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22/11/2013 at 14:15
We have discovered Lidl for Christmas food. Half an hour, in and out. No massive queues, good food and no stress. I am amazed that anyone goes anywhere else and spends two hours queuing.
I also get the turkey last minute as places like M&S sell them half price.
Where do you do your shop? The local supermarket? Do you order your turkey weeks in advance, or leave everything until Christmas Eve?
Tell me please!
22/11/2013 at 14:29
We're at my parents for Christmas day this year so won't be buying the main food. But last year we won the turkey in a raffle which involved H having to go an pick it up from the next town. The years before that we ordered it locally and it was delivered on Christmas eve.
Other than that we'd buy it all in Tescos or veggies in local green grocers a few days before. I've never queued for hours in the supermarket.
Its easy to get into a panic and buying vast quantities of stuff but we try and remember that the shops are open again on Boxing Day anyway. And they're 5 minutes walk away from us.
22/11/2013 at 14:31
I've ordered the meats from the butcher collecting on 22nd.
Fruit and veg from farm shop
Booze, chocolates and nibbles from various supermarkets.
22/11/2013 at 14:32
I'll be shopping in Sainsburys as usual. I normally shop on a Friday and will probably do my Christmas shop the last Friday before Christmas but it will only a standard shop with fresh stuff as I'll have got everything else by then, including the turkey which I will get and keep in our chest freezer. We don't tend to get much different for Christmas though, other than for lunch itself.
22/11/2013 at 15:42
I've got most of my booze, juice, crisps, chocolate and nuts have been picking bits up in aldi/lidl and asda
Last year we got our meat from the butcher but we are having turkey this year [sigh], I might leave it to last minute in the hope we don't manage to get one
Getting fruit/veg on 23rd, I'm working till 2230 then will go to all night asda.
I like doing it this way as it spreads the cost iyswim
We just need to get bread, cheese, fruit veg and a turkey
22/11/2013 at 15:48
CP we try to start buying early but we always dip in!
I've got 4 tubs of chocolates and 4 tubs of peanuts hidden around the house in various places so H doesn't' start eating them. Got a box of wine & champagne coming from work so won't really need much else wine just spirits mixers and beers.
22/11/2013 at 16:03
CP do you not like turkey or just bored of it? I didn't like it until I did Phil Vickery's steam a turkey recipe, it's proper good!
22/11/2013 at 16:05
She's a food snob and doesn't like turkey because she thinks it's boring. Isn't that right CP?
22/11/2013 at 16:06
Turkey is the blandest, boringest meat ever! We haven't had it for years as got so fed up of the blandness of it, its ok but meh! We tried loads to make it interesting but needless to say its still meh. Hs family are coming this year, they want turkey as apparently its not christmas without turkey so we all need to endure the sh1t meat
22/11/2013 at 16:12
If we bought too much in advance then it would be all eaten by Christmas. H even managed to open the tin of Quality Street for no good reason the other day. What's even worse is I found the tin from last year a couple of weeks ago and it still had the strawberry creams in it which no-one likes Can't believe we didn't either force ourselves to eat them or throw them out months ago.
CP I reckon you should get some turkey burgers for H's family and then your family can sit down to roast beef or something else.
22/11/2013 at 16:17
I suggested a turkey escalope (which I think they'd like lol) and we get something else. H is going on about putting the turkey in a bucket 'with a load of spices' so god only knows how that'l turn out but at least I can then moan for the whole year about how we should just do as I say at Xmas
22/11/2013 at 16:21
Steam it honestly! It makes it really moist. I was well impressed. Unless you've tried it of course already and hated it!
22/11/2013 at 16:30
CP how many in-laws you feeding? Get a crown for them and other meats for you. We're having turkey ham and beef, there is only 6 of us, 3 of them kids
LadyLaura - did you steam like you would lamb? Over a rack with boiling water and cover in foil? Did you add any extras on the meat like butter & sage?
22/11/2013 at 17:02
I've no idea I don't like lamb! You add wine and stock and veg to the tray, cover it in foil then put it on the hob for a bit before putting it in the oven. I was surprised how good it was. Can't remember what we added to it.
22/11/2013 at 17:29
Yeah sounds like how we do our lamb. Thanks
22/11/2013 at 19:09
I go to my parents for Christmas dinner so don't really need to do a shop as such.
I'll go to Asda, as usual for my booze, chocs, crisps, usual stuff that we will need over Christmas. I'll probably go on the 20th when me and H are both off and the kids are still at school.
22/11/2013 at 19:11
I don't buy turkey, my mum does that! I will be doing most of the shop at Tesco, as I'm earning £45 off my shop bill, and I will Click and Collect it, I prefer that to delivery because if anything isn't right I can nip into store to get it whilst I'm there.
I will also be getting bits from M&S and Boxing Day meat for brekkie and dinner from the Butchers.
22/11/2013 at 20:13
We just got the aldi Christmas book and there's loads of nice bits in it so we'll probably get a lot from there. Waitrose has just opened near us so i might get some nice stuff from there
22/11/2013 at 22:38
We'll be shopping with Ocado for Xmas, already have our slot booked. We have their Smart Pass so paid for deliveries upfront last year which worked out cheaper. I just can't face the supermarkets near Xmas, stresses me out.
23/11/2013 at 07:31
We're at my mums in Christmas Day and Hs family Boxing Day so we'll buy some bits to contribute, and ill make some cakes and stuff, but not a huge Christmas shop as such.
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