Tips for a stress-free Christmas

Tips for a stress-free Christmas

1st December 2020

Tips for a stress-free Christmas

Christmas can stress even the calmest person out. There’s so much to do and so many places to go. But our head chef has some tips to help you have a more relaxed Christmas dinner:

  • Set out your whole menu on paper.
  • Make sure you get all the ingredients in advance and keep them separate.
  • Do all of your prep the day before for a smoother Christmas.
  • Give yourself plenty of time.
  • Cook your dishes in an order that allows them all to come out fresh and hot.

If you want our secret perfect Christmas side dish, we’re prepared to share. We think this one is a MUST with Christmas dinner.


1 onion

1 red cabbage


Salt & Pepper

2 tbsp redcurrant jelly

100 ml red wine vinegar

100g light brown sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

8 bay leaves

8 star anise

10 cloves

250ml orange juice

250ml cranberry juice


Finely slice 1 large onion and a red cabbage and in a big pan on medium heat add a splash of veg oil, the onion, cabbage and a big pinch of salt and pepper.

Once the cabbage has softened slightly add 2 tbsp of redcurrant jelly, 100ml of red wine vinegar 100g of light brown sugar and mix through the cabbage.

Cook for 5 mins till you see the liquid boiling and the jelly has dissolved.

Then add 2 cinnamon sticks, 8 Bay leaves, 8 star anise and 10 cloves. Pour in equal measures of orange and cranberry juice until you cover the cabbage then boil for an hour or so until the liquid has nearly all gone, stirring every now and then and take off the heat.

Leave to cool slightly then serve. For better flavour and ease, do the day before and reheat when needed.

Read more on our blog

Read more recipes from Chef Barry. Keep up to date with recipes and everything going on at our restaurant.

The Lytton Blog