Recipes, time plans and tips for all your Christmas cooking

Feeling daunted about cooking through the festive season?

Want to get ahead so you're not stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun?

Want to shop well to save money and avoid waste?

My guide allows you to enjoy inviting people over and spend time having fun, rather than being stuck in the kitchen. It is what I use every year so that I can enjoy Christmas.

From Christmas day to a dinner party with friends and all my leftover tips, you'll get everything you need for the next few weeks in one place - here!


“I bought this for the Christmas Day guide but ended up making nearly everything. I invited my friends around and made your dinner party menu on a work night. Noone could believe I'd made it and could serve food like that without spending all day in the kitchen. The recipes are so interesting, easy to follow and the tips about prepping ahead are brilliant. I will recommend it to everyone" - Angela

“Thank you so much! I'd never made Christmas dinner before but following your guide made it so easy. I think my mother in law was mad she enjoyed it so much and that I was so calm!” - Claire

enjoy cooking this christmas

Invite friends over for a festive dinner party - all prepped ahead so you can sparkle instead of sweat.

Get most of the Christmas dinner prepped in small chunks ahead of time so you can enjoy the big day.

Shop sensibly, waste nothing and know exactly what to do with any leftovers.

Have everything you need in one place so you're not frantically googling turkey cooking times, potato quantities or all the other things you panic about.

Use the same time plan I use every year so you can enjoy the best bits of Christmas and the days around.

Save money and packaging by making things yourself, with the confidence they will taste way better than anything you can buy.

“I've resented making Christmas dinner for years and was tempted to just buy everything ready done. But I'm so glad I bought this instead. It was the best Christmas dinner I've ever had and I made it! I reckon I saved a fortune - not just because I made everything in the run up from scratch, but also because we used the leftovers to make lovely meals after. I know what I could freeze and what to add to make things taste fresh and exciting.” - Simon

Your complete guide includes

Part 1 – A stress free Christmas or New Year’s dinner party…

This menu works just as well for a buffet, a casual dinner party or a Christmas Eve dinner. Everything can be prepped ahead, and most of it can be frozen. You will get an invite to a zoom Q&A where you can ask any questions.

You’ll get all these recipes, a detailed time plan and my prep ahead tips...

Welcome cocktail

Parmesan and sesame biscuits with almost instant apricot and thyme chutney.

Baked ham with a Christmassy glaze.

Winter salad of massaged kale, carrots, clementines, toasty nuts and goats cheese.

Winter slaw.

Herb Hassleback potatoes.

Fruit and almond tart with clementine cream.

Part 2 – The big day – how to enjoy Christmas day without spending hours in the kitchen​…

You’ll get all these detailed tried and tested recipes, including details of what can be prepped ahead and frozen; tips on where to buy the best ingredients and what equipment to use.

You’ll also get a detailed plan for what you can get done between now and Christmas Day to make the day a breeze. Plus, you get my detailed time plan for Christmas Day. These recipes will also work brilliantly for Thanksgiving or Sunday roasts throughout the year.

Buying, cooking and serving the perfect turkey – what size to order, timings, temperatures, carving and seasoning.

Make-ahead and freeze gravy.

Crunchy bay and honey parsnips.

Sage, date and barley stuffing.

Potato and celeriac purée.

Roast Brussels with pancetta, Marsala and chestnuts.

Bread sauce.

Cranberry and orange sauce.

The best crunchy roast potatoes.

Carrot mash.

Pigs in blankets wreath

Part 3  – Lovely leftovers…

Learn exactly how to safely save and use leftovers and how to use them as a blank canvas to create all sorts of delicious meals to reawaken a jaded palate after Christmas.

Find out exactly what can be frozen, how long things can stay in the fridge and how to safely re-heat things.

You’ll get all these recipes – which can also easily be made from scratch throughout the year without leftovers – as well as some other simple ideas to use your leftovers.

Smoked salmon or trout pâté, crisp capers, speedy pickled radish and rye toasts.

Indian potato cakes with chutney, salad and the best coronation turkey.

Thai turkey and greens fried brown rice.

Panettone and chocolate ice cream layer cake.

The best 3 turkey sandwiches.

“I wish I'd bought this when my kids were younger, I feel like I spent so much of their early Christmas days in a bad mood in the kitchen. Following your guide made it all feel a bit too easy! And the flavours were amazing. I never thought I'd turn out something as delicious as I did, and actually enjoy Christmas Day."

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Hey, I'm Gemma

but all my friends call me Gem.

I’ve spent 12 years teaching thousands of busy people to become confident, organised and creative home cooks.

Christmas cooking should feel like a celebration, not a drain. With the right plan and recipes you can enjoy the best Christmas food you've eaten without stressing or wasting money.

You can now buy my stress-free Christmas cooking guide, containing all my recipes, time plans and tips, as if I'm by your side cheering you on.

I cover everything from the Christmas Day dinner, a dinner party menu and what to do with leftovers.

All my recipes are written for any level of cook and my years of teaching, answering all sorts of questions, means I explain everything so you can confidently recreate everything yourself.

All the recipes have had the ultimate test of being cooked live and served in my classes, as well as to tables full of family and friends over the years. So, you can confidently cook up a storm without stressing out.


The guide will be emailed to you using the email address you use when you buy it, within an hour of you buying it.

Please check your spam/junk folders as it may go in there.

The email will include a link to access the guide from my members-only website. When you sign up you will be asked to set up a username and password to access this site.

The guide comes in a PDF format that you can download and print or read online. You will have lifetime access to the materials so you can refer back to them year after year.

Please let me know why this hasn't worked for you so that I can keep on improving what I do.

This product is non refundable.

You'll get the guide via email within an hour of you making the payment.

The guide includes details of substitutions where possible. There are lots of vegetarian recipes included.

Of course! My sign up process is in GB£ but you can choose your currency as part of the process.

There are American measurements, oven temperatures and ingredient names included in every recipe of the guide.

This is for any level of cook - that may sound vague but my 12 years of teaching mixed ability classes means that I demonstrate and explain what I'm sharing in a way that allows everyone to get value from it. Often the people who have been cooking the longest are the ones who don't realise they have not been doing things in the most efficient or instinctive way!

If you are a really experienced cook, this will help you get out of a rut, expand your repertoire, freestyle with confidence and learn new ways to tackle things you've always done without questioning why. 

If you are a less confident cook you'll have the reassurance of my support and experience as your confidence grows, knowing that what you cook will work. 

Whatever your level, investing this money and time in yourself to learn in a fun and supportive environment will change the way you cook.

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You can check the gift box during checkout. Your recipient will get an email with details of how to access the guide. If you don't want them to receive the email immediately, please contact me before you buy and I can set it up differently for you.