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Can you cook a stress-free Sunday roast ? Your tips might win you a prize!

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A Sunday roast is, arguably, one of the more difficult dinners to make. If it’s not difficult, it’s certainly one of the more stressful. The sheer amount of elements involved means there’s more to focus on and plenty to do. As such, you wouldn’t be the only person who’s looking for some solution to make this much more stress free and relaxing.

Fortunately, a current competition is gathering lots of such answers and solutions. Run by McCarthy and Stone, whom provide retirement flats and other services for pensioners and senior citizens, the competition is looking for the best secret tips and tricks for the best Sunday Roast.

So, if you’re looking for a few methods to make your Sunday roast easier, or know a few lesser-known pieces of knowledge you want to pass on, you can find it all here. Enter with your own tips, and you have a chance of winning a £200 Mitchells and Butlers voucher as an additional incentive.

Cutting corners, not quality

So, what can you do to make things easier and more stress-free? Most people know the obvious factors, such as grouping your vegetables together in one pot; there’s no point having separate containers if you’re going to boil everything, unless cross-contamination is an issue. Similarly, putting your potatoes, parsnips and chicken together saves space, since they’re all being roasted anyway.

Likewise, you can always prepare in advance when you can. Not everyone likes microwaving or heating food up, but even something simple, such as making sure everything is defrosted, makes the whole process easier.

Many hands do not make light work

Here’s a little tip of our own to end things off. Delegating cooking doesn’t always make it easier, especially if you have a small kitchen. Many cooks spoil the broth; the Sunday roast is no different. You may actually find it easier to do everything yourself. Having other people help can actually add more work to do.

Instead of worrying about the food, you would now have to communicate with someone else, check what they’re doing and make sure you’re both at the same pace. It’s a lot more work for something that’s meant to make things easier for you.

Hopefully the few tips here should get you thinking about the little things you do to your roast dinner. If you want to share them, and want a chance at that £200 eatery voucher, then all you need to do is share your knowledge and enter the competition. Visit the McCarthy & Stone Facebook Page for more details.

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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