An Unreasonable Christmas Buffet

(133 Posts)
BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 12:51:09

This year I said I am not doing a turkey because I am sick of being disappointed by turkey and also am sick of all the pans/every utensil in the kitchen forming a 1/10 scale replica of K2 on the work surface every year.

DH and I said we were going to go to the local curryhouse for a curry instead. We invited MIL, my mother and my brother (who I do not like). Last week the curryhouse said they had 25 seats left, and to confirm when we knew what time for definite we would come in. When I rang back yesterday, they were full. No matter.

DH has suggested a buffet at lunchtime. I told my mum on the phone and I could hear her doing this face hmm AIBU about a christmas buffet?

saythatagain Thu 22-Nov-12 12:54:16

I think it's a tip top idea. I agree entirely about the year on year disappointing turkey; I prefer all the bits that go with it.
You could order from M&S...voila! (Quite envious actually.)

littlewhitebag Thu 22-Nov-12 12:54:22

No you are not. If she wants a full scale turkey dinner then she can cook it and deal with the aftermath! TBH i actually think a turkey dinner is probably easier than a buffet but i suppose it depends what type of buffet you are proposing to do.

Pandemoniaa Thu 22-Nov-12 12:54:54

I'm not a great one for "your house, your rules" but actually, barring cooking food that your guests will actively dislike, you should serve what you want on Christmas Day. I'm not saying there mightn't be whinging but if you make the proposed arrangements clear in advance, I can't see a problem.

A buffet doesn't have to be a horrendous Iceland Party Platter Thing either. Only we do a buffet on Boxing Day and quite honestly, it's more delicious than a traditional Christmas dinner. But easier.

squeakytoy Thu 22-Nov-12 12:55:31

Put turkey sandwiches on the buffet... smile

Whyamihere Thu 22-Nov-12 12:56:04

My favourite meal of the whole year is our Boxing day buffet, I much prefer it to the Christmas roast. I'd be there like a shot.

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 12:57:20

I was going to to some turkey/cranberry sarnies because I can just buya tiny crown and roast it the day before, some nice canapes from M&S, cheese board, pork pie, nice christmas ham, Iceland prawn ring...

shrimponastick Thu 22-Nov-12 12:58:52


A xmas buffet sounds fantastic.

I wonder if I dare try it - am potentially cooking for 14 on the day.. ??

littlewhitebag Thu 22-Nov-12 12:58:52

I am coming to yours then! Sounds lovely.

NatashaBee Thu 22-Nov-12 12:59:39

I think it sounds lovely!

ClippedPhoenix Thu 22-Nov-12 13:01:32

YANBU if that's what you want to do on the day.

I personally wouldn't attend as I love my traditional Christmas dinner.
mind you we're off to a restaurant this year though as DS with his dad

LadyMaryChristmas Thu 22-Nov-12 13:01:43

There's no law saying that you must serve turkey. I'd love curry. grin

ginmakesitallok Thu 22-Nov-12 13:03:23

Apart from the manky iceland prawn ring a buffet thing sounds fab!

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 13:04:14



Jingleflobba Thu 22-Nov-12 13:04:16

No turkey here on Christmas Day! We're having our favourite meal with Champagne for us and fizzy stuff for the DC's. Half an hour from oven to table and everyone else does the washing up.
A buffet sounds fab, maybe do a hot & cold one? We're hosting the afternoon and doing this (courtesy of Sainsburys, Aldi and Asda grin). I have no intention of spending my entire Christmas in the kitchen!
YANBU, if anyone wants the full achristmas turkey lunch let them make it!!

FellatioNelson Thu 22-Nov-12 13:05:11

There IS law saying you must have turkey! FFS what is the MATTER with you lot?

It's Christmas. You have to have turkey. I don't CARE if you don't like it - it's non-negotiable. Only a lunatic goes for a curry on Christmas Day.

ClippedPhoenix Thu 22-Nov-12 13:05:33

Nothing wrong with a prawn ring either.

