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05/12/2012 at 10:19
So ladies, what are you / your husbands / mums / brothers / aunts / uncles / neighbour's cat's dog's cousin cooking on Christmas Day?
We always over cater so are trying to reign it in this year. Still debating on big breakfast & no starter vs small breakfast & a starter. Then ham and turkey plus all the trimmings (brussels with pancetta, parsnips, carrot & swede mash, peas & sweetcorn for my dad & brother, roast poatoes, pigs in blankets, yorkshire puddings) I'd love to make a cauliflower cheese but I've never done it before.
Pudding is my mum's domain; cheesecake for my dad and brother, mini Christmas puddings for us, mince pies, brandy butter, then cheese & biscuits.
05/12/2012 at 10:29
We're going out for lunch at midday this year so breakfast will be a light one while we open pressies. I'll do a buffet in the evening with cold roast beef, pigs in blankets, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, pâté, crusty bread etc!
05/12/2012 at 10:36
Haven't thought about breakfast yet but we usually have something like bacon rolls and crossaints.
We take it in turns with my parents to do dinner and its our turn this year. We have our own traditional things now like my brother and his Polish fiancé make a Polish/Russian salad for a starter. We will get some nice bread to go with it I think. It's like a coleslaw salad with loads of veg in and egg and mayo. Sounds weird but is really nice and she likes being able to contribute especially as she is vegetarian.
Dinner is a turkey crown (nut roast for sil), pigs in blankets, stuffing with sausage meat (my mum makes this and we do a veggie version for my sil), roast potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, parsnips, swede, Brussels, Yorkshire puddings and onion sauce.
Pudding is a choice of traditional Christmas pudding with custard or brandy cream or something like Pavlova.
Then we demolish the tin of chocolates and after eights!
And of course the obligatory turkey sandwiches in the evening when we get peckish again.
05/12/2012 at 10:37
We will have smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and bucks fizz for breakfast.
Then for lunch, no starter and straight in to the main dinner - roast turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes leeks and parsnips, sprouts and carrots, cranberry sauce. (Hope my oven is big enough for all that roasting). Finally christmas pudding set on fire with brandy, with brandy butter or custard.
I have ordered a new dining table which is coming on Dec 21st so am hoping it will be a really nice meal (us 5 and my parents so 7 in total, plus 2 dogs may get leftovers if they are good).
05/12/2012 at 10:39
I know the Russian salad you describe Pip.
I forgto stuffing on my list, see this is why I've posted so I can get ordering! We've not started any food or drink shopping yet.
05/12/2012 at 10:40
I've just ordered a new dining table too!
05/12/2012 at 10:53
Where is your dining table coming from Pip? I am getting mine from Homebase, it's not too expensive - my 2yo has coloured all over the old one so no point getting a nice one yet. We needed a bigger one with 6 chairs, I wanted it sooner as having a party for my eldest's 7th birthday on 20 December with 8 boys coming over but they will have to squash onto the old one!
05/12/2012 at 11:04
Still undecided on if we are going to cook a traditional roast or have a meal out......will be buying favourite booze at duty free! I wonder if they have baby sausages in the US to do pigs in blankets?
05/12/2012 at 11:08
aren't they weeners?
My plan (assuming i'm not in labour/hospital/with newborn) is..
Breakfast - Bacon and cheese bagels
Lunch - Soup starter for us, with warm bread rolls (and real butter, which is a treat in this house!), We'll then have turkey, with roasties, pigs in blankets, veggies, home made huge fat yorkie puds, homemade sausagemeat stuffing. For pudding H has requested banoffie pie, but I don't like it, so i'll have something rich and chocolately!
We'll then have cheese/biscuit/grapes for tea with after dinner mints, choccies and potentially other ready made "buffet" bits from M&S.
