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Traditional Christmas dinner

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aprilrose Sun 13-Oct-19 05:24:43

I am not big on starting new discussions but this topic has exercised my thought recently.

I have been asked to my works Christmas meal - one at a restaurant/hotel. Its around £0 a head but when I got to see the menu I declined.

Now people think I am antisocial but I declined because the menu was awful. There was nothing on it I could eat. Even the Christmas turkey had to have some concoction put over it. The starters were full of things I would never eat in a million years. I thought it might be a ne off but it seems that all meals out now have these modern twists and differences.

What happened to the turkey with sage and onion stuffing , roasts, brussels and carrots with some nice meat gravy. More, what happened to a traditional Christmas pud, or even a cheese ( Cheddar or Stilton for me) and biscuits option?

My work ( as in management) put on a dinner in the canteen just before Christmas - one we get subsidised - and thats still traditional but hotels and resturants seem to have gone mad for anything but .....

I have a bigger problem than it just not being traditional. I get a lot of indigestion these days and I have found much of it is in the fancy sauces, trimmings and all manner of things "modern" in the shops. I have started ( late I know) to make my own food - plain and simple. But Christmas dinner has always been something to look for ward to, traditional and not adulterated!

Is this twist on a theme stuff with all manner of things brought in from elsewhere common now or just where I live? Am I doomed to be forever at home for Christmas with no parties to go to?

Calendargirl Sun 13-Oct-19 08:10:47

I suppose lots of people no longer eat meat, some are gluten and lactose intolerant, cheese is bad for cholesterol, ......
I could go on!

kittylester Sun 13-Oct-19 08:20:10

We have declined a reunion dinner for completely the opposite reason.

We were offered a really pedestrian 3 course meal - soup or pate, roast beef or fish or a vegetarian option and creme brulee for £38!!

Loislovesstewie Sun 13-Oct-19 08:29:36

I'm not keen on Xmas dinner. I can easily forego turkey , too often it is dry and boring. I would eat Xmas pudding but would prefer another choice . I suspect that wouldn't go but it would be because there was turkey on the menu. We rarely went for a traditional meal at Xmas when I worked. I think we had Greek or Italian, or a curry because it was easy to find alternatives for vegetarians , Halal, Kosher etc.

Whitewavemark2 Sun 13-Oct-19 08:36:42

Work do’s were always as much about the fun and socialising as about the food when I was working.

Like others we always went for the restaurant we all fancied, and often ended up in a non-traditional one.

To a degree I still feel the same, we are part of a group of people that meet quarterly to socialise and eat and although we enjoy the food we also enjoy the company.

If we want to eat something special, we usually go out alone as our taste is not necessarily the same as others, nor our willingness to pay a bit for something special.

B9exchange Sun 13-Oct-19 08:48:25

I am having to organise three Christmas dinners for organisations or departments this year, and all three restaurants have the traditional Christmas turkey and trimmings as one of the options, perhaps it is just a case of looking further? I actually usually choose something different given the choice because I like my Christmas turkey meal to be something special I have cooked for the family (those that come), rather than a repeated option so that the Christmas Day meal is something I have had before.

aprilrose Sun 13-Oct-19 08:53:04

Oh, clearly it is me then. Thanks.

On my list of indigestible foods are garlic ( big trigger and in everything it seems now), anything "Italian", curry
(anything curry or spicy kills me). I can eat cheese and I am not watching my diet, cholesterol or anything else (yet) .

But obviously I am a one off.

I noticed somehow my keyboard is missing - the cost of the meal £50 a head.

Sara65 Sun 13-Oct-19 09:00:09

We’ve eaten out for Christmas dinner a few times over the years, I’m not a huge fan of it traditional or not, but the last time we ate out at Christmas, a couple of years ago, it was fifty pounds a head, and awful, I had the vegetarian options, and it was just tasteless slush.

We never have family Christmas Day, so we’ll probably just have picky food, then when everybody comes on Boxing Day, we are going to make a big lasagna.

To be honest, my old Aga isn’t up to the job anymore.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Sun 13-Oct-19 09:08:20

I've gone off Christmas dinner these days. It's like a fancier version of the traditional Sunday roast which I rarely eat now.
The quantity is too great. When the turkey, gravy, stuffing and all the veg are plated up it looks like a dog's dinner which I find very off-putting. I don't like enormous meals and get indigestion too if I overdo it.
Modern twists aren't for me either. I don't object to garlic but can't eat spicy food. So it'll be interesting this year, won't it?

EllanVannin Sun 13-Oct-19 09:23:17

My own eating habits are not as they were at all, very hit and miss. Even out last night I just had a starter as a full meal.

Christmas, I'll still buy a " crown " though not the same somehow and will do the full dinner as my D is working and GS who lives with her will both be here at teatime when she finishes. Plus I'm not sure how the land is going to lie with my GD and all the GGC so at least there'll be plenty to go around whatever happens.

