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Ok -as always I am going for tradition roast turkey dinner and Christmas pud.
are you going for the same or something different?
Same I'm feeding half the family as usual!
I cannot believe how much money I've just spent on food but I love cooking for everyone!
The kids and I always name the Turkey. This year he's Oscar!
Christmas menu is always planned quite tightly and is as follows
24th - roast Gammon, mash and vege25th - roast turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, roast potatoes, roast parsnip, mashed swede, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, brussel sprouts, peas, green beans & gravy. Christmas pud (home made and flamming) with custard for afters (probably several hours later!)26th - cold cuts and baked potatoes27th - turkey/bacon risotto28th - see what's left over and make something with it...etc...
I would get upset if i named the turkey, Hope
sounds good Holly.
I like to cook the dinner and for a few too. Push boat out for the day as like to keep things simple around surrounding days -
Non-meat for us so I'll do a chestnut and stilton bake with all the trimmings - roasties, parsnips, carrots, gravy and of course, sprouts!
Sticky toffee christmas pudding with brandy cream
Cheeses and port
The more the merrier! Although if I'd known I was entertaining the forum, I'd have ordered a larger turkey...
Annual competition to see how many vegetables I can get onto a plate - I forgot the purple sprouting, btw!
Chicken soup for starters.
Pork shoulder main
Pannetone and ice cream to finish.
Turkey for me any day, more or less the same as Holly but cream leeks instead of the cauliflower and Green beans. I do the jamie oliver gravy where I put some carrotts, red onions and celery under the turkey to cook, I get some lovely caramalised juices to do my gravy with. yummy.
Roast chicken(corn fed free range) cooked to jamie Olivers best ever roast chicken recipe. Roast spuds and parsnips, cauli, sprouts and carrots. Gravy made with meat juices per recipe.
Christmas pud with brandy cream or custard.
Bottle of Mosel Reisling.
Christmas eve (at ours)
Christmas day (at my mum and dads)
I think thats all!! I do the cooking for the Christmas eve party, my parents do the most of cooking for Christmas day - but I do the veg and the plethora of spud dishes!!
Then a diet in Jan!
I'd be on a diet after all that as well. Pretty impressive though. Remember the invite next year!!!!
Traditional-ish, but having a boned, stuffed leg of lamb rather than a turkey
All the other stuff (OK, maybe not the sausages wrapped in bacon!) will be the traditional. I made Christmas puddings back in October
Definitely non-traditional. Mrs Borders is 40 on Christmas day this year.
Christmas Eve out for a curry.
Christmas Day loads of party style food - the Mrs doesn't like turkey (she had years of her mum ruining traditional Christmas dinners by putting a turkey that was 2oz bigger than a chicken in the oven for an extra five hours because it was called a turkey, sprouts needed to be boiled for 60mins until you could mash them other etc).
Eww Borders - that turkey dinner sounds yuck!!
We're having Mexican on Christmas eve, followed by traditional turkey and all the trimmings on Christmas Day (except instead for pud I'm making a cheesecake), then Boxing day it's salmon en croute (a pathetic attempt at being healthy!!). Followed by a shedload of grog!!!
Definitely a diet in January!
Hark the Herald Wilkie wrote (see)
Oh, and I made a rich fruit Christmas cake, with marzipan, which I'll be icing tonight!
did you make it a while ago Wilkie? We did our September I think
you will have to do more plods Pavey
I don't like turkey for similar reasons to Mrs Borders, by the sounds of things. But I adore cold turkey sandwiches, so I will be cooking turkey on Christmas day - I just probably wont eat any of it then.
H did suggest we have something else, but we couldn't decide what!
Hoose - you're so right!!
Holly - we had fish one year, but Christmas day just wasn't the same without roasties!!
I'd dearly love to do something different one year but my family would never talk to me again so it's:
Turkey, roast potatoes, sprouts, red cabbage, roast carrots, pigs in blankets, pancetta wrapped Armagnac prunes (I think they are WAY too rich but my OH insists) with onion gravy. Christmas pud with cream to follow.
I may not partake in the pud this year. I don't really like it that much TBH, especially with my tummy full of all the other stuff.
Holly Liz - how about a pork joint with some lovely crackling?
mmm, pork, mmmmm to crackling too... But somehow it doesn't feel like christmas dinner. I know exactly what pavey means. Part of the fun is the cold cuts on boxing day and cold turkey is just yummy. It isn't like I'll go hungry, and I like all the turkey trimmings, just not keen on the turkey itself.
Very trad at ours:
Christmas Eve: Baked wild salmon with herb crust, minted peas, mixed salad, rose wine. Mince pies.
Christmas Day lunch: roast turkey, roast spuds, glazed carrots, roast parsnips, sprouts with chestnuts, lemon-herb stuffing, gravy, Champagne. Christmas pudding flamed with brandy, custard (OH insists on custard). Evening: cold turkey sandwiches (yum!).
Boxing Day: Roasted glazed gammon, sweet potatoes with orange/lemon relish, broccoli. Rose wine.
At other assorted times - Christmas cake with slices of cheese, more mince pies, red wine, coffee, port, brandy.
Collapse in an overstuffed heap.
(rich fruit cake was made in October, wrapped in foil and stored in a cupboard, fed at intervals with more brandy, covered in marzipan on Saturday, iced yesterday and will be decorated tomorrow).
Blimey I am ready to eat having read this.
going to do the giblets for tomorrow's gravy Once they are boiling with some celery and chopped onions and carrots, it starts to smell like Christmas is here. Home made read sauce too