05/12/2012 at 11:13
I cheated and ordered from Very so I not have to pay outright for it. We haven't had a table for a while as our house is so small and the kids sit at a little one but they are making such a fuss about is sitting together that I thought I better bite the bullet. When we have everyone round at Christmas there wouldn't be anywhere to eat otherwise! There's 9 of us. The table is just for four but it extends and will fit around our huge corner sofa as well so we should fit everyone around it!
05/12/2012 at 11:23
Well basically the weight if lost will be going straight back on over Xmas
Xmas eve: ham in coke with veg and potatoes
Xmas day breakfast - bacon and Brie toasted sandwich
Xmas day dinner - starter: hazelnut butter scallops, main:roast duck with potatoes, sprouts, carrots, stuffing, parsnips, dessert: glayva trifle (I don't want trifle but my hs choice was sticky toffee pudding and that's too heavy), and just for the hell of it I think we will have a cheese board when the kids are in bed (we'd have to share otherwise!!)
05/12/2012 at 11:46
I've actually just done my Christmas food order online and you've just made me remember that I haven't even added anything for breakfast! Think I'll have to amend. For dinner we're having cockerel, roast pots, veg, carrot and swede mash, yorkshires etc. No one likes Christmas cake/pudding here so I'm going to make a crumble. For supper well have cold meat and savoury snacks I should think.
05/12/2012 at 11:57
egg and chips sounds a lot easier! we don't normally do breakfast. dinner will be a traditional roast at whatever time I can fit in cooking it. I have no visitors for lunch this year which will make things easier but we will have 19 in my small house xmas morning so that should be fun... I think I will go and hide somewhere and start on the vodka.
05/12/2012 at 11:59
OH SM drinking for breakfast is a given at Christmas. I always sink a few before 10am <>
05/12/2012 at 12:28
Christmas Day breakfast is chocolate biscuits, isn't it?
I was meant to be doing Christmas (for 18!) at mine but my Mum has taken over. I don't think anyone wanted me puking over the turkey. Just hope I feel a bit better so I can enjoy it.
05/12/2012 at 12:39
Chirstmas Eve is at my Mums and we're having a traditional Swedish Smorgas board. Ham, meatballs, potatoes, lingonberries, salmon, rice pudding. Yummy
Then it's Christmas just the two of us. With a bit of luck it will be 3 next year so we want to make the most of it.
Breakfast American Pop tarts
Dinner Roast duck (turkey is vile) with whatever is left in the allotment. Normally spuds, carrots, sprouts and parsnips. I'm hoping I can find someone with a red cabbage who'll swap something. MIL made Christmas pudding and white sauce; there is so much booze in the pud that it needs no help. Undecided on a starter or not.
Approx. Dr Who time: Homemade bread with cheeses and parma ham.
I ordered a bigger duck so we can have duck pancakes with hoisin on Boxing Day.
05/12/2012 at 12:48
We're at PIL so it's bacon sarnies in the morning then a big turkey dinner with trimmings and bread sauce and gravy, oh yes
Boxing day is at ours with my family and I can't decide what to cook. Buffet type supper in the evening with loads of cheese, but wondering about a roast in the day - maybe beef. Will people be fed up with anothe after Christmas day?
05/12/2012 at 12:58
We are all in a rented cottage in Yorkshire for the week this year, 8 of us - 2 of which are veggie. We all enjoy cooking so I can see it being a battle of the chefs! We will have good old turkey dinner and my brother will create some gorgeous vegetarian dish which we all end up trying. I might try and do something for breakfast this year as we dont normally bother. Christmas pud for afters and all washed down with far too much wine and beer!
And then get it all out again for supper later - cant beat cold yorkshires!!
05/12/2012 at 13:08
Lamby that depends on the people. See my dad and husband would happily chow down on a roast dinner 7 days a week. I struggle once a year. I think roast dinners are grim. So for me a buffet wins hands down. Cold roast beef, with crusty bread, rocket & mustard would be delish! A few pickles & cheese on the side...yum yum yum
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