Saturday, 18 December 2010

Christmas Dinner


Christmas dinner is a big deal in our household! And I do like to prepare it myself - yes, it's a big job; yes, it can get a bit stressful at times making sure everything's ready for the same time; yes, there are a lot of different steps involved - but I still like to do it!


We always have turkey for our Christmas dinner. We'll also have roast potatoes, roast carrots and butternut squash, boiled peas and steamed broccoli, sausagemeat stuffing, sage and onion stuffing, pigs in blankets, and proper homemade gravy (the only time in the year that I do make the gravy from scratch!) To accompany this there will be red wine for the adults and Fruit Shoots for The Children. For dessert, The Doctor likes Christmas pudding with custard, I prefer sticky toffee pudding (and Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding is THE. BEST. IN. THE. WORLD. EVER! Hooray for a local foodie shop that stocks it!), while The Children would rather have a chocolate pudding. Then we'll sit back with some freshly brewed coffee, and a mince pie if we can possibly fit one in!


We'll already have had pain au chocolat for our breakfast, and after the morning church service The Doctor and I will have enjoyed a brunch/starter of smoked salmon, diced cucumber, brown bread and butter and a glass of bubbly. Then I'll dance around the kitchen to Christmassy music while finishing off all the cooking, refusing all offers of help except laying the table, helping to carry dishes through, or clearing up afterwards!


Tea will be a light buffet of leftovers from lunch with some fresh bread, cheeses, cold meats, crisps and fruit, plus trifle and cake. There are usually plenty of chocolates around, too. I wouldn't say that the whole day revolves around food, but it's definitely a big part of our Christmas!

17 comments:

Ruth said...

I feel stuffed just by reading your menu! I think ours will be along a similar line ~ although not too many chocolates for DS, meanie that I am!

scrappyjacky said...

We eat far too much Christmas Day as well.....though our actual turkey dinner will be on christmas Eve....we hope!!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Sounds really delicious!! We do a lot less food, but mostly because DH & the boys aren't that interested in what they eat.

Kirsty.a said...

Yum, food is a big part of CHristmas for the grown ups in our family, but I am resigned to the fact that the kids might eat one pasnip plus pudding. I don't want to spend all day stressing about this so I have instigated obligatory Christmas breakfast, as blogged about today

Maria Ontiveros said...

We love having crab for Christmas or New Year's Day, since it's a local tradition. Otherwise, we have something similar to yours.

Love the treen framed overlay on today's page.
Rinda

Deb said...

Wow! That is quite the menu, Mel. Wish I could be there to help you eat all that food. Sounds like you'll have plenty.

And your "menu" page is really nice! xo

Sian said...

Christmas dinner is about the only meal of the year I really, really enjoy cooking. Because I'm more of a savoury person I love making the sausagemeat stuffing most of all.

gayle said...

That's a posh looking page for your album :) is that acetate? It looks great! Love reading your Christmas day food plans, sounds lovely and makes me look forward to ours :)

Kristin said...

Lovely sounding menu, can I come over :) The way you layered that page is beautiful, well done!

Cheri said...

I also do the Christmas meal on my own (not that anyone has EVER offered to help!) and the only part I really don't like is peeling potatoes. The rest I'm good with. And our menu is IDENTICAL to Thanksgiving!

Linda said...

What would Christmas be without food? Your Christmas joy in cooking that day's meal sounds like mine on Thanksgiving. I love putting out that spread for my family.

Amy said...

I have yet to do a Christmas meal myself - as in, we have never been the hosts! We either go to the inlaws and my MIL is a fantastic cook - a similar meal to yours but a lot of seafood is also included ... depends on the weather a bit. If not with the inlaws either my Mum or my Aunt hosts and because we have such a large family we all help with the catering ... I have made one of the puddings this year - yes, we need at least two 2kg puddings to feed us all!

Heather said...

No sprouts Mel? I think they are evil :(
Sounds like a similar menu that my Mum puts on every year (I can't begin to compete!). Its such a special meal isn't it - my mouths watering already xx

humel said...

Thanks, everyone :-)

Ruth - we will ration The Children's chocolate, 'cos we're mean too ;-)

Deb, you'd be most welcome!

Rinda and Gayle, yes, it's an acetate overlay that I've been saving from a kit, isn't it gorgeous?

Heather - I completely forgot to mention sprouts! I can't stand them, and neither can The Girl; The Doctor isn't keen either; The Boy absolutely loves them though! He'd be happy to find them in his stocking! (Unnatural child...)

Karen said...

We've been the hosts for the family Christmas dinner for years. There will be 19 of us this year, but fortunately, I don't have to do all the cooking myself. Everyone brings a dish (it's become quite standarized over the years so everyone knows what they're to bring)and it's a lovely feast.

jillconyers said...

Christmas dinner is my favorite to prepare! From planning the menu, the shopping, the table linens and centerpiece all the way to dessert, coffee and conversation.

Rachel B said...

Food is a big part of our christmas too, I loved reading all about your different meals. :)