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Useful Christmas tips

Feeding a Crowd

Whether it’s the gradual increase in food prices over the past year or your desire to cut back on food waste, there has never been more incentive not to over cater at Christmas. But just how do you work out how much food and drink you need when you are feeding far more people than usual? We have come to the rescue.

Allow approximately 500g per person. This doesn’t mean that you’ll get 500g of meat each, simply that to get a good portion size you need to allow this much turkey-weight per person. So, if you want to feed 8 adults your turkey should be at least 4Kg, more if you want leftovers.

Roast beef or pork

If the joint is off the bone, allow 250g per serving – so 2kg for eight people. Allow 350g per serving for roasts on the bone – so around 3kg for eight.

Everyone loves roasties! Allow 250g of potatoes per person, so 2kg for eight people.

You need to allow 100g of stuffing per person, so that’s at least 800g for eight people! With stuffing, it’s better to have more than run-out and it’s great on turkey sandwiches later!

Carrots and other roast or steamed veg
80g – 100g is about right for any serving of vegetables, so you need 800g combined for 8 people.

Unless you are a sprout-lover allow
80g per person – or 650g for eight people. If you do have any leftover they go great in a bubble and squeak for boxing day brunch.

125ml per person is enough. You can always freeze leftovers for an easy addition to midweek suppers.

Bread sauce
75ml seems to suffice because not everyone likes it, but for those that do LOVE it, allow around 600-700ml is usually enough for a small party.

Christmas pudding
A 900g pudding will be plenty to feed eight.

Treat it like gravy. 125ml per person unless your family are the type that cannot stop pouring!

Unfortunately, there isn’t one shopping list to suit all families but this is a good basic guide; adapt it to suit your own catering preferences.

Happy Feasting!


Though Christmas is a fun time for humans, even we can feel overwhelmed. For our pets, Christmas can be confusing, a bit scary and even dangerous.
Here are the top reasons for emergency vet visits over the festive period and how to avoid them.

Soft Tissue Trauma
Dogs and cats can be stepped on, have things dropped on them, or be hit by cars while running around on the drive as visitors arrive.
If Grandma trips over your Chihuahua BOTH might end up in casualty so keep an eye on pets.

Foreign body ingestion Some pets will eat anything. Christmas baubles, lights tinsel and small toys. Ask guests not to leave things on the floor and keep a watchful eye.

Best not wrap gifts for your dog

Let them rip the paper off one gift and they might think it’s okay to do so on all of them! Also, tape, ribbons and other decorative bits can be quite harmful to dogs, so it’s best to keep them unwrapped. Your dog won’t mind!

Poinsettias are known for their toxicity to cats, but they tend to have only mildly toxic effects.

Vomiting and diarrhoea
Often it is a result of being fed too many treats or rich food. Ask visitors to refrain from feeding your pets unless they have permission and keep all festive food out of reach!

Dark chocolate is poisonous to dogs so seek advice immediately.