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Posted by: MDBfan 3 December 2014 - 12:40 PM
Our Favourite Food thread made me think of Christmas dinner.

We have salted and dried ribs of lamb, potatoes and mashed rutabagas on Christmas Eve.

I'd like to know what's on your menu? smile.gif

Posted by: denizen 3 December 2014 - 08:57 PM
That DOES sound good! Our Christmas lunches or dinners mostly consisted of turkey, roasted potatoes and gammon usually prepared in a pot covered with coca cola (I kid you not). It worked like a charm and the meat was sweet and tender.

Posted by: Fellow Traveler 4 December 2014 - 02:42 AM
At our house, the main course usually consists of a roasted turkey wrapped in bacon, dumplings, red cabbage and sauerkraut. Add a soup for starters and varying deserts.

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Posted by: Rocket 4 December 2014 - 08:24 AM
We have roast turkey, Yorkshire pud, mashed taties and all the veg, followed by Christmas pudding and rum sauce or ridiculous chocolate pudding (named by Our Andy for the sheer quantity of chocolate in the recipe!).
This year I think we've got 15 people to help eat it biggrin.gif

Posted by: cmbj67 5 December 2014 - 01:03 PM
We usually have:

Starters (little quantity of cold cuts, smoked salmon, pickles and seafood salad)
First course (lasagne or other pasta)
Second course (roasted veal or other meat)
Dessert: traditional Panettone, like this

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with sparkling wine.

Posted by: tvero 7 December 2014 - 10:40 AM
We don't really have a typical meal here so we try to be original (using more expensive food) but we have our favourites:

-oysters,smoked salmon , foie gras (sorry for those who might find it cruel) , coquilles st jacques ,sea food in general for starters (in posh restaurants they don't translate I hope you understand what I mean about the coquilles).
-game is very popular for the main course,lobsters ,burbot (or monkfish? river/sea, can't understand the difference in my dictionary but I've cooked it before it's delicious) or capon or goose provided you have a lot of guests , pigeonsl...
-as for dessert nothing in particular apart from the 'bŻche'( which looks like a log) and is a 'must', but I like the 'omelette norvegienne' very much (icecream topped with meringue).

I'm hungry now...

I'll be the one who will do the cooking on Christmas day so...I'll try to do my best.Hope they'll like it smile.gif though I haven't decided what they will eat yet.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 7 December 2014 - 11:04 AM
Roast Goose with Wild Rice Stuffing ..... accompanied by a plethora of veggie dishes, salads & seafood casserole. Desserts of gingerbread, mincemeat tarts, chocolate custard pudding etc. But it's the ambience of it all with the Christmas Carols playing softly in the background, the twinkling of the seasonal lights, flickering of the fireplace, laughter, chatter, and (hopefully) snow gently falling through the window panes. Oh, and the eggnog, wine & beer. The fusion of all these sensory stimuli is what makes it such a magical, happy, memorable, special, unique day in the calendar.

Posted by: Jediferret 8 December 2014 - 03:35 PM
I have no idea... LOL! I don't really do anything for Christmas, so most likely it will be cooked chicken, veggies, a cake and some eggnog and/or apple cider. And to think, I don't have to share... :3

Posted by: denizen 2 December 2015 - 02:09 AM
Well Christmas will be at our house this year. We will be doing the whole turkey & gamin thing. Although I will have to get a good recipe for stuffing and come up with a good idea for dessert! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Barry Rowland 2 December 2015 - 08:55 PM
It all looks soooo good! Christmas dinner will be at my father in law's home this year, so probably we'll have ham, mashed potatoes, beans and bread and some sort of pie for dessert.

