The BBC cookery magazine Good Food has launched a Festive Recipes iPhone app that allows mobile phone owners to access recipes that are ideal for the Christmas period.

The app, which is available to download from the iTunes app store and is priced at £2.39, covers canapés, starters, main courses and even Christmas-themed cocktails.

Along with recipes, the app also offers a number of how-to videos that allows users to view demonstrations of cooking techniques, as well as a turkey timer that calculates the cooking time based on size and weight.

"Preparing festive meals can be a bit overwhelming; deciding what to cook, buying the right ingredients, ensuring everything is cooked at the same time and making sure it all looks pretty on a plate when you serve it to expectant guest," said Alex White, digital publisher at BBC Worldwide.

"The app combines BBC Good Food's expert knowledge, advice and ideas in one handy pocket-sized companion, perfect for providing everyone with some festive foodie inspiration."

And if you're concerned about the effect all your Christmas cooking is having on your fuel bills, then download British Gas' free app that allows you submit your meter direct to the fuel company, ensuring you get an accurate bill, rather than an estimated bill.

The app also offers a step-by-step guide to reading your gas or electricity meter and a directory of emergency contacts for all gas and electricity suppliers.

Benjamin Braun, head of online services at British Gas, said: "The iPhone app is another great way to help customers avoid estimated bills. We are committed to helping our customers understand, control and manage their energy consumption".

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