Time to freeze those sprouts.
The countdown to Christmas has begun, and if the thought of being trapped in the kitchen on the big day sends shivers down your spine, fear not; Orla McAndrew, Cork’s zero-waste chef extraordinaire, is hosting an online Christmas Cookalong on December 14th that could be your golden ticket to a stress-free, magical festive dinner.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Dripsey Castle, Orla’s live masterclass on Zoom is a game-changer for those who want to savour the festivities without sacrificing hours over a hot stove.
The focus? Preparation and freezing, ensuring you’ll have more time to revel in the Christmas spirit.
Armed with a comprehensive shopping list, participants will learn all about how to make (and freeze) the perfect Christmas dinner. Prepare to master the world’s best gravy, craft herby stuffing, perfect potato dauphinoise, elevate special sprouts, braise red cabbage, whip up cranberry sauce, roast honey-infused root vegetables, and cap it all off with a show-stopping gluten-free chocolate rum cake.
And the icing on the cake — 5% of the profits go to the Simon Community.
Speaking with Yay Cork, Orla, who is the epitome of culinary cool, shared her inspiration: “A lot of people were in touch saying ‘Oh my God, I don’t know what to do for Christmas’. That’s how the idea came along.”
The beauty of this Cook-along lies not just in the live experience but also in its recording, allowing participants to revisit the culinary wisdom at their leisure.
“The idea is that we will prepare what we can to freeze and make things so much easier on Christmas Day. It comes with full instructions on what to do to reheat and a few bonus recipes will be thrown in,” added Orla.
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Dripsey Castle will set the stage for this festive extravaganza. Orla outlined she had the pleasure of catering for the owners of this historical venue’s wedding earlier in the year and they have become firm friends. Now, she’s excited to share a glimpse of the castle’s beauty with all those joining the Christmas Cookalong.
Priced at €25, this food prep masterclass is ideal for both beginners and seasoned cooks alike and can be booked here.
Get ready to elevate your festive feast game.