## Waitrose Christmas Dinner Calculator

Have you ever ordered a joint online and come stuck when it arrives at the size of it?

I am terrible when it comes to weights and measures and roughly guess the amount of food i need for a meal, often guessing wrong resulting too little meat and a Kilimanjaro amount of vegetables. The worst time is at Christmas, I always over buy and by the looks of everyone’s trolleys in the supermarket, so does everyone else. We all want our Christmas dinner to be the best yet, I don’t know about you but I find shopping for it stressful. I struggle with how much to buy and end up with a fridge/freezer crammed with over sized food and we don’t end up using half of it. Christmas can be a stressful time, buying presents, having the family over and cooking dinner. I find it hard planning a meal for 5 so cooking for more must be a tribulation.

Waitrose have come to the rescue with a tool that can help! The Christmas planner tool.

You simply select the total number of people who will be sitting down for dinner, by sliding across to the number of people who you want. The tool will then suggest the quantities that you will need to buy for your dinner. You can select from 2 -25 people

I looked at the quantity of food for 4 people and 5 as I have 2 young children who will not eat a huge amount of food.

Once you have a better idea of the quantity of food that you will need all you have to do is click on the icon next to the food and it takes you through to the Waitrose Christmas shop where you can buy the food from.

The food that is available on the Christmas calculator to help you create the perfect meal is:

Turkey

Brussel Sprouts

Potatoes

Red cabbage

Roasting vegetables

Gravy

Stuffing

Cranberry sauce

Sausages and bacon

Going by the quantities that were suggested to me, I ordered the food to be delivered to our house so I could cook a Roast for the family. I didn’t order the red cabbage as my boys are not too keen on it and it was too early to order the Turkey so I ordered a leg of lamb instead. I measured out all of the food going by what the calculator had suggested and it was perfect, we did have some left overs (but hey, we all want to eat some later on don’t we?)

Our Sunday dinner consisted of 525g potatoes, 250g carrots, 300g stuffing, 12 sausages, 250g brocolli, 250g brussel sprouts and a small leg of lamb. I found the tool to be really helpful as i would normally over buy. Most of the food are sold in a larger quantity than what the calculator had suggested to me, so I bought nearest to the quantity. For example the potatoes were sold as a 1kg bag so once i was ready to cook them all i did was weigh them out to the suggested amount and placed the rest into the freezer for another dinner.

I found the calculator very helpful and would be nice to see it as an everyday addition to the website.

We cracked open a bottle of L’Artisan Chardonnay to drink with our meal, the fine fruit masked with an overt oak character makes this drink a superb accomplishment to eat with poultry or fish. It has a crisp and aromatic taste, best served chilled. The wine is from a Chrismas Favourite case perfectly selected to drink over Christmas from Waitrose.

We was provided with a voucher for waitrose for the purpose of this review, all words are my own.