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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby scullion » October 22nd, 2019, 5:00 pm

hahaha, if none of them came after you've catered for that amount you'll be eating leftovers until easter!
i hope for your sake they all make it.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby miss mouse » October 22nd, 2019, 5:27 pm

wargarden wrote: the relatives and friends will
come or not. If not there are plenty of leftovers.


Do you not know ahead how many will come?
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby Pepper Pig » October 22nd, 2019, 5:40 pm

earthmaiden wrote:I've remembered why I don't plan Christmas too early. The dynamics of the family have already changed more than once since this thread started :lol:.


And in our case a last minute change of weather could mean we’re on our own.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby earthmaiden » October 22nd, 2019, 8:50 pm

wargarden wrote:earthmaiden i worry about the food. the relatives and friends will
come or not. If not there are plenty of leftovers.

I usually know by the time Christmas arrives - but often not long before. My fault for telling family and friends I am all for an informal laid back time and they can do what they like but are welcome :lol:. Easiest to have food in for buffet style meals but not stand on ceremony when it's uncertain.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby wargarden » October 23rd, 2019, 7:46 pm

hahaha, if none of them came after you've catered for that amount you'll be eating leftovers until easter!
i hope for your sake they all make it.


If your leftover last till Easter you made way to much food.
my leftover never last more then a week and with plated meal
each dish is of limited portion per person.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby scullion » October 23rd, 2019, 8:02 pm

wargarden, if you read my post again you will see that i'm commenting on -
wargarden wrote:earthmaiden i worry about the food. the relatives and friends will
come or not. If not there are plenty of leftovers.

i.e. your leftovers.
unfortunately, we never have leftovers from christmas dinner that last more than a day however much i try.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby wargarden » October 24th, 2019, 5:36 am

as i said I don't make to much
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby Seatallan » October 24th, 2019, 8:16 am

I'm a terror for making too much of everything. It's a hang-over from my childhood I think, as my mum was just the same. I always worry it won't go around. :)

It usually all gets etted eventually.....
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby earthmaiden » October 24th, 2019, 12:05 pm

Christmas isn't Christmas without leftovers! (I should maybe add that in the UK, we have Boxing Day and then often all the days up until new year which can be termed as 'Christmas' :lol: :lol: ). If I'm out on Christmas Day but home for the rest of it I still make Christmas dinner minus the veg but with all stuffing and sauces and puds to have cold (and to make soup!).
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby wargarden » October 24th, 2019, 1:47 pm

i thought you all had 12 days of Christmas.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby StokeySue » October 24th, 2019, 3:39 pm

There are still 12 days of Christmas if you follow the old tradition, but we don't all get the time off work to carouse! Only Christmas Day, Boxing Day (St Stephen's day, 26 December) and New Year's Day are official holidays in England and Wales; the Scots only get one day for Christmas but do get 2 for New Year

Someone posted this infographic from BBC Good Food magazine on Twitter, it is much disagreed with
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby suffolk » October 24th, 2019, 3:44 pm

Only six sprouts!?!?!?! :shock: We eat double that each ... and then some. There’s no allowance for second helpings!

And then you need extra for Bubble & Squeak.

And only two small potatoes? Ridiculous ... no one would ever come to your place for Christmas dinner again ..... :idea: or perhaps that’s the plan :lol:
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby Busybee » October 24th, 2019, 3:48 pm

Do they mean one whole potato? I would normally cut that into three pieces so that would be about right. I seriously disagree on the amount if gravy per person but there again I’m a northerner, we love our gravy. :lol:

I’d have thought those quantities sound about right, especially when you take all the extra trimmings into account.