Jingleflobba Thu 22-Nov-12 13:05:36

Very slow typing today, your buffet sounds perfect. Send the prawn ring round here, DH has a lead lined stomach...

FellatioNelson Thu 22-Nov-12 13:05:46

But a buffet is a perfectly fine idea.

DH is swedish and their traditional christmas meal is a buffet! Lots that you can prepare in advance, no shame about having some things bought rather than home made (some are actually nicer if bought from specialist shops).

Go for it!

LemonBreeland Thu 22-Nov-12 13:06:51

I'm doing a buffet this year too. The dc will enjoy it more and I would rather not have the stress of sitting down for a formal meal on a day when my dc just want to play with new toys.

Haven't told my Mum yet, but if she wants to come to my house she will eat what is on offer. Although I fully expect both her and my mil will offer to cook dinner as they will think it is just because I don't want the hassle of doing turkey.

FellatioNelson Thu 22-Nov-12 13:08:04

Why don't you just order some sliced roasted turkey in advance from somewhere with a decent deli counter like Waitrose, and then do your cranberry sauce etc, and you can shove some stuffing in the oven so it will be like Boxing Day cold cuts with yummy chutneys, and stuff.

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 13:08:26

I don't think that my mum is arsed about turkey. I think that she doesn't want to eat a picky dinner off her lap.


I didn't want to eat Hamwiches/baked mince for the first22 years of my life but there we are.

FellatioNelson Thu 22-Nov-12 13:09:24

PMSL baked mince sounds erm....interesting!

SusanneLinder Thu 22-Nov-12 13:09:31

I used to get M and S vouchers every year from my previous job.This paid for my Xmas dinner.being a lazy cow, I bought everything from M and S grin. I spent more time trying to look busy so my guests thought I had made some effort smile

Anyway, I love buffets. You can roast a joint or two in the oven, do some salad,pickles veg etc, and I usually buy a tray of parmienter potatoes from M and S that you shove in an oven grin

More time for wine and actually enjoying Christmas. I leave my Nigella skills to other days of entertaining, and let the shops do the work.

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 13:10:35

LOL at Fellatio really wanting me to have turkey grin

FellatioNelson Thu 22-Nov-12 13:10:41

Get her one of those Birdseye Turkey Roast Dinners in a box, and sit her up at the table all by herself. That'll learn her.

Pinkforever Thu 22-Nov-12 13:11:09

Tbh I would be a bit disappointed by a buffet on xmas day-but as your mum hasnt offered to cook then she doesnt have a leg to stand on.

I hate turkey but dh instists we have it but this year he has finally caved and we are having goose...

BeatTheClock Thu 22-Nov-12 13:14:46

'Get her one of those Birdseye Turkey Roast Dinners in a box, and sit her up at the table all by herself. That'll learn her.'gringrin

Handsfulloffun Thu 22-Nov-12 13:14:54

grin at hamwiches I used to love them.
A Buffet is a grand idea, might even do it myself now.

LadyMaryChristmas Thu 22-Nov-12 13:16:37

Naice hamwiches? wink

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 13:17:55

Snort at "naice hamwiches"

fuzzpig Thu 22-Nov-12 13:18:34

We are doing a buffet for the four of us on Xmas day.

It will include pigs in blankets (because they ARE the law) but probably no turkey as we will be having that on Xmas eve at a friend's house. Considering trying that ham-cooked-in-coke thing.

It will also include my murderously calorific cheese dip.

strawberrie Thu 22-Nov-12 13:18:50

We did it last year for the first time as our dining room had become a nursery since the previous Christmas. It was brilliant, big turkey and ham platters and lots of yummy salads, rice and potato dishes. It made it easier for other family members to chip in and the best thing was that we could graze on it all day, yum yum.

Smellslikecatspee Thu 22-Nov-12 13:20:50

Why not just order the curry Christmas Eve?

Let it cool fully and then re-heat and have on Christmas Day

All you'll need to do fresh is rice. . .

