The dough is too wet, everything burned, too many to do’s and too little time: no matter how well you are prepared for a Christmas dinner, a lot can still go wrong on the day itself. Culy Helps Prevent a Diner Havoc: Welcome to the emergency room from the Christmas cooking disasters.
Alternative ingredients and emergency recipes from the pantry: with these tips you can join your own Christmas dinner stress-free.
Culy’s first aid for Christmas cooking disasters
Prevention is better than cure
First of all, let’s talk about planning: the saying ‘too much hay on the fork’ is familiar to everyone in December. Therefore: the key to a stress-free Christmas dinner is the preparation. Don’t just opt for dishes that have to be prepared on the spot, but especially also for recipes that you can make before your visit enters your home.
And for real emergencies: make sure you can always fall back on the contents of your freezer .
The batter is too wet
On to common culinary stress moments. If you stick to the recipe, the batter will feel way too watery. This often happens, for example in the case of fritters , when you have not patted the grated vegetables dry. Don’t panic, some extra flour works wonders, even if it is a little more than the recipe prescribes. Did the whole series fail? You only need two ingredients for these fritters with zucchini .
The sauce is crazy
There are several causes for a crazy sauce. Exactly the reason why everyone has ended up in this moment of crisis at some point. The fat separates from the watery components: panic in the tent. Too little fat, added too quickly, too high heat, heating too long; in short: a lot of reasons for it.
There is therefore no single method to solve this problem, but Joris Bijdendijk will help you through this cooking disaster when it comes to beurre blanc and Culy is happy to help you with mayonnaise .
There is egg yolk in my egg white
Unfortunately, this situation is not very unique either. Are you diligently separating eggs for what should be an unforgettable pavlova , and yes: an egg yolk breaks and pops -hoppa-zo into your egg whites.
We hardly dare to say it, but unfortunately: hopefully you have enough plan b eggs in the house because you really have to start over. A tiny bit of fat in your protein means the end of the story. Check out our tips to make sure it goes smoothly next time.
Too much booze in my tiramisu
Doesn’t seem like a problem to us.
Forgot to bake an ingredient
If your stew is just simmering, you will see your untouched garlic bulb. It certainly sucks, but the end is not yet in sight: fry it in oil or butter in a separate pan and then let it simmer together again.
Cold mashed potatoes
Thought you were just as nicely prepared, you find out just before serving that your super smooth mashed potatoes have completely cooled down. No worries! A typical example of a Christmas cooking disaster that we can easily solve. Here are our tips .
Too few crockery
You confidently throw your tea towel over your shoulder after you’ve finished all the warm components at once. Ha, great piece of planning! Until you find out you don’t have enough of the same plates to serve it up. Our advice? Go all out . Use as many different plates as possible, deep, flat, large, with pattern or without. If possible with those of the neighbours. As if your concept comes straight from a styling mood board.
Burnt, melted or accidentally used a can of salt instead of a teaspoon? Fortunately, Culy’s first aid for cooking disasters extends beyond the minor mistakes. Dive into your pantry and turn to one of these desserts with just two (!) ingredients . Or confiscate the last puff pastry from the freezer for a savory snack or a sweet finish .
If you are already afraid of last-minute perils, then we have put together some simple main dishes for Christmas especially for you .
It’s going to be all right, we think.
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