Christmas Food List(6 Posts)
Just started writing The Food List and wondered - What's on yours? Trying to be prepared and organised this year.
Prawns, smoked salmon, wheaten, roast and trimmings, bacon, have to decide on a second pudding, cheese biscuits, snacky stuff for boxing day. Melon and mozzarella balls. Lettuce. DP gets a hamper from work so we get stuff from that.
It helps a lot if you can divide your list into perishable and non-perishable foods. The non-perishable you can buy at any time, and buy the perishable close to Christmas. Also plan what you are going to eat and for how many people to give you an idea of quantities. Decide what you can make in advance and freeze.
I have a basic list which I use year after year for things like chocolates for after dinner, tree decs, Quality Street; crisps and nuts, dried fruit like dates, cranberries and raisins to nibble; vac packed chestnuts for the stuffing; tinned fruit, custard powder and madeira cake for the trifle; biscuits sweet and for cheese, drinks soft and alcoholic etc. The fresh stuff is fruit, veg, meat, cheeses, cream and so on. Get extra milk and fruit juice.
Make another list alongside the non perishables for food/cooking related stuff like washup liquid/dishwasher tabs, laundry detergent, stain remover for spills on upholstery and carpets, foil, clingfilm, baking parchment, kitchen rolls, paper napkins, crackers.
I know someone who has Tayto crisps on her Christmas Eve list, as she always forgets them and wants a packet at that stage for herself...
We're having to come up with two lists! Since we met, we've 'rotated' between the family (3 sets of parents between us), except for the year we got married
and you wouldn't believe the hassle from my family for doing that.
This year (as per every 3yrs), we drive 4hrs to my Dad's on Christmas Eve, then DH will cook a full Christmas dinner on Christmas Day (long story, for various reasons I can't cook the meal). Thing is, the food will be my Dad's choice, not ours. Basic staples are: turkey crown (DH is not trying to stuff a turkey in that oven again!), veg, cranberry jelly, Christmas pud and clotted cream. Then Boxing Day, we'll drive home after lunch. The other years, my lovely in-laws do all cooking.
Next year, we've insisted on staying home for Christmas
and the emotional blackmail/hurt looks have started already. I'd like to say basics might be the same, but we'll have quite a few 'extras' like pigs in blankets, stuffing, bread sauce, gravy, pud alternative, lots of cheese (love my cheese), but DH has already begged suggested booking a Christmas meal out somewhere, so he can actually enjoy himself without cooking. It is nice to be with the family at Christmas, but it will be lovely not to have to drive 3hrs+ each way and follow someone else's plan for the day (inc what to eat). I think we'll going to suggesting we have every 4th year at home.
Croissants, bacon and Buck's Fizz for Christmas morning
Nibbles for during the day
Turkey, gammon & beef, roast veg including potatoes, Brussels, bread sauce, gravy etc
Chocolates, sweets and cake for afters
Cheese and biscuits
Lots of alcohol.
We then live off of cold cuts and pickles, bubble n squeak, omlette etc
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