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SANTA’S LITTLE KITCHEN HELPER

Cooking special meals for a crowd can unsettle the calmest cook. But most of us have an underused helper sitting on our worktop. Dietitian Juliette Kellow reveals the smart way to make better use of your microwave to reduce prep and mess and boost nutrients

ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY, a massive 31% of adults described the time around Christmas and New Year as being ‘frantic’. Unsurprisingly, present shopping, crowds, queueing and cleaning topped the list of anxiety inducers. But a massive 36% of people were also stressed out by all the extra cooking.

In another survey, around half of all adults said they found cooking a traditional Christmas roast to be one of the most difficult meals of the year, with six out of 10 people admitting to feeling stressed and overwhelmed in the run-up to preparing it. The spike in seasonal stress apparently kicks off on 13 December, becomes severe by 18 December and peaks at 2.05pm on Christmas Day – just as many of us are sitting down to ‘enjoy’ our festive meal.

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