Sara65 Sun 13-Oct-19 09:28:11

Once in a restaurant at our staff Christmas dinner, I opted for the salmon, and to my amazement, I had exactly the same as everyone else, with just turkey substituted for salmon, stuffing, roast potatoes, sausages, the lot! It was horrible!

grapefruitpip Sun 13-Oct-19 09:37:24

I agree husband used to make it and it looked like well....a dog's dinner, a great pile of beige.

OP £50.00 is a lot of money for something you don't really want.

I think we are going out to an upmarket curry place this year.

Teetime Sun 13-Oct-19 09:39:06

I have booked my Walking Netball groups Christmas Meal at the start of December at a Hotel restaurant the group have come to love because of the enormous choice on the menu so while some will have the Roast Turkey etc I know that others will be having scampi, sausage, fish and chips, curry, lasagne - it good home cooking and about £15 for 2 courses.

Maggiemaybe Sun 13-Oct-19 09:51:28

That sounds vile, Sarah65! shock

I’d always choose another option over the traditional Christmas dinner on a night out, but still enjoy it on the day itself. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a work Christmas do though where it wasn’t an option, apart from the two occasions when we went to an Indian restaurant. It’d be a shame not to go, as the Christmas do’s more about the socialising than the food, but £50’s an awful lot of money if you can’t eat anything! Would there be an option of joining them after the meal?

aprilrose Sun 13-Oct-19 10:43:06

I dont think I have ever dished up a dogs dinner for Christmas day. I always see turkey, roast potatoes and veg , followed by christmas pud as indulgent, but not slop. Yes, I could put on pork or beef and have done sometimes but never other things.

I never cook slop, or I hope not anyway. Maybe it is in the portion size for some? I never give giant portions myself.

Now, I do not mean to offend but when I see Lasagne, or pasta dishes, Bolognase or curry, slop comes to my mind. Lasagne is little more than pasta sloshed in cooked cheese with mince in the middle really isnt it?

I guess we are all different.

aprilrose Sun 13-Oct-19 10:45:59

Teatime - I like the place you have booked! I wish someone would find something similar near my work. I looked at several places myself but even the local "Greasy Spoon" restaurant, which I liked for good home style food at reasonable prices, has some sort of odd combinations for Christmas. Maybe it is a trend in my area.

M0nica Sun 13-Oct-19 11:50:12

Most restaurants usually offer a range of dishes for their Christmas meal. Looking locally, the usual choice is three. The startersusually include, smoked salmon, a soup (vegetable) and something else, The main course choice is usually a straight forward, plain, roast turkey and all the trimmings, fish dish and vege/vegan option. Dessert, again Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, something like fruit salad and then ice cream.

There is one local pub that does its own version of a Christmas mea, we had it oncel and actually it was really quite nice. I am very fussy over poultry, which I do not particularly like, unless it is organic and I find most catering turkey unpalatable, so having it garnished with a cranbury marinade, served on a bed of an unusual stuffing with gratin dauphinois was rather nice and meant that the home cooked Christmas day meal was looked forward because I hadn't already eaten 4 Christmas dinners of mediocre quality.

whywhywhy Sun 13-Oct-19 11:54:27

I would rather have cheese and tomato sandwiches while sitting on a nice warm beach!

BlueSapphire Sun 13-Oct-19 11:57:55

aprilrose, all those things you have listed as 'slop' are some of my favourite foods! Perhaps you haven't had them cooked properly. I enjoy traditional English food, but really love anything spicy, Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern.

Sara65 Sun 13-Oct-19 12:05:25


I agree

Maggiemaybe Sun 13-Oct-19 12:38:35

And me. smile I’m lucky in that I can eat anything, and love trying new things.

M0nica Sun 13-Oct-19 12:47:10

Reminds me of an aunt, long dead, who always referred to anything she was served that was not meat, veg and potatoes as 'foreign muck'. I didn't agree with her then (I was a teenager) and I certainly do not now

newnanny Sun 13-Oct-19 13:20:24

I shall go to several Xmas meals in run up to Xmas. One with my sisters after making our parents Xmas wreath, one with my fellow foster carers, one with old teaching colleagues after Xmas church service on final day of term and I always organise a Xmas meal out with all of my 3 children, 1 foster child and 2 dgc one weekend in mid December as I won't see dd over Xmas day or Boxing day. I tend to order a traditional Xmas dinner but my dh is vegetarian and one son prefers a steak. I don't mind, each to their own, I just happy to share a Xmas meal with them.

newnanny Sun 13-Oct-19 13:25:22

At home for Xmas I serve a turkey crown and a beef as one son does not like turkey. I also do a ham on Xmas Eve so then on Boxing day I have plenty of cold meats for a Boxing day buffet. I bought a metal hostess tray form Aldi a few years ago and find it very good for keeping veg warm so I serve up lots of veg as dh is a vegetarian. He has a Lentil Loaf that is cooked in microwave with lots of veg.

GrannyGravy13 Sun 13-Oct-19 13:33:36

Just realised what I am cooking for Sunday lunch as Daughter, her partner and GS are here......Roast Chicken, sage & onion stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, cabbage and sprouts. I am 72 days too early 🤣🤣