Breakfast will be bagels, fruit, cereal, whatever people want really. Stocking chocs of course.
Then for lunch we are having a turkey joint with roast spuds, yorkshires, pigs in blankets, mulled red cabbage, steamed broccoli and carrots, cranberry relish, lots of gravy.
I have been stressing over dessert, wanting to make something special, but actually there are only four of us and DC are both small, I hate Xmas cake/pud, DH isn't fussed...so now thinking everyone can please themselves with mince pies, mini Xmas pud, ice cream etc. and I will buy myself a slice of cheesecake
Tea will be picking at cheese, pickles, cold cuts, bread, nuts, crisps, more choc etc.
HintofBream thanks for the Lidl heads up. There's one near me so I shall investigate this weekend. I haven't had raclette for about 20 years, since I lived in Germany.
There was a nice recipe in this morning's Metro for devils on horseback which consisted of prunes soaked for 24 hours in Armagnac, then stuffed with stilton, rolled in pancetta and oven cooked for about 5 mins. Sounds delish, have added that to the Christmas menu!
So many lovely menus here & I love the differences as much as the traditions, (& too need raclette now), thanks all for sharing, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas & some fabulous food - I can' wait.
LuLa, I do hope Lidl still has the cheese. I shall feel very bad if I have blighted your Christmas with unachievable ambitions. You have to keep your eye open and grab (lots of) it when it's in. It keeps for ages.
About the raclette cheese - Sainsbury's here used to have it, and then stopped a year ago . Waitrose still have it (on the cheese counter), but I have found that Jarlsberg cheese (buy it ready-sliced) makes an acceptable substitution and is more widely available so thats' what we tend to have now when the kids clamour for another raclette session!
breakfast is fruit salad,croissants and pain au chocolat with posh coffee and orange juice. we will graze through the day and have lunch at 2pm of duck, goose fat roasties, sprouts, broccoli, sweet potato mash, carrots and roast parsnips with gravy, stuffing balls, yorkshires and pigs in blankets. dessert of christmas pud and champagne cream or blackforest gateau. followed by more grazing.
boxing day lunch of bubble and squeak made with leftovers.
buffet supper of cheeses, pate, leftover duck, a leg of lamb, honey glazed gammon, posh bread and lots of other goodies.
Breakfast will probably be cinnamon buns (if I can be bothered to do them on christmas eve) or sainsburys pain au choc if I can't!
Lunch will be a starter of smoked salmon with prawns, horseradish cream and lime vinaigrette which I've never tried before. I'm going to get some pate and crusty bread in case it doesn't work.
Main will be - turkey roasties bread sauce cranberry sauce cauliflower cheese mashed swede and carrot pigs in blankets gravy stuffing
For pudding I completely forgot about a christmas cake or pudding so I'm either going to make or buy a yule log. I'm not too fond of them but can't think what else would please everyone. I'm also going to make some prosecco jelly if I can find a recipe.
Later we'll just nibble on leftovers and chocolate.
Breakfast will be rolls on bacon, sausage and egg.
Lunch is Lentil n bacon soup with crusty bread, followed by Ham in coke, roast tatties and vegetables, Yorkshire puddings. Sausage casserole for ds who won't eat the above ( the one day a year ill give in and cook something different) followed by baked raspberry cheesecake. Mmmm I'm getting hungry now.