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 22-Nov-12 13:21:30

Fellatio I knew you would be here grin

It wouldn't be my choice, because I love Christmas dinner.

BUT, it sounds like a delicious meal.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 22-Nov-12 13:22:35

Smells is that not a bit depressing? A reheated curry for your Christmas dinner?

Going out to a curry house I can sort of see if you want a change from the norm, but reheated takeaway?? Bleugh.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 22-Nov-12 13:24:00

YANBU, shame about the prawn ring, or is that an euphemism?

Sparklyblue Thu 22-Nov-12 13:24:50

Have you ever thought of cooking the turkey upside down?
I have done this for the last couple of years, the juices all run to the breast while cooking, it is so succulent and flippin' delicious smile
I love curry, but I couldn't go without my turkey on Christmas day grin
(A buffet does sound lovely though)

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 22-Nov-12 13:25:09

why can't you sit at the table to eat the buffet?

LadyMaryChristmas Thu 22-Nov-12 13:25:24

Bastards. I have some hock ham in the fridge, pickles in the cupboard but no white bread! angry I'm going to hide this thread, it's making me hungry. Soup just won't cut it.

ChaoticismyLife Thu 22-Nov-12 13:29:23

I haven't had a christmas dinner in years.


Maryz Thu 22-Nov-12 13:30:43

Isn't it just a tad early to cancel Christmas?

I mean I know it's too early to think about Christmas ffs but to decide not to have it is just terrible.

Christmas involves turkey, 17 side dishes, at least three sinkfuls and two dishwasherfuls of crockery and random shite.

And feeling sick for an hour or so afterwards.

Otherwise it doesn't count.

You'll be using an artificial tree next shock

I rather like Iceland prawn rings

I quite like a roast turkey Christmas dinner .
Though your buffet sounds fine ,
However my favourite meal over Christmas is the boxing day leftovers ( cold meat , bubble and squeak , cold pigs in blankets , too much wine )
What are you going to have then ?

ToffeeCaramel Thu 22-Nov-12 13:32:59

It sounds like you do xmas lunch every year, in which case, you should do what you like. If you normally went to xmas turkey lunch at family members' homes and then wanted to go for a curry or do a buffet the one year it was your turn, i would slightly understand your mum's disappointment. What will you do for xmas tea if you are doing that too?

ethelb Thu 22-Nov-12 13:34:23

I don't see why you can't sit at the table for the buffet. And why not serve slices of ham rather than sandwiches?

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 13:39:50

Who sits at a table for a buffet? confused

Probably the same people who decant chips from the chipper onto a plate instead of eating them from the paper.

ethelb Thu 22-Nov-12 13:43:17

Sorry just missed that you do xmas every year.

I which case do what you want.

I am doing deep breaths ahead of Thanksgiving on Sunday as I told my Mum that I wasn't doing a Turkey and I also "could hear her doing this face hmm". She's getting a capon god damn it. (Despite me nodding along to her well its not Thanksgiving without Turkey, and those small ones are horrible. Of course it can only be an organic Norfolk Bronze.)

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 13:46:58

Turkey is just so much effort for so little reward.


Don't hit me, Fellatio.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 22-Nov-12 13:48:28

Bups just because you are common doesn't mean we all are. Of course chip shop chips go on a plate. <sigh>

Pandemoniaa Thu 22-Nov-12 13:50:27

People do seem to invest an unnecessary amount of emotional capital in Christmas Dinner. I can't believe anyone would refuse an invitation to a buffet. But then if they felt that precious about it, they'd almost certainly be happier left at home to work themselves into a roast turkey-shaped frenzy.

ginslinger Thu 22-Nov-12 13:53:19

I sit at a table for a buffet. I didn't know it was wrong. <adds note to etiquette book>

QueenofNightmares Thu 22-Nov-12 13:53:47

My MIL does a buffet every year courtesy of Iceland envy Manky prawn ring included plus any other nasty crap she can buy it then sits there for 3/4 days going stale and growing conciousness. Your buffet however sounds lovely.

