Dining Pretty with Debenhams this Christmas

Christmas is coming, the family is popping around and you take a look at your crockery and think that maybe you need a new set? I know I did, I had so many chipped plates, only tiny chips, but I’m really clumsy lately and just knocking them together causes chipping. Now I have a dishwasher, I no longer have to worry about the washing up and clinking my plates together (or even dropping them in the sink, as I have been known to have done.) Even the kids are keen to put their plates in the dishwasher, so now I’m hoping that chips will be thing of the past.

I still needed a new dinner service though and I was given a gift voucher from Debenhams so I decided to look on their website. A lot of Debenhams Dinner Sets are on offer at the moment, so it’s a great place to pick up a bargain.

I decided to go for this Blue Leaf Print Dinner Set.

I also bought some new cutlery and place mats, plus coasters. I was really happy with the choice offered by Debenhams at such reasonable prices.

Now I’m thinking of a nice table cloth for Christmas, I love this Christmas tree one, it’s so classy and would go with any colour of tableware

And if you wanted to really spruce up your Christmas table you could always add this gorgeous silver runner. You need a little bling at Christmas time.
Finally, what about cooking? Do you find yourself eating turkey for days after Christmas? While on the Debenhams site I also treated myself to this Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Slow Cooker.
I’ve found this recipe for turkey leftovers which I’m going to try.

Christmas Casserole

Serves: 6 
500g (approx) leftover turkey
2 leeks
50g butter
2 tablespoons red wine
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons cream
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
2 bay leaves
Prep:20min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr20min 
1. Switch slow cooker onto High. Melt butter in large pan, add sliced leeks, season with salt and freshly grated black pepper and cook gently until softened. Spread evenly across base of slow cooker.
2. Strip turkey of remaining meat and (at last) throw carcass out – unless making soup. Cut turkey into bite-sized pieces. Heat olive oil in same pan, add crushed garlic and cook gently, adding turkey pieces as it starts to sizzle. Stirfry for 10 minutes, add bay leaves and cranberry sauce then place on top of the leeks.
3. Switch slow cooker to auto or low, gently pour over the red wine and leave to cook until needed. I find about 2 hours is fine but will keep for hours on the low setting. Stir in cream just before serving. Perfect, served with potatoes of choice, for a hungry family returning from a winters walk

Are you table ready for Christmas? Do you have special crockery or tableware that you save for Christmas?

Disclosure: I was sent a slow cooker and a gift voucher in return for writing this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Recipe from All Recipies

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