my family and special friends. If this year has taught me anything, it is that we can take the little things for granted, such as connecting over good food.
Q: Describe the most memorable Christmas in your lifetime (childhood or more recent)?
A couple of years ago we decided to have a white Christmas. We rented a house at the snow at Mammoth in California and my entire family all stayed together. It was the first time my kids had seen snow, and was truly unforgettable. My brother and I are best mates, so watching our kids open presents on Christmas Day together with snow falling outside made for great memories.
Q: Can you offer advice on how to make Christmas as stress-free as possible?
Plan ahead! I am big on making a list and checking it twice. Know what you are cooking well in advance and prep when possible days in advance. Also have a list of things you can delegate – everyone loves a job.
Q: What do you serve guests to nibble on when they arrive?
I am a fan of a fancy grazing platter, with lots of finely sliced cured meats, pickled veggies and olives. Also, who can resist seafood? Prawns and oysters make great bites to nibble. This way you don’t have to wait on your guests as they can pick and choose and you can focus on the main event.
Q: What is your favourite aperitif for Christmas Day?
My Mango Bellini is the perfect partner for Christmas brunch or lunch!
Use a small sharp knife to cut the cheeks from 2 ripe mangoes and puree. Strain the puree through a fine sieve and place in the freezer to chill. Transfer to a glass jug and add 1 x 750ml bottle Brut Champagne. Gently stir and serve in chilled flutes. Serves 4-6.
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