Posted by: Maclover 3 December 2015 - 12:18 AM
We will do the whole thing for Christmas dinner (eaten around the middle of the day). Whole roast turkey with my favourite stuffing of sausage meat with extra mustard and onions folded in the middle in the neck end only and an onion inside the bird - turkey will be smothered with streaky bacon before roasting, crispy roast potatoes, brussel sprouts finished off with a few lardons in the frying pan, carrots, no doubt peas, pigs in blankets (small sausages wrapped with bacon then roasted), might be roasted sweet potoatoes if I can find them - these are a recent addition to our regular English menu choices but we like them as lot, and gravy made from the giblets I like a bit of cranberry sauce with the turkey - we have English Christmas pudding (home-made) for dessert with custard or cream. . In the evening (assuming we are not too stuffed from lunch) it will be cold cuts, a piece of cooked gammon, some of the turkey, cheeses, salad type foods, pickles etc. followed by English Christmas cake and/or trifle and/or mince pies (I make my own mincemeat). We have Christmas stockings to open in the morning and do all the pressies around the tree in the afternoon once all the washing-up is done (no dishwasher here).

Posted by: Barry Rowland 3 December 2015 - 02:52 PM
On second thought, Maclover, your meal sounds fantastic!! Do you have room for a wayward Yank at your table? biggrin.gif I've never had turkey stuffed with sausage but it sounds awesome!

Posted by: Maclover 4 December 2015 - 12:10 AM
Hi Barry, Give me a shout if you ever come to the UK, I'm sure I could rustle up a turkey dinner biggrin.gif - In fact I've cooked English Christmas dinner at various points during the year if I've have foreign visitors, we can normally buy turkey out of season and it is always a special meal. biggrin.gif

I think it was my mother that introduced me to sausage meat in the bird. We put sage and onion stuffing in chicken normally, but the sausage meat works so well with the turkey. I find turkey needs a little 'added' in terms of flavour. Even a free range bird sometimes seems to need something extra (hence why I also cover it in bacon and also put better under the skin), the sausage meat sort of continues a similar flavour range. It's nothing fancy though I buy a 1lb pack of sausage meat, and roughly flatten it into a rectangle, then I spread it with made English mustard (which is a condiment I don't use a lot, but seems to work), and then add a diced medium onion scattered over the mustard. Then I fold the lot in half and place it in the neck flap of the bird. It works really well as you can sort of carve it and then it serves with the turkey meat and pigs in blankets and the pork/sausage tastes then tie in with sprouts and lardons etc.


Posted by: Barry Rowland 4 December 2015 - 06:45 AM
I absolutely will, and thanks for the recipe...I was going to ask you how you fixed it. I think it will add some spice to it! biggrin.gif

Posted by: ebonaskavi 15 December 2015 - 04:54 PM
My family tends to have on Christmas Eve: smoked ham, roast turkey, moussaka (with zucchini instead of eggplant), yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and other veggies, with a mushroom cream sauce (my favorite!) and/or gravy. For dessert I make a trifle (I just refuse to add cream to it - I love the custard!) - there are also plum puddings with brandy custard and it is all washed down with apple cider. All the leftovers are devoured over the next couple of days. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! biggrin.gif

Posted by: denizen 5 December 2016 - 08:18 PM
Well most of you are probably having the same this year for Christmas, or are you?

Anything new this Christmas? What about deserts? smile.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 6 December 2016 - 04:48 AM
We used to do fondue or gourmet.

Posted by: denizen 6 December 2016 - 05:33 AM
Wow! Sounds great! smile.gif

Posted by: Mr Duct Tape 7 December 2016 - 02:24 AM
It will probably be roasted codfish, turkey, roasted potatoes and vegetables on the side obviously. We like to eat shrimp also with cocktail sauce it's delicious ! biggrin.gif


And then for desserts we have a variety of delicious and sweet cakes, traditional christmas puddings, etÁ. thumbsup.gif

Posted by: denizen 13 December 2017 - 07:54 PM
Well, its a new year. Any new lunch / dinner plans for Christmas?

No big turkey this year. Just a baby turkey. biggrin.gif

And maybe some new surprises too.

