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  1. How to Reclaim Christmas: From Stress to Celebration

    How to Reclaim Christmas: From Stress to Celebration It’s that time of the year again when the air is filled with the festive spirit, but for many, it also comes with a heap of stress and a never-ending to-do list. From planning the perfect Christmas Day lunch to managing demanding relatives, Christmas can quickly become a whirlwind of chaos, leaving you feeling more frazzled than festive. But this year, it’s time to reclaim Christmas and make it a celebration to remember. Read on for some ideas and tips to turn a potentially stressful holiday into a truly enjoyable one. Read more...
  2. Why it’s easy for you to cook + serve the perfect roast turkey

    Why it’s easy for you to cook + serve the perfect roast turkey

    Are you responsible for the Christmas feast or perhaps you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or another big event that calls for roast turkey? Many people get anxious on Christmas Day when they think about cooking turkey. But there’s no need to panic because it couldn’t be easier, even for the amateur cooks!

    Here we show you how in just 4 easy steps. No one wants to eat dry turkey, so follow these failsafe instructions to ensure moist and tender roasted turkey perfection! And if you're more of a visual person, check out our new YouTube video of these cooking instructions. See our link below. ⇓⇓

    To avoid disappointment, make sure you order your Gourmet Dinner Service turkey ahead of time. This year we're offering a 1.5kg raw turkey breast that's already rolled and ready to go. It's frozen so you can thaw and bake at a time to suit yourself. Thanks to customer feedback, we have kept the stuffing separate this year so don't forget to add a serve of our delicious Orange, Almond + Herb Stuffing to your order as well.

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  3. Christmas - How to store & serve our food

    Christmas - How to store & serve our food

    Christmas menu available mid October - 23 December 2023.

    See our full Christmas menu including pictures and pricing here.

    The following guide has been put together as a one-stop reference for all items on our Christmas/Entertaining Menu. Its purpose is to make storing, preparing and serving our Christmas food 100% foolproof, so you can get on with the business of enjoying yourself! This guide will tell you:

    • what the item is
    • how the product arrives to you (frozen/fresh, cooked/uncooked)
    • how to store it how to serve it (hot/cold)
    • what to serve it with
    • how long it will last

    Check through the categories for the specific items you’ve ordered. This will not only save you time and stress on Christmas day but will also ensure you get the very best, most delicious result! Note: Every item does carry a label with instructions on it.

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  4. How to boost your immune system this Winter

    How to boost your immune system this Winter

    Having a strong immune system is important all year round, but particularly so as we approach flu season. During the colder months, we spend more time indoors, in heated environments and with the windows closed. These factors significantly contribute to allowing all sorts of bugs being able to spread and multiply more easily.

    Thankfully there are a few things you can do to naturally give yourself an immune boost to help ward off harmful pathogens. Doing so might help you avoid the lurgy in the first place. If you’re unlucky enough to catch it, a strong immune system can help you more quickly and effectively get the upper hand and overcome the illness.

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  5. Recipe: Minted Green Bean Salad with Yoghurt

    Recipe: Minted Green Bean Salad with Yoghurt

    Here’s a salad that can be appreciated all year round.  It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and we guarantee it’s super easy, even for the most culinary-challenged!

    Enjoy it as a meal in itself (top with chicken or bacon to boost the protein) or serve as a zesty side dish.  The yoghurt and herb dressing make this salad the ideal accompaniment to many Indian, Mediterranean or Middle Eastern meals as well as seafood and barbequed meats.

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  6. Top 10 tips to feed the kids & survive the school holidays!

    Top 10 tips to feed the kids & survive the school holidays!

    School holidays can completely mess with your usual food routine. But that’s ok. The trick is to make holiday food feel a bit more fun, make it more relaxed, give yourself a well-deserved break, yet still nourish those growing bodies with healthy food for kids. We can help you do all this, with these simple tips to feed the kids.

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  7. Winter warmer meals: Best comfort food to warm you up

    Winter warmer meals: Best comfort food to warm you up

    As soon as the temperate drops, do you find yourself reaching for a double helping of warming foods? We tend to associate meals like cheesy pastas, stews, rich creamy curries, pies and pastries, pub-style meals and chocolatey treats as Winter comfort food. Let us say, these meals are not called comfort food for nothing! Don’t worry, you’re in good company as most people enjoy these Winter warmer meals just like you. There’s even some science around it.

    Head to the GDS Winter Comfort Foods menu here

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  8. Healthy kids: best brain foods for kids

    Healthy kids: best brain foods for kids

    Good nutrition is vital for healthy kids. That’s because growing and developing bodies need nutrients and lots of them! The brain is no exception, it needs a huge supply of certain nutrients to optimally grow and function. That’s where brain foods for kids come in.

    Interesting fact - your child’s brain grows to 80% of its adult size by the time they are two years old. But don’t think that the need for good kids nutrition drops off after two years. Not at all! In fact, during the childhood years, the brain continues to expand and develop, in particular the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is responsible for many important critical thinking functions including memory, planning, focus and decision making – all areas we want our children to excel in.

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  9. Party planning tips: how to host a successful party

    Party planning tips: how to host a successful party

    Don't freak out. Planning a party does not have to be an intimidating process, even if it seems big and scary. Here is a guide for planning a party stress-free so you can enjoy yourself.

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  10. Stress-free Christmas catering for the masses

    Home catering for Christmas Day

    Make a list & check it twice!

    1. Planning is the most important thing when it comes to Christmas catering. Firstly, sit down with a cuppa and a notepad and work out your Christmas menu from snacks, mains, side dishes, desserts, cheeses, chocolates and sweet treats and drinks.  What items will you make yourself, order in or ask others to bring?

    2. Aside from Christmas day, what about other festive season catering?  Make sure you have something on hand for every special occasion – is there a school party, work function, or other end of year celebration that you need to provide food for? Are you expecting visitors or might you have unexpected drop ins?

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