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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby Seatallan » October 24th, 2019, 3:53 pm

Good God!!! Only SIX sprouts????? :scared: :scared: :scared:

I'm with Suffs. I could easily eat double. As for the gravy amount..... :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby StokeySue » October 24th, 2019, 4:02 pm

As I posted it, I must say I'm assuming this is not intended to give you vast amounts of leftovers, just "on the day"

So that's more than enough gravy for me, especially if there are other sauces such as bread sauce or cranberry
I agree with BB, depends on how you cut the potatoes, I usually cut them into three as well, so that's enough for me personally, but I'd allow slightly more for other people
Clearly a mean portion of sprouts, they are smaller than they used to be, and if you get the littl'uns you need many more than an average of 5 per person
I'd leave the carrots for Santa's reindeer myself, nice colour, but not required IMO
I might do red cabbage if there's a duck or goose involved

I hope that stuffing and sauces are on the next page too
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby earthmaiden » October 24th, 2019, 4:07 pm

No leftovers there - but I approve of the amounts - there would be room for proper tea and supper :chops: which get missed out a lot these days ;) .

I love the big sprouts we used to get. 6 of those was enough.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby suffolk » October 24th, 2019, 5:03 pm

But what about the leftovers? :cry:
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby liketocook » October 26th, 2019, 7:10 pm

Got to have leftovers in my house, Boxing Day "needs" bubble & squeak and lots of cold meat & trimmings to have with pickles. :drool: After all the cooking in the run up/on the day I want a lot of "fridge" bits to pick at or for the basis of easy meals. Leftover gravy is must and any still lingering on the 27th gets added to the pot of turkey soup which according to my family is the best soup ever. My boys seem to be able to get through a scary amount of pigs in blankets I don't think I've ever made too many! We eat our Christmas main course mid to late afternoon and usually have dessert early evening after doing most of the clearing up then later a cheese board, mince pies, chocs etc. (and often leftover trimmings) once the board games come out :D .
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby WWordsworth » November 7th, 2019, 8:06 pm

Rather than the casserole I proposed, J has decreed cannon of venison.
As long as he's happy to cook it after a walk and a couple of beers :rolleyes:
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby Busybee » November 7th, 2019, 9:00 pm

I ordered our turkey today, a herb fed bronze from a local supplier.

https://www.herbfedpoultry.co.uk/

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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby wargarden » November 8th, 2019, 8:44 pm

WWordsworth must be a huge cannon to shoot venison out of.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby Seatallan » November 9th, 2019, 11:28 am

:D

I've ordered my Christmas Goose. So my goose is deffo going to be well and truly cooked... :)
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby scullion » November 9th, 2019, 11:59 am

wargarden wrote:WWordsworth must be a huge cannon to shoot venison out of.

oh deer!
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby MagicMarmite » November 9th, 2019, 12:37 pm

Chinese takeaway this year.
There'll definitely be
Salt and chilli tofu
sweet and sour king prawns
Crispy seaweed
Singapore rice noodles
Fried beansprouts
Not sure what else yet, but plenty more to last boxing day too.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby Seatallan » November 9th, 2019, 12:53 pm

scullion wrote:
wargarden wrote:WWordsworth must be a huge cannon to shoot venison out of.

oh deer!


:lol: :lol: :lol:

MagicMarmite- sounds lovely! By a strange coincidence we're having a Chinese takeaway for tea today. Really looking forward to it. :chops:
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby Ratatouille » November 9th, 2019, 2:41 pm

Absolutely nothing! We are going to a lovely local restaurant for a 6 course lun. The food is good the place will be full of locals and they are not precious about tweaking the menu.

The 24th we are invited to our Danish friends for a suitably Scandinavian meal - complete with silly games and a real tree with real candles.
We will have friends to lunch on January 1st, as yet menu to be decided -probably game.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby wargarden » November 9th, 2019, 6:27 pm

we did Chinese one year. we had Peking duck. god only knows who the duck peaked at. But they must been mad
since the duck got killed over it.
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby Seatallan » November 10th, 2019, 2:59 pm

:lol:

Rats, that sounds wonderful!!
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Re: what are you serving for Christmas dinner

Postby WWordsworth » November 11th, 2019, 10:04 pm

I had to think about that wargarden, had to say it out loud really.
Very good :tu:
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