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mamamibbo Mon 26-Nov-12 23:39:56

my mum keeps going on about christmas dinner and how i wont be able to manage it by myself and she will help, do i need to borrow a gravy boat?

why would i need a gravy boat, i have a pyrex jug;-)

what makes it different to the roast dinners i make my family all the time?

we dont eat turkey, it will be lamb and beef and maybe a cola gammon.

Freshbloodletticia Tue 27-Nov-12 22:14:59

Well it is just a roast dinner, but blinged up with nicer table settings. We all think turkey is tasteless and American so have had pork or goose for years and years. Nowadays I cook a large goose and a cock pheasant (for some white breast meat). It only needs 2 hours roasting. We have chestnut stuffing and sausagemeat stuffing, devils on horseback, roast spuds and panas (parsnips), sprouts and carrots. It means we don't have endless leftovers as well.
My lot will only eat xmas pud if it is home-made, i.e with lots of fruit, no nuts or peel and not black and burnt tasting. We always douse it with brandy and light it.
The best bit is sitting in the kitchen on Christmas Eve afternoon, listening to the Carol Service on Radio 4 from Kings and drinking sherry doing the prep, so that all we have to do on the day is put stuff in the oven at the right time.
My favourite is Boxing Day, when DH buggers off shooting and we have a girls' afternoon, DM, me, DDs 1&2 with a really old film, choccies and Baileys.

SrirachaGirl Tue 27-Nov-12 22:13:50

I started getting the first of the Christmas Paranoia e-mails from DM today. I was reflecting on my feelings of irritation about this while walking the dogs this afternoon and I have realized that I am sometimes purposefully blasé /lackadaisical about very important festive details (ie; Pyrex jugs instead of gravy boats) because she gets into such a tizzy about everything. And because I know it will wind her up.

I have concluded that I am a BAD PERSON.

marriedinwhite Tue 27-Nov-12 22:03:36

It's just a roast dinner. But you do need the gravy boat. Pyrex jug on the table with gravy in. Eeow.

steppemum Tue 27-Nov-12 21:24:31

well, when I say she didn't mind, she wasn't exactly overjoyed about it1

steppemum Tue 27-Nov-12 21:23:30

cozie toes
they will celebrate their 50th next year!
Bit typical of them actually, I don't really remember that mum minded, she put everything in the fridge and went and wrapped presents. The oven and fridge were on the wall that remained. The next morning she just put the turkey in the oven and it became a family legend.
To be fair they were renovating an old house and the whole houese was a thinly disguised building site, and the long term plan was to loose the wall. He went to extend the table on Christmas eve and he couldn't because there wasn't enough room, so he took the wall down so we could all sit down for lunch!!

Gumby Tue 27-Nov-12 20:16:57

One year I told my mid fifties colleagues I was cooking aunt bessies roasties

There was stunned silence!

missmalteser Tue 27-Nov-12 20:07:17

Ah no-one we have for dinner is usually that fussed on the brown meat so if that's the only difference I'll give the crown a try!

SugarplumMary Tue 27-Nov-12 16:33:14

Mine and DH grew up far apart geographically but we both have childhood memoirs of our parents always rowing about cooking Christmas dinner - plus they'd spend the whole morning ignoring us to do the arguing and the cooking.

Same parents are horrified we don’t cook a turkey – we’ve had everything else duck, goose, pork, beef, 3 bird roast, quail. We don’t really like turkey.

We also get frozen honey glazed parsnips and frozen goose fat roast potatoes and any other short cuts we see. Deserts like trifle and Christmas pudding are eaten at a cold buffet tea following my family tradition.

