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Christmas Dinner...reflections on and thought for the future

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Anja Thu 17-Jan-19 13:40:34

I have concluded that the inevitable stress of Christmas dinner is created by adverts and supermarkets..
It's a Sunday dinner for god sake. We do it quite happily 51 weeks of the year but can we the consumers be trusted to manage by ourselves on one day of the year, apparently not.
Here goes...
1. Turkey... It's a big chicken that's all, 20 minutes per lb plus 20 minutes at 180 degrees - jobs a good one. Get yourselves a meat thermometer £3 off the Internet poke it in the offending bird if it says 75 degrees or over its cooked.
2. Stuffing - regardless of what Jamie Oliver says you do NOT need 2lbs of shoulder of pork, onions breadcrumbs,pine nuts and a shit load of fresh herbs to make stuffing.... What you need is Paxo and a kettle!! If you wanna liven it up squeeze 3 sausages out of their skins and mix that in with your Paxo before cooking.
3. Gravy - Jamie Oliver is copping for this one aswell....
Bisto Jamie.... All you need is Bisto or Tesco finest.
4. Vegetables. Never mind faffing round shredding sprouts and frying them with bacon and chestnuts to make them more palatable, If you don't like them don't buy and cook the things. If your family only eats frozen peas then that's good enough.
5. Roast potatoes. Yes I part boil mine then roast them in goose fat or whatever you want to use, but Aunt Bessie also does the same.
6. Trimmings,Christmas pudding, Mince pies and the like, whatever shop you use or do what I do bake them yourself
7. Family. Children (if you have any) Feed the little blighters first separately, if they only want turkey with tomato sauce fine leave them to it, it doesn't matter. Once they are fed bugger them off to play with their Christmas presents so that you can enjoy your dinner in Peace.
Adults. Anyone that can manage to get their sorry arse to your dinner table is also capable of helping to serve up / sort the kids out / clear the table / wash up / dry up etc.
And Finally.....
NO ONE, And I mean no one APART FROM THE COOK IS ALLOWED TO GET P**SED AND FALL ASLEEP BEFORE THE WASHING UP IS DONE.

kittylester Thu 17-Jan-19 13:55:56

I'm with you anja,:apart from the gravy. Roasting tin scrapping (or decided!!) with wine, reduce, good stock, reduce. Failing that M&S posh turkey gravy!!

Or go away - we did this year. Doubt it will happen again but it was wondrous!

It's great to have you back!!!

Anja Thu 17-Jan-19 14:19:31

I’m hoping t keep things lighter kitty, can but try 🤨

kittylester Thu 17-Jan-19 15:03:24

My bloomin phone - not decided but deglazed!!

MissAdventure Thu 17-Jan-19 15:09:11

I've always just done a normal roast dinner.
No extras, just the usual. Yum!

Willow500 Thu 17-Jan-19 15:13:57

grin Anja - quite agree apart from the fact we don't have Sunday dinner more than half a dozens times a year (if that) but I do remember cooking it and it's not much different just on a larger scale. Oh and pigs in blankets - have to have those !

MiniMoon Thu 17-Jan-19 15:20:27

Absolutely Anja. The roasted I did this year were from Tesco, just bung them in the tin for the time stated on the packet. Stuffing was out of a posh packet. I don't ever fuss with the Christmas dinner, and I've had compliments! 😃😃

annsixty Thu 17-Jan-19 15:34:13

The only thing in that list that I would "take issue* with is the sprouts.
I don't like them but my D did exactly what you described with the shredding ,chopping tinned chestnuts and frying with, in our case, streaky bacon, they were delicious.

farview Thu 17-Jan-19 19:57:29

Spot on Anja ... bloody sick of TV programmes/magazines trying to get people stressed!!!ITS A ROAST DINNER!!!!

morethan2 Thu 17-Jan-19 21:00:28

Your right it’s a roast...but for 17. I look after and worry about that turkey as if it’s a baby. wink Happy it’s only once a year.

Bathsheba Thu 17-Jan-19 21:13:56

Couldn't agree more. It's just a roast dinner, maybe with one or two extras (gammon and pigs in blankets in our case), but hey, it's not rocket science.
And then there's the crazy, crazy food shopping experience. Stockpiling for Brexit has absolutely nothing on the Christmas trolley dash. HELP, the shops are going to be shut for 12 hours - we'll have to get two months' worth of rations in confused

M0nica Thu 17-Jan-19 21:50:45

But why are you all so stressed that it is only a roast dinner? confused

BradfordLass72 Thu 17-Jan-19 22:10:34

It's easier for me, our Christmas is in summer - salads, fruits, cheese, seafood buffet, foods to dip and pick at.

