Our Cookery Editor answers holiday cooking questions – goodhousekeeping.com

With Halloween and Christmas coming closer, no doubt many of us will be starting to think about our holiday feasts together. From the entrees and snacks to the main meals, there’s a lot to think about – so over on Instagram, we asked you for your burning questions around Halloween and Christmas cooking this year.

We put them to our expert Cookery Editor, Emma Franklin, who let us in on her top tips for the best Halloween treats, how to make a good Christmas trifle and much more.

There are only 3 of us for Christmas but I love leg meat and all crowns are legless. What would you do?

You may need to order it in advance but ask your butcher for either a large turkey drumstick or bone-in thigh joint. Everyone seems to want breast meat so they’ll be delighted to not have the legs go to waste! Roast low and slow for succulent meat and crispy skin.

What are some good nibbles to make for trick or treaters, that will last if we don’t get many visitors?

Try these meringue bones – they last really well, and any leftovers can be crushed into an Eton Mess for dessert.

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Meringue Bones make a spooktacular Halloween treat.

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What are some good Christmas dinner ideas for vegetarians?

This show stopping root vegetable pithivier makes a fab veggie centrepiece and can be prepped well in advance.

How do you make the perfect trifle at Christmas?

Don’t be afraid to be a bit retro! If your fondest childhood memory is of a trifle made packet jelly or Bird’s custard then this is the place to use it. Ignore the food snobs!

Espresso martini trifle

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Top tips for getting timing right at Christmas so all the food is ready at the same time?

A week or two ahead write yourself a detailed time plan, starting from the time you want to eat and working backwards from there. Use ours as a guide.

Any good Christmas dessert recipes for vegans?

So many to choose from! Check out our gallery with over 30 vegan-friendly puds, from brownies to mousse and much more.

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Vegan chocolate brownies

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What’s the best Halloween treats to make with kids over half term?

Let their imaginations run wild decorating this Halloween chocolate bark or for something savoury try these sausage mummies. Spooktacular!

Easiest and safest way to carve a pumpkin?

Draw or print your chosen design on paper & stick to your hollowed pumpkin with Sellotape. Use a skewer to poke holes into the pumpkin along the lines of your design, like a dot to dot. Remove paper & use a small, sturdy sharp knife to cut between the skewered holes.

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