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 13:54:09


It's pseudo middle class to empty chips onto a plate. Chipper chips are meant to be eaten from the paper. "Ay'm not eating chips from the paper, ay'm not a peasant" is all very Anthea Belvedon.

Smellslikecatspee Thu 22-Nov-12 14:00:00

Better reheated curry than prawn ring anyday

Besides everyone knows curry tastes better the next day

Maryz Thu 22-Nov-12 14:00:46

The whole point of fish and chips is to avoid the washing up, isn't it?

I have my mum well-trained. I do a traditional Christmas dinner (14 this year), but she brings the stuffed prepared turkey, all trussed up in its tin foil and roasting dish (as well as the pud) the night before. I just stick it in the oven. The kids will do the veg, dh and guests will do the washing up, and I will rush around looking busy but in fact drinking wine not doing much.

DontmindifIdo Thu 22-Nov-12 14:01:16

could you not just do a sunday roast? It doesn't need to be turkey (which you have to spend a lot of money to get it to be good), buffets while sounding less hassle, it can be a lot of little things that need to be sorted, it might end up being less hassle to just do roast lamb with bits.

But if not, just do the buffet idea, or suggest your mum hosts instead, and you'll eat whatever she makes.

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 14:01:53


I'd much rather have a buffet. As long as there were yorkshire puddings on said buffet.

zukiecat Thu 22-Nov-12 14:04:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Strawhatpirate Thu 22-Nov-12 14:05:20

Can I suggest a trip to the chinese supermaket?( Wing Yip if you have one near you) coz you can get big boxes of really nice dim sum and starter things that you just bang in the oven. They are really reasonably priced as well.

Fluffy1234 Thu 22-Nov-12 14:12:42

I've ordered a M&S Christmas dinner package for Christmas day for £100 (had it last year, really simple and yummy) and an M&S buffet selection for boxing Day, also £100. I will pick them up Christmas eve. Nice and easy for me, good quality and no waste.

DigWeedSow Thu 22-Nov-12 14:45:29

I'm doing a buffet for Christmas dinner too. What with 3 kids, 3 vegetarians, a couple of picky eaters and no room for us all to sit around a table (12 plus a high chair) it seems like the easiest option.

Planning on roasting a turkey crown, a ham, pigs in blankets, warm potato salad , lots of veggie stuff etc (and a huge cheese board). Mil is taking care of desserts, dsis getting the wine, DM the turkey and there won't be a prawn ring in sight grin

GreenyEyes Thu 22-Nov-12 15:09:46


Said With Meaning.

MaxPepsi Thu 22-Nov-12 15:11:46

If I was doing Xmas Dinner I'd be doing a hot and cold buffet. I love the idea of just dipping in when you're peckish and just generally lazing about drinking wine, watching the kids play and good naturedly arguing with my dad brothers and mum.

However I'm off to mum's and she insists on full mashings (no foul bloody turkey tho) despite me suggesting one.

Itsaboatjack Thu 22-Nov-12 15:29:38

One of our best Christmases ever was a couple of drinks at the local the onto the curry house after, then home for cheese and port and collapse on sofa.

I'd be happy if someone served up a buffet, as long as there's enough to feel suitable stuffed after.

SpookTheCat Thu 22-Nov-12 15:51:53

Ha this is what i am doing this year and if anyone doesn't like it they dont have to bloody well eat it.
I feel like i miss so much on christmas day and am running around like a headless turkey whilst everyone else gets fed and watered, then they chill out on the sofa for the afternoon DH usually goes back to bed at some stage because he's oh so worn out!! lazy fucker,doesnt lift a finger

The number of guests varies each year and We usually have family popping it at random times. So the buffet will accomodate everyone!!!

We will have our proper christmas dinner, turkey and all the trimmings during the week between Chrismas and new year, when its just the 5 of us.

ENormaSnob Thu 22-Nov-12 16:04:31

We did Christmas day buffet last year and it was fabulous.

