How to make your Christmas feasting easy this year | Gourmand and Gourmet

How to make your Christmas feasting easy this year

We’ve got something terrifying to tell you: Christmas is less than 5 weeks a way. Yep, you’ve got just over a month to somehow pull together decorations, Secret Santas, gift wrapping, and most importantly – the annual Christmas feast. But before you go hiding under the covers and crossing your fingers Santa pops a festive spread in your stocking, let us tell you about the catering crew who can make it easy for you. Vanilla Pod has been decking their kitchens in preparation for a big silly season full of fruit mince tarts, gingerbread Christmas trees and cake pops, and they’re here to take a load off your shoulders – meaning you have more time for Christmas shopping. If your idea of Yuletide cooking involves bribing someone else to do the hosting for you, these clever bakers and caterers are more than happy to swap a little dosh for a stress-free feast. On their Santa-approved catering menu, you’ll find more than just the sweet treats they’re famous for. They’ve also got the perfect accompaniment to your glazed ham (which you’ve hopefully ordered already), roast turkey and fresh seafood, with fresh summery salads prepped and ready to eat. Order a fruity feta and watermelon salad, a classic potato slaw or pasta salad, or make things fresher than Uncle Steve’s post-eggnog dance moves with a panzanella salad. vanillapod_christmas-2But if it’s the Christmas sweets you’re really counting down the days for, make sure you get your order in early for Vanilla Pod’s ridiculously good-looking (not to mention delicious) carol-worthy treats. From rum balls and white Christmas slice to glittering gingerbread houses and traditional pudding (with a side of brandy butterscotch sauce of course), these guys can do it all. They’ve even got gluten free options! All made to order using nothing but the best and freshest, locally sourced, seasonal produce, these delicious nibbles can be order up until Wednesday 7 December and picked up from either their Albion location until Dec 22, or their Ascot café right up until the morning of Christmas Eve. And don’t worry if you miss out on getting your orders in – their Albion café will be bursting at the seams with Christmas goodies for impromptu purchases until Dec 24! Of course, if sweet treats and fresh salads are just not enough for your festivities, you can check out their other catering options, with everything from savoury tarts to flavoursome rice paper rolls to satisfy a hungry crew. But come Christmas Day, you’ll find us with a cupcake in one hand, a cake pop in the other, and fruit cake crumbs as far as the eye can see. Check out Vanilla Pod’s full Christmas catering menu here and get your orders in before it’s too late! We’re also giving away one of their festive gingerbread houses – enter your details here for your chance to win! Words by Ranyhyn Akui