We spend the day enjoying TV, drinking and playing with the DC. I’m sure the DC will survive the trauma of not having a turkey. So I don't get the drama around it.

zukiecat Tue 27-Nov-12 16:16:50

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Teafairy Tue 27-Nov-12 15:44:41

I would love to do Xmas at ours, but tradition dictates we go to my Mums and it's not worth falling out over, so it'll be at theirs, on the plus mess to clean up and no fight in the supermarket for the last sprouts! smile

In fact because DH and I both have parents who have divorced and remarried we don't have to bother with food for the whole Xmas period becuase there are so many visits to make...Christmas Eve at one in-laws, having full Xmas lunch, Christmas day at my Mums, Boxing day at other in-laws and another full lunch and then the next day, long walk with most of the family and lunch at the pub. Works for us!

Maryz Tue 27-Nov-12 15:20:21

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Nancy66 Tue 27-Nov-12 15:04:49

I have to make DP 'guard' my mum otherwise she sneaks into the kitchen and turns the oven up as she thinks all meat needs to be cooked at the hottest temperature possible for at least 10 hours.

EuroShagmore Tue 27-Nov-12 15:00:09

My mum always used to get her knickers in a twist about cooking Xmas dinner. Mr Euro says it is just a roast dinner. So they have been coming to us ever since I moved in with him! It works for everyone.

FryOneFatManic Tue 27-Nov-12 14:51:27

It's a roast dinner with extras (although beef/pork roast here, no turkey).

As long as people stay out of the kitchen while I cook, they are alllowed back to clear up while I sit down afterwards..grin

Usually works fine.

HauntedLittleLunatic Tue 27-Nov-12 14:45:25

Turkey crown loads better than whole turkey. Less waste if it is a small family. I just get a boned and rolled turkey breast. Even less than a crown and so much easier to carve and there is only me and 3 dcs. Having said that we are relegated to chicken this year as I'm the only one that likes turkey and we have invited my mum. The kids are eccstatic at my dm is coming as it means they don't have to put up with turkey.

cozietoesie Tue 27-Nov-12 14:42:10

....when he knocked down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room on christmas eve......

I'm surprised they're still married! (If they are.)

steppemum Tue 27-Nov-12 14:39:40

we used to always go to my mums for christmas.
After years of christmas dinner stress, she hit on a plan
When each person arrives on christmas eve they are handed a cuo of tea/gin and tonic depending on time, then asked which job they would like.

So we arrived on christmas eve and sat around drinking, listening to carols and preparing sprouts, peeling potatoes etc.

My dad insists on making chestnut stuffing FROM SCRATCH every year. His prefered time to do this is about 9pm on christmas eve when mum wants him to be packing presents. So we end up peeling hot chestnuts and burning our hands.

Mind you there was the christmas when he knocked down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room on christmas eve.

That became the standard for last minute prep in our house.

missmalteser Tue 27-Nov-12 14:06:47

So.. Whats wrong with turkey crown? I CANNOT fit a full turkey in my new oven this year so it's either that or turkey twizzlers!

ChaoticismyLife Tue 27-Nov-12 12:48:32


dietstartsmonday Tue 27-Nov-12 12:47:11

bucks fixx???

i made a new drink up grin

dietstartsmonday Tue 27-Nov-12 12:46:46

Tis the law Chaotic. Breakfast in my house is bucks fixx at christmas ( not for the DC of course)

ChaoticismyLife Tue 27-Nov-12 12:41:39

It's sounding to me as if most of AIBU is half cut by Xmas afternoon!

I thought that was the law winkgrin

cozietoesie Tue 27-Nov-12 12:29:21

It's sounding to me as if most of AIBU is half cut by Xmas afternoon!


valiumredhead Tue 27-Nov-12 12:28:52

Mildred my mum taught me to cook a turkey or a chicken upside down for the first 40 mins, and then flip back over ( or not in your case!) so the juices run down into the breast.

dinkystinky Tue 27-Nov-12 12:24:40

DH used to say it was just a roast dinner until he was charged with making it last year -now he swears he'll never make it again (he messed up timings, killed the potatoes and murdered an unsuspecting xmas pudding - rest of it was lovely though). I think he forgot to factor in the whole opening presents part...

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