I cannot comfortably seat 22 so this is the only option.

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 16:07:17

I don't know why I've never thought of it before tbh! It solves everything.

Blinis and champers or wizened auld turkey? Hmmmm...

thestringcheesemassacre Thu 22-Nov-12 16:09:41

Lol at the prawn ring.
M&S food is your friend.
Ham delicious.

I'm Australian and my whole life Christmas meals have been buffet style. Seafood, salads etc etc. I love the ease of it.

Dillydollydaydream Thu 22-Nov-12 16:09:58

Buffet sounds lovely. I'm not a fan of one huge dinner, of rather graze my way through the day.

ExitPursuedByMarieAntoinette Thu 22-Nov-12 16:14:56


I luff Turkey.

Cold Turkey, Turkey and Sweet Leek Pie, Turkey Drogheda ... yum, yum, yum.

Buffets are for Boxiing Day.

Bit depressed as my Dad is ordering the Turkey from some posh butcher in Scotland this year and it is only a 5 kg bird - so there won't be tonnes of left overs.

(I might buy another one just to be on the safe side)

ExitPursuedByMarieAntoinette Thu 22-Nov-12 16:15:27

Oh and thank goodness you were joking about the prawn ring.

I felt a bit queasy.

Hassled Thu 22-Nov-12 16:15:43

You're all insane, apart from Fellatio who is, as usual, right.

You've all forgotten the Christmas Act 1966, which makes the roasting and consumption of turkey on the 25th December mandatory. It's a little known law but it's a bloody good one. Eat the turkey and be grateful, dammit.

Also - everytime someone ponces about with curries and buffets, one of Santa's elves dies.

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 16:16:46

LOL at being depressed because a tiny bird has been ordered grin

DC have asked for a buffet for Christmas lunch this year. Remember the Peppa Pig cake thread (deleted) with that beige buffet? They want that. grin

kiwigirl42 Thu 22-Nov-12 16:45:43

... am I the only one who actually likes turkey then?

Scholes34 Thu 22-Nov-12 17:08:11

I don't eat turkey at any other time of the year. I love all the work on Christmas Day for the left-overs which last the rest of the week - cold cuts, curries, pies, risottos etc.

If I was offered the chance to go to someone's on Christmas Day for a buffet, I might be tempted to stay at home instead and do the cooking myself. Any other day, the buffet would be most welcome.

MardyBra Thu 22-Nov-12 17:10:28

(you are being a lazy cow)

HTH thanks

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 22-Nov-12 17:13:34

(you are being a lazy cow)

<beams with pride>

ParsleyTheLioness Thu 22-Nov-12 17:15:54

Go for it Buppy. I have NEVER done a traditional Crimbo dinner. Usually I was working, and being a veggie, meh....STBXH used to do it, the only meal in the year he did. Now I have kicked his sorry ass to the kerb he is not here, dd and I have what we want.

TiggyD Thu 22-Nov-12 17:16:55

Why Does the OP want a porn ring?

Anyway, I'd love a nice beige Iceland buffet. So many things wrapped up in puff pastry.

Don't forget toothpicks. The flavour of all food is greatly enhanced by putting it on a stick. They're also handy for children to stick in their eyes for the festive A&E visit.

Don't forget a nice selection of healthy vegetables on plates for people to ignore.

diddl Thu 22-Nov-12 17:19:36

We have goose now-after about 15yrs of having turkey & then my husband finally saying he didn´t really like turkeyhmm

I would really fancy a curry for Christmas but would love a Christmas buffet.

It´ll just be my Dad & I this year so I might look into.

TiggyD Thu 22-Nov-12 17:20:31

If you're really classy, say so top class you even have a special fork to scratch your arse with, you can get 'Princess Turkey Roll'. It's pink coloured turkey roll in the shape of a crown set within the usual 'diseased organ grey' coloured regular turkey roll.
Like I said, Class.

