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Started by Reindeerlia on Dec 6, 2021 9:22:27 PM
Christmas Cooking 2021

What are you making or having this year? Same as always? Something different?

Reindeerlia - 06 Dec 2021 21:23:49 (#1 of 203)

What good Christmassy chutney recipes do people recommend? We are trying to do small usable/edible gifts this year as a family - so I bagsied chutney!

dreams99 - 06 Dec 2021 21:25:08 (#2 of 203)

Bought our turkey crown from the butcher a few weeks ago, it's in the freezer.

limegreen - 06 Dec 2021 21:35:26 (#3 of 203)

Red onion chutney is grate.

JohnIlly - 06 Dec 2021 23:01:38 (#4 of 203)

I ordered a 9lb chicken from the butcher the other day. Much tastier than a small turkey.

The front end will be stuffed with oatmeal (skirlie). Sage & onion will be done in a dish to get crusty bits.

hailesaladdie - 07 Dec 2021 06:52:35 (#5 of 203)

Have ordered some confit duck, one of my favourite foods. Will visit the local greengrocers (run by a veg box supplier) on the 23rd and come back with a pannier full of very nice veg to accompany. Will likely visit the local pig farm the same week for sausages and bacon.

Pinkgum - 07 Dec 2021 08:56:34 (#6 of 203)

I think I will have pizza and lots of nibbles. Christmas day will be my first day off of the week and am working boxing day so minimal fuss/work is required.

I will probably do a nice ham and lots of trimmings at some point over the fesivities.

I will be making Christmas blondies to have with some poached pears.

GoodKingTenesmus - 07 Dec 2021 09:12:48 (#7 of 203)

Some kind of nut roast or Quorn thing, roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onion, peas, veggie Bisto. Mrs GoodQueenTenesmus will have sprouts (boak).

About 30 years ago we were living in a bedsit near a pizzeria. On Christmas Eve the Italan chef part baked bases and gave us the toppings in containers to build our own the next day.

RosyLovelady - 07 Dec 2021 10:05:19 (#8 of 203)

Guinea fowl.

JennyRad - 07 Dec 2021 10:19:16 (#9 of 203)

I've got a nice big duck on order and made an excellent batch of chicken stock last weekend that's in the freezer ready for gravy. Dinner itself is sorted.

My mother's kind of mostly off sugar - pre-diabetes and working very hard to keep it pre - so obviously I'll have cheese and biscuits and nuts ready for when MrRad and I are eating mince pies or Christmas cake. I want to have a big bowl of nuts in their shells, which I'm sure has always been a supermarket staple in previous years, but I haven't seen any yet this year and there's nothing on the Tesco website. Has anyone seen such a thing anywhere? Am I just being blind?

mazylou - 07 Dec 2021 10:21:14 (#10 of 203)

Beef wellington for us.

Seen that in Waitrose, Jenny.

Pinkgum - 07 Dec 2021 10:22:55 (#11 of 203)

Pretty sure I've seen them in Asda and M&S as well Jenny

GoodKingTenesmus - 07 Dec 2021 10:37:59 (#12 of 203)

Tesco online, certainly here, is missing things that are actually in the shop when you go in. When I do a click and collect I go in the shop first to buy the stuff, eg bottled water and mahoosive bog roll packs.

elderberry - 07 Dec 2021 10:42:54 (#13 of 203)

I'm planning a vegetarian croustade like last year for my main meal, nicely combining a crisp 'stuffing' base with seasonal and other veg in a bechamel topping. I think I put a little cheese in the sauce last year. Bacon wrapped sausages as sides in case I get meat withdrawal symptoms.

I experimented a while back and made a trifle with Lidl gluten free Madeira cake and their deluxe cream dessert as the trifle layer. Worked well, and will do it again - my mother disapproved of (a) trifle at Christmas and (b) trifle with jelly in it, so I'll be defying tradition. I have bought a gluten free Christmas pud but will probably have that after salad on 27th/27th.

Christmas cooking will kick off with a small ham baked on 22nd, some eaten then, the rest kept for those salads. 23rd, curry, preferably from a freezer or chill cabinet, accompanied by all the side dishes, 24th seafood something or other.

Will poach some chicken breasts to go with the salads, one of them to be coronationed. The stock to go in a soup made with Jerusalem artichokes of Christmas day, I live alone so don't need to suppress the windiness.

Probably the rest of the ham with leeks in a cheese sauce of the 28th.

Smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast on each festive day, with a citrus fruit starter.

Nibbles on New Year's eve.

Steak on New Year's day.

Roast chicken breast with the doings on Little Christmas (6th January).

I enjoy having a period where there's enough tradition that I don't need to think about what to cook/eat.

Steadily stocking up on sweet and savoury and liquid treats.

Agaliarept - 07 Dec 2021 10:47:26 (#14 of 203)

Were having steak with all the traditional Christmas trimmings. I've also managed to get hold of a venison leg which I'll be doing on Boxing day.

artant - 07 Dec 2021 11:54:59 (#15 of 203)

It’ll be turkey for my mum and brother and probably a nut roast for me. I usually make quite a big nut loaf (well, quite big given that I’m the only one who eats it) and have it both hot and cold for several days. Roast potatoes, swede and carrot mash, some sort of leafy green veg (sprout tops if I can get any as that’s fulfilling the Christmas tradition of sprouts without having to actually eat sprouts; probably kale if there are no sprout tops to be had), gravy, stuffing (cooked in a dish rather than with the turkey, which will only be a breast joint anyway) and pigs in blankets for the meat eaters. Christmas pudding (shop bought as I don’t seem to have made one yet).

I’ll make Ottolenghi’s clementine and almond syrup cake on Christmas Eve (as I think I have every year since the recipe was published). Not sure I can be bothered with an actual Christmas cake this year (if I do it’ll be the Darina Allen one that can be made at the last minute).

Kucinghitam - 07 Dec 2021 12:03:12 (#16 of 203)


<Feels inadequate>

We've ordered a stuffed porchetta for Christmas Day.

That's the extent of our festive food planning so far.

Reindeerlia - 07 Dec 2021 12:06:02 (#17 of 203)

I have done nothing yet - except start the thread! Don't feel inadequate.

JohnIlly - 07 Dec 2021 12:07:13 (#18 of 203)

MrsI made the Christmas cake at the end of October and it is maturing with rum.

I shall make a batch of mince pies next week and freeze them so we can always have a few freshly baked ones.

tasselhoff - 07 Dec 2021 12:08:06 (#19 of 203)

It's our daughter's problem this year. Mwahahaha!

Onegin - 07 Dec 2021 12:08:45 (#20 of 203)

I have had all the dried fruit marinating (1/2 bottle of rum, 1/2 bottle of madeira) for Nigella's Black cake, which I'll probably bake this weekend or next.

Normally do gammon/ham in Coke a few days before, as we like cold ham for breakfast on Xmas day.

Christmas Eve is either going to be Tom Kitchin's smoked salmon lasagne, or roast duck. Turkey etc. on 25th

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