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NICK NAIRN: My one simple tip for stress-free Christmas cooking


By Hector MacKenzie

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Nick Nairn is a Scottish chef who will be headlining at The Scottish Game Fair in 2024. He became the youngest Scottish chef to win a Michelin star in the early 1990s. Picture: Scottish Game Fair
Nick Nairn is a Scottish chef who will be headlining at The Scottish Game Fair in 2024. He became the youngest Scottish chef to win a Michelin star in the early 1990s. Picture: Scottish Game Fair

AS I prepare for the holiday season, one mantra resonates: plan ahead. The key to a stress-free Christmas in the kitchen is meticulous organisation. Create a detailed menu, compile a shopping list, and outline a cooking schedule to ensure everything comes together seamlessly on the big day.

This foresight not only minimises last-minute chaos but also allows you to savour the cooking process and enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.

For a truly exceptional Christmas meal the emphasis is on local produce. The bounty of the season is abundant, and there's something magical about incorporating ingredients that are not only fresh but also support local farmers and producers.

When it comes to the centrepiece of the Christmas table, consider the elegance and richness of game birds. Pheasant, quail, or duck can bring a sophisticated touch to your festive spread. Think beyond the traditional turkey and explore the nuanced flavours that game birds impart. Proper preparation is key, so don't shy away from seeking advice on cooking techniques. Flavour pairings to make these dishes truly shine.

Elevate your Christmas table with thoughtful plating and garnishes. A beautifully presented dish not only stimulates the taste buds but also adds an extra layer of festive joy to the dining experience

May your kitchen be a place of creativity and joy, and may the coming year bring a cornucopia of culinary adventures and discoveries. Cheers to a flavourful and fulfilling holiday season and I look forward to seeing you at Scone Place for the GWCT Scottish Game Fair in July.

Happy Christmas to you all!


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