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An Unreasonable Christmas Buffet

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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

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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.

surroundedbyblondes Thu 22-Nov-12 13:05:58

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.

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