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To consider not cooking the full works for Christmas Day?

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SouthernNorthernGirl Thu 10-Nov-16 23:41:36

I love a Christmas dinner, I'm just not sure I want to do it this year.
I'm thinking about putting out delicious food, buffet style. Pigs in blanket, Yorkshire pudding with smoked mackerel pate, cheese board, nuts, twiglet's, matchmakers etc etc, and being done with it.
DH is horrified at this hmm

Maverickismywingman Thu 10-Nov-16 23:42:27

Definitely not BU

if DH wants to cook it though .....

user1477282676 Thu 10-Nov-16 23:42:35

Why doesn't he cook it then?

wobblywonderwoman Thu 10-Nov-16 23:43:52

Totally up to dh....

lastqueenofscotland Thu 10-Nov-16 23:45:44

Leave DH to cook it

AnnaForbes Thu 10-Nov-16 23:46:14

I tried that once. I cooked a traditional Xmas dinner on the 24th assuming noone would miss it in the 25th because they would all be stuffed full of quality Street. I was sadly mistaken and everyone felt cheated, I'm angling for a pub lunch on Xmas day this year but meeting much resistance. My family love a traditional Xmas dinner it seems. Pity I'm the only one who can actually cook it. hmm

QueenMortificado Thu 10-Nov-16 23:46:33

Nothing wrong with buffet items at all but those things don't go together. Sounds more like something drunk students would eat at the end of term when they've run out of money.

It would be a very sad Christmas to have a Yorkshire pudding filled with mackerel pate and topped with twiglets!

Tangfastics Thu 10-Nov-16 23:48:07

God no. Go out instead.

littlesallyracket Thu 10-Nov-16 23:48:12

If you're the one preparing the meal, you're the one who chooses what that that meal is. If your husband is 'horrified' then tell him either to cook it himself.

Is it just you, the husband and kids or will there be guests? If it's just you two and the kids is it possible you could stretch to going out for Christmas lunch, as a compromise, so you can have all the trimmings without you having to bust your butt cooking it all? (I do completely understand if the extortionate Christmas day prices put you off though - I've never eaten out on Christmas Day but I regularly find myself gasping at the prices when I see menus advertised.)

WorraLiberty Thu 10-Nov-16 23:48:13

We have that sort of buffet on Christmas Eve.

We both love Christmas dinner and DH is happy to cook it. If he wasn't, then I'd cook it.

Can he not manage or could you do it together?

JellyBelli Thu 10-Nov-16 23:49:10

We do that on Xmas Eve and Boxing Day. On Xmas day we have a roast and all the trimmings.
Sort out now how much spud bashing and washing up DP will do. Work out a timetable like you do for a cooking exam; it might make him realise how much work it takes.

Costacoffeeplease Thu 10-Nov-16 23:49:37

I was wondering about the Yorkshire puddings with smoked mackerel pate too - is that a delicacy somewhere?

I don't think I'd be keen op

AndNowItsSeven Thu 10-Nov-16 23:50:31

Yabu sounds awful tbh.

Graphista Thu 10-Nov-16 23:52:32

Do a cheats version? Ready made everything?

However yes if husband complaining he can do it!

SouthernNorthernGirl Thu 10-Nov-16 23:52:52

Just us and the DC. grin at drunk students. I actually meant smoked trout, and it a JO recipe. They are just examples anyway.

littlesally If we could afford it, I still probably wouldn't. Totally agree with you re prices. It's extortionate!

SouthernNorthernGirl Thu 10-Nov-16 23:58:32

Yorkshire & Pate

QueenMortificado Fri 11-Nov-16 00:09:10

Oh no. No no no. No no no no no no no no no. That yorkie and fish recipe is wrong. Very wrong. Please please step away. That is very very bad.

SouthernNorthernGirl Fri 11-Nov-16 00:12:29

Fair enough, reading my OP back it doesn't even come across how I meant it.
Everything would be HM, and I would have put sliced meats, pickles, breads out too. More to graze on throughout the day really.

I see I'm BU though, and will be doing my usual dinner now.

QueenMortificado Fri 11-Nov-16 00:16:25

I don't think it either needs to be full Christmas dinner or weird meze board of cashew shells, one mouldy orange and half a fish pie defrosted ( ;) ), could you do quiche / lasagne / mozzarella, Parma ham, breads, olives etc etc etc / Thai salad - ie something in the middle of full roast and snacky board?

SouthernNorthernGirl Fri 11-Nov-16 00:20:44

I normally do the whole works. plan, prep it all, timetable it etc.
Just wondered about changing it up due to the DC and making it more relaxed.
Am open to ideas, though can just as happily do the turkey.

bumsexatthebingo Fri 11-Nov-16 00:33:32

By the tie you've home made a load of snacks you might as well just do the dinner!

bumsexatthebingo Fri 11-Nov-16 00:33:54

*time, obviously!

AndNowItsSeven Fri 11-Nov-16 00:44:40

Do the dinner and save the buffet for Boxing Day.

shadowfax07 Fri 11-Nov-16 00:44:46

Please step away from the Yorkshire pudding and fish idea, and get yourself to M&S to order what you need. DH can pay, if he's that horrified about not having a Christmas dinner.

Shit, I've just realised I sound like Margot Leadbetter... confused

oldlaundbooth Fri 11-Nov-16 00:45:49

We are thinking of having a Potluck this year actually, sod all that turkey shenanigans...

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