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05/11/2013 at 09:49
Sorry. I know its early.
anyway I'm off Xmas this year so trying to get sorted.
hs family coming Xmas day and we there fore have to have turkey , the blandest meat ever! So what can I do with a turkey to make it a Bit better?
we have tried different fruity stuffings in the past but a few years ago made the decision that turkey is crap and we aren't having it again....but hs family are horrified at the thought of Xmas with no turkey.
any ideas how to make it a bit nicet????
also starter and dessert ideas too please.
we did eggs benedict for breakfast last year not sure what to do this year, might do that again as was lovely
05/11/2013 at 09:57
We always have prawn cocktail or soup to start
A small turkey crown and a joint of beef and pork as well!
Pudding we have traditional Christmas pud and just stuff out face with choc / cheese and biscuits!
Boxing Day dinner is my fave, cold meats, chips and pickles! Yum!
My Mum does leek sauce with Christmas dinner. she never adds stuff to the turkey during cooking, we just "add" to it afterwards. Leek sauce is amazing, I love it.
Can't help with starter or dessert, as we don't have those. My Mums dinner is the size of 5 courses, on one plate.
05/11/2013 at 10:04
Thanks, I think we are going to have gammon with it but I wanted nigella ham on Xmas eve!
Bloody hs family
Well they also want Xmas pudding, I'm just going to get a small one and then do something for us 4.
I want something light to start though
O I'm working Boxing Day so I do t care what they all have lol
05/11/2013 at 10:09
My Mum has a Christmas pudding in her cupboard, left over from last year... I am the only one who likes them, but she makes so much dinner, there was no room for dessert.
I always make eggnog to take to my Mums on Christmas day too. Really missed drinking it when I was pg with J. Can you make an alcoholic one, and get his family sloshed, so they don't notice what they are eating... haha
05/11/2013 at 10:11
What does that taste like? I seen it in tesco and was going to buy it.
We are all wearing Xmas jumpers so I might be twee and get egg nogg too
05/11/2013 at 10:12
I love traditional christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings! Usually have the normal sage and onion stuffing, sausage meat, bread sauce, cranberry sauce (I'm not so keen on that), and pigs in blankets with it too. MrDD's parents usually cook a joint of beef as well as a turkey.
Pudding has to be Christmas pudding, although MrDD hates it and has cheesecake instead
Don't usually have a starter so we have plenty of room for the rest of the dinner, although on the odd occasion we have, it's been something light like melon.
Breakfast is usually croissants and chocolates!
Also love a fresh cooked ham over Christmas, mmmm - can't wait for all the Christmas food!
05/11/2013 at 10:21
Eggnog is eggs, cream and sugar, so it is creamy and sweet (and alcoholic, if you choose to add it) Dead easy to make (never bought pre-made, might try it)
Eggnog latte from Starbucks is my festive drink of choice, it's AMAZING
Advocaat always reminds me of eggnog. Do people still drink that? Snowballs... my Mum used to let me and my sisters have a very small one, and Christmas evening, vom!
05/11/2013 at 10:33
we usually have smoke salmon/cream cheese on melba toast type crackers, wedge of lemon and rocket garnish
prepared turkey joint from Sainsburys in foil
gammon made in the slow cooker the night before
sausgaes and meat stuffing
microwave fresh veg
prepared parsips with mustard dressings
prepared roast potatoes
microwave pudding and cream
everything is a short cut so I don't have to spend loads of time cooking and can put it in the oven and leave it. The meal isn't the biggest even of the day due to Luke's feeding issues so we spend more time as a family enjoying other parst of the day.
could you just get a small turkey joint to appease your ILs, and cook another roast like beef or get a goose?
M&S and Sainsbury's have their food order brochures out with loads of lovely looking special desserts if you wanted to avoid making something.
05/11/2013 at 10:37
We have up on starters a few years ago same with pudding. We have turkey ham and beef with all the trimmings two types of spuds plus Yorkshire puds. I wrap the turney crown in sage butter and bacon.
05/11/2013 at 10:48
We got a Goode one Boxing Day, they didnt like it because it was goose they are very plain people
I might look at sainsburys desserts.
Carole what do u do with ham joint? What goes in slow cooker with it???
I wanted to do nigellas ham but with ginger ale for Xmas eve, might do it along with the turkey and have something to go with the ginger on the turkey???
I might see if there's any SW starters???
I can't believe a lot of u don't have desserts! My god its Xmas, its a full week if eating anything u want (Xmas eve right through to nyd
05/11/2013 at 10:49
Yes forgot about the Yorkshire pudding debate, h wants them every year and I say no as that's what u have on a roast, think we had them last year though. They will want them again I'm sure
05/11/2013 at 10:51
you can make smoke salmon pate SW style. wiz up smoke salmon, quark, seasoning, lemon juice. serve with crudités or Healthy extra rivita crisp breads
05/11/2013 at 10:54
I'm not very adventurous with the gammon. I just cook in water in the slow cooker on low. cool and wrap tightly in foil and put in fridge overnight, then the next day make a paste of honey, mustard and orange and finish off in the oven on the day.
05/11/2013 at 11:04
I love turkey on Christmas day as well.
We are going to my sisters this year, so don't have to think about food at all
Just loads of nice snacky things for us
05/11/2013 at 12:31
No it's all tradition here. About a 16lb turkey that is cooked with bacon over it. A gammon. Sage and onion stuffing and my favorite is sausage meat stuffing. Every kind of veg and potato imaginable. Pudding is Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and all the cake and chocolate we can get our hands on. Yorkshire puddings are a must here too.
05/11/2013 at 12:54
I love the turkey. We stuff butter and sage down the skin on top of the breast meat to keep it succelent. We may have put bacon over the top as well, although when I'm saying 'we' I really mean 'H' as he does the cooking. You can also put a lemon and garlic inside the bird rather than stuffing - but make sure you cook them first so that they go in warm otherwise slows up the cooking time. Pigs in blankets. Stuffing but done separately. Roast potatoes. Veggies.
Starter would be something light like smoked salmon. We did that with those little pancake thingies the other year.
Pud is Christmas pud or ice cream. Or both. My mum has done an ice christmas pudding in the past - its like an ice cream pudding with cold fruits in it.
And choccies for afters.
If we were going to have two lots of meat I'd do a turkey crown and roast beef. We're going to my mum and dad's this year so don't need to worry about the food at all.
05/11/2013 at 13:32
We tend to get a large chicken from our local farm shop 7-8lbs, cheaper than turkey at Christmas and doesn't dry out as much, it's normally 5 adults and 2 children, not loads left over either to eat for the next week, with roast potato's, parsnips, yorkshire puddings, bacon rolls, sausages, parsley stuffing and sausagemeat stuffing, and veg. Love Christmas roasts and they are quite easy to do. Yum Yum Yum.
05/11/2013 at 13:42
We are going to MILs this year I think (she mentioned it once and never again since, actually just told H to check with her) so will be dried out turkey, watery gravy and cold veg most likely.
My ideal Xmas dinner is oatcakes and pâté with raspberry coulis to start, then turkey, parsnips, mash, roast potatoes, peas, two kinds of stuffing, M&S is my fave, kilted pigs. Dessert...I think I did a pavlova last year so it was light, it was great. Homemade Christmas cake later on, plus selection boxes, tins of roses etc
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