No problems smile

I'll get into trouble if anyone from Pedants Corner sees that smile

bikergran Thu 17-Jan-19 22:12:03

Just off to bed and the start of this thread has made me laugh Anja lol (I don't laugh much these days so thankyou lol)

smile grin

Day6 Thu 17-Jan-19 22:21:58

Like your OP Anja

Someone suggested on another thread that Christmas day would be so much better if we had a lovely breakfast/brunch of smoked salmon and Bucks Fizz late morning, sherry/wine/ drinks during the day as we watched old films, family stuff/the Queen's speech, and had pre-cooked cold meats, pickles and nibbles for tea later on, followed by the usual chocolate treats or mince pies etc.

Cut out the turkey roast in the middle of the day and relax. I could do that quite happily.

Gonegirl Thu 17-Jan-19 22:26:13

I did that mixing sausage meat with Paxo for the stuffing one year. It was SO boring. Nothing like as delicious as the stuffing DD makes from scratch.

absent Tue 19-Nov-19 05:30:59

I am a cook and I contributed to family Christmases with homemade Christmas puddings, which were very rich and yummy for many years, as well as a putting up the decorations in my aunt's house. As she became older I took over the Christmas celebrations. I always cooked turkey, goose and ham – we are a big family (and I dislike turkey) – and I still made my own Christmas puddings.

absent Tue 19-Nov-19 05:35:39

Somehow that posted before I had finished. These days I live in a country where Christmas happens in summer and my daughter "does" Christmas. It is lovely, but the turkey and ham are cold and mostly served with a delicious selection of salads. No Christmas pudding, although I have my own personal recipe, but pavlova and trifle. Autre temps, autre mers. By the way, I still prefer goose at Christmas.

Sara65 Tue 19-Nov-19 06:27:25

I agree, I did see the Tesco ad last night, I think it was Tesco, I wasn’t taking a whole lot of notice, but at the end there was a family sat down to a meal which would have fed the five thousand!

I haven’t cooked a Sunday roast for forty years or more, and I don’t make an exception for Christmas (but sometimes my husband does)

TwiceAsNice Tue 19-Nov-19 07:14:56

Don’t have to worry about it - lovely daughter cooks it. I am chief vegetable preparer ! You did make me laugh though Anja

J52 Tue 19-Nov-19 08:07:01

Over the years I’ve cooked Christmas diner for the family, except the years when we all went to wonderful Aunts huge house. Wonderful Aunt could also cook wonderful food.
Now, the arrangements are different, DH and I spend Christmas morning with DCs, DILs and DGCs then have Christmas lunch on our own, bliss, thank you Waitrose and M&S.
Now, Boxing Day! Everyone comes to us!

DanniRae Tue 19-Nov-19 08:19:52

My daughter cooks our Christmas dinner and her top tip - cook the roast potatoes on Christmas Eve then put them in the oven for 20 mins on Christmas Day to reheat - delicious. You can also freeze them and reheat from frozen - still delicious!

GrannyLaine Tue 19-Nov-19 08:24:57

@Anja, you make a fair point however I love to cook and most things are made from scratch because then they are exactly the way I like them. I just don't much like pre prepared food and I'm lucky to have a very appreciative family. The one thing I've learned over the years is to lay off the wine until the meal is on the table. Anything beyond a lovely glass of bubbly and all my timings go to pot!

sodapop Tue 19-Nov-19 08:45:55

I'm with kittylester about the gravy, no Bisto in this house. I love sprouts but just cooked plainly with no fancying up. Delicious in bubble and squeak on Boxing Day.

Missfoodlove Tue 19-Nov-19 09:17:34

I wholeheartedly agree!
As a very keen cookI love to make lots of canapés for the big day. Some are prepared already and frozen! I have also made a chicken liver pate and will make and freeze mince pies next week.
My gripe though is with the gluttony and waste, no food is purchased in our home until all the turkey, ham, cheese etc have gone, not a scrap is wasted.
I will make stocks,soups, quiches anything to make sure nothing is wasted.