Traditional Christmas cake or something different

I don't like Christmas cake, mince pies, Christmas pudding or marzipan.

This year I shall do chocolate mousse for pudding on Christmas day and  make a carrot cake with cream cheese icing for feasting on.

What do you do? 



  • Braai outside with ice cream
  • Obviously ice cream AFTER the braai

    Typcially swim too  image

  • Last year we did mince meat ice cream instead of Xmas pud
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    PloddingOn wrote (see)

    Obviously ice cream AFTER the braai

    Typcially swim too  image

    it would melt otherwise, PO image

  • home made christmas cake here - my girl and i LOVE it

    no one keen on mince pies or pudding, so following a recent success of mine in the dessert department all have voted for baked alaska

  • Mince meat ice cream?   imageimageimageimageimageimageimage

    I just reckon that Xmas is the awful season - mainly becuase everyone feels that they have to put so much effort in!

    Why not do something simple and just enjoy the time with the family?

    Go for chocolate mousse or ice cream or something?  I much prefer a hot Christmas, becuase we spend the time outside in the sun and swimming and it's far too hot for anyone to slave in the kitchen


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    KK I would go with low ifits for your evening meal and high if its for lunch image


    Bobbis *mwah* 

    I've never had a hot Christmas PO but agree that people get way to stressed 

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    hang on It lost my bit about high if food os for lunch and low if its for supper KK


    and its Panettone

  • tasty beebs


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    PO, its mincemeat as in fruit not as in meat mince meat, I hope anyway
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    thanks Bobbis image
  • as always
  • We did apple & blackberry crumble last year, and pud for the only two family members who like christmas pud.

    Year before they got profiteroles

    This year I'm off to Malta so they can do whatever they like image

  • Christmas Cake is just awful food.  I do, however, adore Christmas Pudding and mince pies - mmmmmmmm
  • You're all heathens image

    Rich christmas cake, packed with fruit, orange zest, molasses and dark sugar image

    Mind you, we abandoned the traditional Christmas dinner years ago - we'll be going for a curry on Christmas eve, then Christmas day everyone can just graze and booze as they wish.  No stress, no kitchen ban - happy day!

  • We made a nice mince-meat lattice tart for christmas dinner last year, that went down quite well.

    We also had the same deliberation over this years main course, we've gone for individual beef wellingtons after two very successfull trial runs!!!! YUM YUM.

  • I dont like Christmas  pudding or mince pies Don't mind cake but rarely have it. . When I was 11 we made mince pies at  school, thought the white bit looked nice from the mince meat, so I ate it. Turned out to be lard or suet   image I was nearly sick right there. Never touched them since. I get pud for those who want it and I have Belgian choc meringue roulade from Morrisons image
  • Christmas cake is one of the few cakes I ever cook.......mine was made a month ago and I can't wait

    I love christmas weighs over 5lb without the icing or mazipanimage

    and christmas day has to be turkey and all the trimmings...presents then church then making christmas dinner....I love making it and having a few glasses whilst I do..........although I always cook the turkey the day before so that there is plenty of room in the oven for everything stress no hassle

    sausage in bacon
    roast potatoes
    bolied potatoes
    roast parsnips
    brussel sprouts
    yorkshire puddings

     mmmmmmmmmmmm have I missed anything off...........followed by christmas pudding and creamimage

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    Missy D image indeed

    CM we have cooked breakfast, presents and Christmas dinner at about 6pm

    Team effort and we don't get stressed 

    Danowat, my ma in law makes fab beef wellington 

    you can have my share CB 

    don't forget the suncream Vikki 

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    seren a feast image and a stretch waistband needed
  • I am not normal a big beef fan, but made with decent beef, and chesnut mushroom duexelles and parma ham, ggggereeeegggg drooling thinking about it.
  • For Christmas this year I'll be cutting right down on my food consumption, I'e worked hard to get my body into shape, I don't want to ruin it all!
  • Given the choice I'd go for all the traditional stuff but I'm not too fussed.    I'd rather people had some time to relax than stressed over making the perfect meal - unless they really enjoy the cooking of course.  
  • Maybe i don't get stressd because I don't lay it out all pretty in serving dishes etc.i just serve it up on the plates.......and get the family to help.image..If it got me stressed I wouldn't make itimageimage

    oh yes and then go to a race on boxing day so that i know its time to stop celebratingimage

  • usually christmas pudding - home made to a recipe that I inheritted, dates from the 1900s, has rather a lot of alcohol in it. They get made in bacthes about once every 5 years. Byt the end they have matured something marvellous. Flaming brandy on the top, just in case there isn't enough booze on the plate!

    I love cooking christmas dinner, certainly don't find it stressful - my idea of fun is to have a house full and feed them! It allows me to exercise my organised self and strutt around self-importantly. Bliss!!

    Anyway, we've had a yule log for dessert before now, (basically swiss roll with a holly sprig on top!) or ice cream.

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    One of my favourite christmas meals was spag bol and Sarah Lee chocolate cake. Sam was 1, Charlotte 2 and a half and we were of for the works on Boxing day to the in laws.

    I do put things into pretty dishes, Seren but enjoy the whole process.popsider, we write a time plan and love doing it

    This year my eldest daughter's Swedish bf will be with us

  • Even my MOTHER has cottoned on to the fact that no one's bothered about Christmas cake and it's always mostly still in the tin come July, so she's decided not to do one this year. image

    More time for her to make sausage rolls, I say.
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    Jj image
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