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Whathashappenedtomyboobs Wed 28-Nov-12 17:55:17

So, this Christmas I have 11 family members (including DH, DS and I) coming to my home for Christmas dinner.
I really don't want to spend ALL of my time in the kitchen sweating over a hot stove, so today I went out and brought frozen Roast potatoes, parsnips, mixed veg, yorkshire pudding and peas. Nothing fresh in this house apart from the turkey I'm picking up Christmas eve and the puddings my mum will be making.

SoleSource Wed 28-Nov-12 17:57:44

Up to you. I couldn't do that. That's me. I couldn't cook for eleven without major prep the day/night before.

Totally up to you, you are cooking for 11 after all.

But I wouldn't do it.

And I'd be able to tell as a guest.
Frozen roasties are utterly rank.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Wed 28-Nov-12 18:00:22

I've got 11 for Christmas too, doesn't take long to peel potatoes or prep veg, so I wouldn't buy all frozen.

I think frozen Yorkshires and frozen roast potatoes are pretty vile. If you said you'd cooked them properly this weekend and frozen them into oven dish things I'd be more sympathetic.

OTOH, I cooked for a similar number last year and it took hours and hours, so YANBU to seek out an easier way.

bradywasmyfavouriteking Wed 28-Nov-12 18:00:57

yep its up to you.

We wouldn't. but to be fair dh does our christmas dinner. He manages to feed 13 and still spend most of christmas day with us.

We peel sprouts while drinking wine, when the kids are in bed christmas eve. smile

DragonMamma Wed 28-Nov-12 18:01:22

Prep the night before.

I'd be gutted to have frozen veg on Xmas day, it's awful stuff (peas being the only exception and yorkies for a midweek roast)

ClippedPhoenix Wed 28-Nov-12 18:04:16

Can't your DH help with the prep? Anything frozen to do with roast dinners is shite.

freddiefrog Wed 28-Nov-12 18:04:37

DH and I always prep the night before. We share a bottle of Baileys and peel everything while we're waiting for kids to fall asleep so we can do the Father Christmas run.

I'd buy frozen Yorkshire puddings. Mine are shit so Aunt Bessie is a major improvement, but frozen roasties are horrible IMO

BlueberryHill Wed 28-Nov-12 18:06:12

Aunt Bessies frozen Yorkshires are great, but I hate making them and love eating them. Everything else I would do fresh, I do the prep the night before whilst drinking wine.

I like frozen yorkshires. If it's the easiest thing for you then do it! I'm fully planning on cutting as many corners as possible.

thebody Wed 28-Nov-12 18:06:23

Why don't you and dh drink copious amounts if wine on Xmas eve and peel away.?

Why did you ask 11 to dinner if you don't want to cook it?

Get dh to help you, next year eat out or don't invite.

Frozen stuff is horrible.

MammaTJ Wed 28-Nov-12 18:06:30

I have cooked a roast for 12 from scratch and it was not too hard with prep done the day before. Yuck to frozen roasts potatoes.

BlueberryHill Wed 28-Nov-12 18:06:42

x post freddie

MrsMushroom Wed 28-Nov-12 18:09:54

Yabu. Peel the veggies the night before and leave in cold water. Then turn them on to par boil before roasting. That's not spending all your time in the kitchen!

EuroShagmore Wed 28-Nov-12 18:12:25

I like frozen yorkshires but I wouldn't serve the other frozen stuff to guests. Just rope in some help with potato peeling and veg prep.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Wed 28-Nov-12 18:12:43

Doing M&S cook by numbers here, but it will be fresh, collected on Xmas eve.

We want to spend time with Ds playing with Lego and eating choc, not sweating in the kitchen. Fully understand that OP, if you are ok with it, go for it. Veg and yorkies should be ok.

But fresh roasties are much nicer .....

Sirzy Wed 28-Nov-12 18:13:19

frozen yorkshire puddings are horrible, they taste nothing like proper home made.

Personally I would rather prep everything the night before and get all the adults (or children old enough to do something) to help. Personally I would be disappointed to have a frozen christmas dinner (although I wouldn't say anything obviously)

Crikeyblimey Wed 28-Nov-12 18:14:17

When we do the whole family Christmas thing (18+) we all do a bit, so one person isn't left with the work and food bill. Someone provides starters, someone does meat, someone veg, someone pud and someone else the cheese and crackers. Works out just fine but then we all live fairly close so veg etc. can be transported and either kept warm or finished off in the host oven.
I know this doesn't answer your question but I thought I'd share anyway!

Sirzy Wed 28-Nov-12 18:14:53

I even cook the turkey on Christmas eve (mainly to leave room for the ham but if your short of time on Christmas day it helps anyway!)

madlibscientist Wed 28-Nov-12 18:17:02

I did a huge feast at the weekend for 19 to celebrate American Thanksgiving...I don't blame you for wanting to make it easy; I work 2 jobs, so really had to juggle, but I would not have invited all those people if I weren't going to do it properly. It was AMAZING!!! And I did lots of prep beforehand, so wasn't stuck in the kitchen when guests arrived...

grovel Wed 28-Nov-12 18:17:54

I'd only question the spuds.

MrsCampbellBlack Wed 28-Nov-12 18:18:39

Well christmas lunch for 11 is quite a bit of work but you can do an awful lot before.

I would find what you've bought pretty awful to be honest.

I wouldn't do it personally. Some shortcuts are fine to take, but frozen mixed veg for Christmas dinner? Bleurgh. I'd be really disappointed if that was served to me, I'd rather te hosts had told me they were struggling so I could help out by bringing and preparing the veg.

Get some baby carrots that don't need peeling, chop up some broccoli. Will be so much nicer. The Yorkshires are fine and the parsnips might be passable if you roast them with honey.

YANBU- times too precious to waste in the kitchen, ffs.

it wouldn't bother me as a guest, either.

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