FellatioNelson Thu 22-Nov-12 18:04:19

Thank you Hassled. You see? Do you want to be responsible for the death of an elf? Do you Bups? Do you?

<folds arms across bosom in smug fashion>

ToffeeCaramel Thu 22-Nov-12 18:37:42

What about dinosaur turkey roll for your buffet?

Arithmeticulous Thu 22-Nov-12 19:08:05

This year I'm going to cook a chicken and tell everyone it's a turkey

Freshbloodletticia Thu 22-Nov-12 19:46:22

Lol at Enormasnob not being able to sit 22. You'd have to have a feckin big lap to do that luv...

Maryz Thu 22-Nov-12 20:01:13

There's no point in cooking a small turkey shock. It's a waste of time, because then you have to make more meals for the rest of the week. Cook a ginormous one, and then you can enjoy turkey curry, turkey risotto, cold turkey and ham, turkey sandwiches, turkey and mushroom vol-au-vonts and turkey soup.

You won't have to cook again until February.

We had a buffet one year & there is a fatal flaw in all this buffet style madness, with a trad dinner you have champagne & starters, wine and turkey/goose, pudding & pudding wine, then port & cheese, then the chocolate, coffees & Armagnac/Brandy.

Then, then & only then can the drunken arguments start.

You need the variety of alcohol that comes with a full Christmas spread to get truly wankered.

Let's be honest, what's Christmas without at least one family member dredging up some imagined slight from their teen years (I'm looking at you DSis), causing all-out war, resulting in breakout factions forming, which can then only be settled over a game of charades?

You're not thinking this through.

ToffeeCaramel Thu 22-Nov-12 21:54:15

I think "wankered" is my favourite word for getting drunk. grin

Can I come? A buffet sounds wonderful. Let everyone make the hmm face - you will be like this grin as you leisurely stuff your face with delicious buffet selections.

ToffeeCaramel Thu 22-Nov-12 21:55:11

I wonder if there are as many words for getting drunk in other languages as there are in English.

GreenEggsAndNichts Thu 22-Nov-12 22:06:44

Haven't made it past the first page but laughed at the prawn ring. grin

Buffet sounds lovely to me. Just make sure there's plenty of food so the acceptable amount of overeating can take place. smile

Tigerbomb Thu 22-Nov-12 22:16:40

Bupcakes - you are a friggin genius.

I have just mentioned this thread to my DH and said what a great idea and he is in total agreement. So now this year we are going to have an all day Christmas Buffet.

Even though you were joking about the Prawn Ring, I am going to get one in your honour grin

Thank you

Littlechangeforthis Thu 22-Nov-12 22:29:39

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you will probably find a buffet will take move cooking ad create more dishes than a full Christmas dinner.

TiggyD Thu 22-Nov-12 23:32:01

I really like prawns.

I can't turn down a winkle.

I love nice big muscles.

Whelks are growing on me.

I eye crab-sticks warily.

ExitPursuedByMarieAntoinette Thu 22-Nov-12 23:39:20

What Little said. And a good buffet needs something with either chicken or turkey in a fruity mayonnaise, which will need cooking beforehand, so it might as well be a Christmas dinner.

The inuits have about 30 words for snow don't they?

We need to start a thread on how many words for drunk there are in the English language.

mumeeee Thu 22-Nov-12 23:40:47

Smellslikecatspee we used to do that when our kisd were small and they loved it. Now they are grown up we go out for Christmas Dinner. Well we do most years any way. I have also been known to cook a Christmas dinner and so has DH. OP YANBU we have a buffet at our Christmas big family party and it's much easier for everyone.

DowagersHump Thu 22-Nov-12 23:45:11

Can I just say that I recently ate an Iceland prawn ring. Without the marie rose sauce, I could have been eating defrosted bonefree fingers.

Don't do it - even for the kitsch value. It's £2.99 which you could spend on pigs in blankets

Maryz Thu 22-Nov-12 23:49:49

I am going to Iceland next week. I simply have to.

