I am shocked!
Oven Pride research has discovered that one in four Brits has never cooked a Christmas dinner and it’s even worse amongst younger generations (with cleaning up mess being a major factor). They also conducted research into Sunday dinners and found that fewer than a third of Brits are now enjoying a weekly Sunday roast.
Want to know who comes off worse regionally in the UK? I’ll tell you.
Want to know what they are choosing over Christmas dinner?
- Italian food and takeaways are the types of meal most often replacing a Sunday roast
Want to know what their problem is? Allow me to report.
- It is the time it takes to make a Sunday roast (23 per cent) and the difficulty of serving everything warm (19 per cent), followed by the mess a Sunday roast creates (15 per cent) which irk us the most
If there’s one thing our weekend always includes it’s a roast dinner, unless we’re on holiday or dad has got the BBQ out. We like to add the trimmings too, the roast potatoes, the gravy and the vegetables. The girls have been enjoying roast dinner with us since they were 6 months old and had their very first taste of homemade gravy with mashed up vegetables.
Of course a roast dinner does tend to make the oven messy and cleaning the oven is one of my pet hates. A dirty messy job but it has to be done. It’s at this time of year that I start to get ready for Christmas, I’m baking cakes, roasting whole hams and preparing the kitchen for the massive onslaught of food that will pass through. The oven needs a clean.
Oven Pride got in touch, they invited me to have a go at the Roast beef recipe by Nigella Lawson. They sent me her book Feast which I have LOVED looking at as there are so many inspirational recipes. They also sent me a pack of Oven Pride.
Nigella’s recipe called for Roast Rib of Beef but I couldn’t find a rib of beef in Sainsbury so plumped for a different joint. I also cooked mine a bit more as dad doesn’t like his pink whereas I do, so we went for a happy medium.
I am also mortified to say I forgot the Yorkshire puddings! I annoyingly didn’t realise until I sat down at the table by which time it was too late so I tucked in.
Nigella suggests cooking the joint at 220 C for 15 mins per lb but my oven really is playing up and gets way too hot so I cooked it at a lower temperature and it worked fine. We had such a big joint that we decided to invite the grandparents around too. The joint did spit a bit and on opening the door during cooking to baste or turn the meat, smoke would come out where the grease hits the elements.
The beef was delicious, I served it with roast potatoes and parsnips, I add the potatoes in 1.15 before the end of cooking and add the parsnips 45 minutes before the end of cooking.
I boiled carrots and chopped runner beans in salted water adding the runner beans later on once the water was boiling so as not to overcook them and I chopped up half a white cabbage with a small onion and fried it in a pan in a little olive oil, once softened I added a small glass of water and an Oxo flavour pot (thyme and rosemary) which really added a delicious flavour to what would otherwise be plain cabbage.
About Oven Pride
I have used Oven Pride before and it does make the job so much easier, in the box you’ll find gloves a bag for your racks and product for cleaning. This is the best bit as you shove everything in the bag and let Oven Pride go to work on your greasy shelves whilst you get on with something else. You can find them on Facebook too for any quick questions or just for a look at their entertaining.
Disclosure: I was sent Nigella Lawson’s book Feast and a Sainsbury voucher for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own.
This Christmas Oven Pride is encouraging everyone across the UK not to let their oven put them off cooking a full Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings. Whether the oven needs a clean before having friends and family to come and stay, or the festive fare leaves it in need of a scrub – Oven Pride’s quick and easy system is here to make cleaning your oven less of a nightmare this Christmas