As it creeps ever nearer, the phalanx of those who will be cooking domestically at Christmas are either smugly pleased with themselves for having the planning under control or mildly (even desperately) panicking at the thought of having to produce the formulaic meal probably for an expectant family.
At least, because the main menu is pre-ordained, it is slightly easier to keep focussed; turkey, Brussel sprouts, roast potatoes, stuffing, gravy, Christmas pudding; a combination unique to Christmas and unthinkable at every other meal time throughout the year.
Fortunately in our internet age there’s help on hand.
Forget sage advice from your granny, nowadays all it takes is a tablet and one of the hundreds of online recipe demonstrations that show how to cook a turkey, stuff a turkey, roll a turkey, brown a turkey, truss a turkey etc.
So for those who are cooking their first Christmas meal or who only cook intermittently, take heart – there’s a tsunami of advice on offer.
The trick will be to find the recipes that work and not to get diverted into ambitious backwaters that promise unusual Christmas delights such as chestnut soufflé!
Also, spare a thought for Mog and don’t tempt fate by putting the turkey the oven before its time!