I have only just discovered there is on in Ireland shock. I might even discover what Greggs is/are.

And I'm going to buy a prawn ring, and make Marie Rose Sauce by mixing up Heinz tomato ketchup with Hellmans Mayonnaise, with a hint of lemon juice [sophisticated]

TiggyD Thu 22-Nov-12 23:50:00

"The inuits have about 30 words for snow don't they?

We need to start a thread on how many words for drunk there are in the English language. "

I seem to remember reading somewhere that it has THE most phrases that mean it in the English language.
(And they don't have 30 words for snow. Stephen Fry say so.)

Maryz Thu 22-Nov-12 23:52:17


for starters.

ifancyashandy Thu 22-Nov-12 23:53:50


TiggyD Thu 22-Nov-12 23:55:12

3 sheets to the wind.
Brahms and Liszt.

Maryz Thu 22-Nov-12 23:57:03


I'm Irish. We have even more words than you do grin

Rowanhart Fri 23-Nov-12 00:04:10
MissCellania Fri 23-Nov-12 01:03:33

I really really want to know what Turkey Drogheda is.

Maryz sorry to disappoint but the Iceland in the Ilac (the only one that reopened I think, there used to be 5 or 6 of them) doesn't have Greggs stuff in it. Does have prawn rings though ;)

Sheepasaurus Fri 23-Nov-12 01:25:49

I am loving the curry idea. If I ever host Christmas I shall do this or a veggie buffet.

KermitRuffinsTrumpet Fri 23-Nov-12 03:32:40

We never have turkey why would you?

We've had goose, duck, beef, pork and this year we are having lamb. I always do a gammon and make my own sausages and a pate too. We eat off the cold cuts well into January and that buffet style plate with chutney, piccalilly, a fat sausage and pate, all homemade plus select cheeses is one of our favourite meals.

smile can't wait!!

FellatioNelson Fri 23-Nov-12 03:39:47

Sheep don't take this personally or anything but I think your Christmas Veggie Buffet might just turn out to be the loneliest party in the world.

Still. At least you won't need to get the camping chairs out of the garage to seat all those extra people who won't come.

FellatioNelson Fri 23-Nov-12 03:40:33

Sheep don't take this personally or anything but I think your Christmas Veggie Buffet might just turn out to be the loneliest party in the world.

Still. At least you won't need to get the camping chairs out of the garage to seat all those extra people who won't come.

FellatioNelson Fri 23-Nov-12 03:41:00

whoops. The mere thought sent me mad for a moment. confused

CheerfulYank Fri 23-Nov-12 03:51:32

I think YANBU because of course what one has on Christmas is ham with roasted 'taters. But then I am American and turkey and mash is for Thanksgiving. grin

FellatioNelson Fri 23-Nov-12 03:57:31

Do you not do the full turkey dinner twice then? I'm so disappointed. I alway thought you did. sad

CheerfulYank Fri 23-Nov-12 04:02:51

No, not in my part of the States. They are each as much work as the other though, whether it's turkey or ham, because of the numerous side dishes. Plus I do a big Christmas Eve brunch as well.

Horopu Fri 23-Nov-12 04:09:44

I am feeling very guilty now. I have not had a turkey in 3 years and when
I go to visit my family in January they my 77 yr old diabetic mother with glaucoma are going to do me a whole Christmas dinner none of them really like turkey Last year we were camping (in NZ) which was my favourite Christmas ever, BBQ steaks and strawberries for pudding.

I am not a good woman am I? If any of my family were on MN there would be a thread about me. To be fair my mum is very excited about cooking Brussel sprouts for my DS3

Coralanne Fri 23-Nov-12 04:38:30

We have never had turkey at Christmas. Ham, chicken, roast pork,every kind of veg. imaginable, seafood, salad, plum pudding, chcristmas cake, brfandy custard.