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Posted by: Murdoc is back 14 December 2017 - 12:53 PM
Raclette biggrin.gif

I don't know if there is an english translation for it ... And I even don't know if I have written it right roller.gif But I am so looking forward to it!!! Christmas Eve AND New Years Eve!!! Wohoooo surprise.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 14 December 2017 - 01:23 PM
I'll probably make in my infamous Mac n' Cheese. It's very unhealthy and very dense, but it's so good. I make my own cheese sauce, and usually add something extra... like chicken, or bacon. I made it once with mushrooms and beef for my sister. It was actually really good too!

Anyone want my cheese sauce recipe? It's actually really simple.

Posted by: denizen 14 December 2017 - 01:25 PM
Me me me!!!! laugh.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 14 December 2017 - 01:32 PM
LOL! Okay dokey! I don't actually measure, so these are base measurements to give you an idea. The sauce is mostly made to taste, and you can change it any way you like as far as what is used and how much. I also use the left over cheese and put it on top of my Mac & Cheese before I bake it.

Katie's Cheese Sauce
2 Cups Whole Milk
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup Mozzarella
Salt to taste

Other tricks for unhealthy, but amazing Macaroni & Cheese

Add salt to water as it boils before you add your noodles
Butter noodles after they're drained (helps to keep them from sticking)
CHEESE! Lots and LOTS OF GLORIOUS CHEESE!

... bacon

This is an old photo of one of the last times I made it. It was very trial and error until I got it right.

Posted by: Dragondog 14 December 2017 - 05:43 PM
QUOTE (Jediferret @ 14 December 2017 - 03:32 PM)
LOL!  Okay dokey!  I don't actually measure, so these are base measurements to give you an idea.  The sauce is mostly made to taste, and you can change it any way you like as far as what is used and how much.  I also use the left over cheese and put it on top of my Mac & Cheese before I bake it.

Katie's Cheese Sauce
2 Cups Whole Milk
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup Mozzarella
Salt to taste

Other tricks for unhealthy, but amazing Macaroni & Cheese

Add salt to water as it boils before you add your noodles
Butter noodles after they're drained (helps to keep them from sticking)
CHEESE!  Lots and LOTS OF GLORIOUS CHEESE!

... bacon

This is an old photo of one of the last times I made it.  It was very trial and error until I got it right.

That looks pretty good! wink.gif
My Chirstmas dinner will be spiral ham, mashed potatoes with ham gravy, and homemade dinner rolls. That's been my Christmas dinner for a few years now, and I'm looking forward to it drool.gif

Posted by: denizen 14 December 2017 - 08:07 PM
Jedi, that sounds amazing. Thanks so much for the recipe! I am definitely going to try it over the holidays. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Posted by: denizen 22 December 2017 - 10:20 AM
Well Jedi, tried your recipe or as close as I could (only had white cheddar) and it was a hit! Went back for seconds and thirds! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 22 December 2017 - 10:37 AM
Nice! I don't think I've tried white cheddar before. I'll have to give that a go sometime. It took me YEARS to perfect that recipe. A lot of trail and error. Poor Dad was my guinea pig.

I made it for my friend when he visited earlier this year... he liked it too. He originally wanted me to use Velveeta. dry.gif

It didn't last 24hrs. XD

Posted by: beth 22 December 2017 - 04:45 PM
We are going with traditional this year. I'm spending the day at my daughter's with her, my grandson and my son. We are doing ham, potatoes, rolls, green beans and whatever else we dream up.

Posted by: denizen 23 December 2017 - 11:51 PM
Thatís funny Jedi biggrin.gif

Nothing wrong with that Beth! We are also going traditional-ish too with our cooked Ham / Gammon & turkey. Roasted potatoes and veggies! And then thereís dessert! blush.gif

Posted by: AmigaDeVenezuela 15 January 2019 - 08:35 PM
Hallacas- a traditional Venezuelan dish. Similar to tamales with more in the filling: a raisin, a green olive, green, red and yellow peppers, beef, goat and chicken.

Boiled carrot and potato salad.

Pan de jamůn: bread baked with ham, raisins and green olives inside.

Pepsi

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