Do you need a bit of inspiration for your holiday entertaining? We spoke to celebrity Chef Susur Lee and he shared a host of ideas, plus a recipe!
"Stop thinking about doing everything yourself. Ask for help," says Lee. The Toronto-based chef recommends and buying pre-chopped vegetables to save time or even using the help of some of your favourite gourmet shops to supplement your meal. Using your time to focus on the flavours and marinades of the food is most important.
Create an Aroma
Greet your guests with a welcoming aroma wafting from the kitchen. Lee says his wife "puts cinnamon stick in apple cider so you can drink and you can smell. Add rum and it's perfect when it's cold." Or use "bay leaf, cardamon, ginger, cinnamon." Add water and bring to a boil, then let simmer for a fragrant welcome.
Don't fill up your guests on starchy appetizers. Keep it simple. "A lot of people like to put out cheese platters, and croutons. Something light and drinks are good enough. My friends have bread, croutons, cheese then I can't even eat the dinner."
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