We start about 11 am and keep going until night time grin

Coralanne Fri 23-Nov-12 04:45:03

Forgot the fruit salad

Moln Fri 23-Nov-12 05:14:10


Elf Killers, there's not much meat in goose you know <wise>

As a none elf murdering alternative there's always a capon, he's your man (well sort of), it's big and it looks like a turkey so tricks the death vibes.

But go ahead with your illegal buffet, porn ring and extermination antics.


KermitRuffinsTrumpet Fri 23-Nov-12 05:36:26

But goose is so tasty. We still got loads of meals out of it and had to break it ip to get in into my soup kettle when it was picked clean.

It tasted like if beef was poultry. Hmmm, beefy poultry.

Oh and we make a black pudding and cranberry stuffing. Slurpola.

Sheepasaurus Fri 23-Nov-12 18:20:29

Ah well fellatio, more onion bhajis for me :-)

drummerswife Fri 23-Nov-12 18:33:31

last year we had brunch on christmas day and did a buffet in the evening when we had family was rushing about in and out of the kitchen,no trying to keep food hot,very little preperation.would have done it again this year but going to mil's.

whois Fri 23-Nov-12 19:11:03

We always have a buffet on boxing day at one of my relations. She does an AMAZING spread and it is quite famous and much looked forward to in my family. Lots of nice salads including lentils and potato kind of hearty salads. Smoked salmon. Cold roast beef. Maybe a poached salmon. Breads. Nibbles. Just loads of lovely lovely food.

Smellslikecatspee Fri 23-Nov-12 22:39:37

Lets be honest turkey is grot really unless you add cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, tomato,garam masala, turmeric, paprika etc.


maddening Fri 23-Nov-12 23:09:05

my parents had a bbq one Christmas - we ate indoors :-)

AudrinaAdare Fri 23-Nov-12 23:35:42

My mate in America told me that her SIL got her all fired up about the turkey in brine in a bucket (Nigella?) so she did it for Thanksgiving. Rang her up to ask what to do next and she told her to leave it outside overnight.

SIL lived in the North and mate lives in Florida where it was 70 degrees at night and she was afeard it would kill her family and guests. I think she ended up throwing it out because it woudn't fit in the fridge but there was talk of regularly dousing it with ice all night.

Anyway, fuck that. Turkey is horrible. We have chicken with bacon and honey and rosemary and oranges and lemons. And this year it's not even going to be a real chicken, just a joint from M&S. Your buffet is NBU.

FellatioNelson Sat 24-Nov-12 03:45:34

shock First of all you reject the glorious and entirely correct turkey if vaour of a chicken, and then you can't even be arsed to have a real chicken? WTF is a chicken joint? <faints>

I do not belong on this thread.

FellatioNelson Sat 24-Nov-12 03:45:57

in favour

Lavenderhoney Sat 24-Nov-12 04:24:01

tbh, it's a running buffet Christmas day anyway as dc and dh pick at all the nibbles from the minute they get up til bedtime. I have no idea how they eat a big lunch in the middle of it, plus all the chocolates. We don't have prawn rings thoughsmile

I was in a country pub once and a young man was slumped against the wall. I asked the barman if he was ok , and he said ' he got cast earlier during happy hour and he'll get up when he's ready' apparently cast is when horses can't get up.

Living in Australia, I should point out that Christmas Feast is cooked on the 24th, and eaten cold on Christmas day.
You Must Have
Leg of Ham (naice)
A roo-tail
Snags, steak, chops etcetcetc
Huge bowls of random salads
Even bigger bowls of prawns with vinegar

Assorted dips, chips, nuts, sausage rolls, dim sims, party pies, spring rolls, nuggets and chocolate.

More booze than one can shake an Englishman, Irishman, Russian or a german at.

It should start at around 8 am and finish at about midnight.

You're all doing it wrong.

Merlotmonster Sat 24-Nov-12 08:55:09

Roo-tail!!!!hilarious...where can I get one of those

Merlot- you get in your car, inform your grandparent you're on your way, ten hours later you get out of the car, stretch, hop in the ute with a shotgun and see what you can find on 10 000 acres of land.

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