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I want to know your Christmas food must haves

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worrierandwine Tue 05-Dec-17 17:37:49

Just as the title says really. I'm a loyal Aldi shopper as I like to get in and get out wink but I fear I am missing out on Christmas food essentials at other supermarkets so please if you have any food items you HAVE to buy at Christmas please tell me. I'm planning beef for the big day as I'm fed up of cooking a whole turkey just for it to fester in the fridge for a week only to be eventually thrown away!

Pasithea Tue 05-Dec-17 17:39:59

Waitrose chocolate trifle.

AtleastitsnotMonday Tue 05-Dec-17 17:51:48

Cornichons (not fussed where they come from!)
Elizabeth Shaw mint crisps
M&S maple bacon tortilla rolls
Asda Christmas tree crumpets

worrierandwine Thu 07-Dec-17 05:39:01

What are cornichons? I've heard of them but not sure I've ever seen them.

worrierandwine Thu 07-Dec-17 05:39:45

These all sound delicious BTW so thank you

StilettosAreANoNo Thu 07-Dec-17 05:53:33

Lidl do jars of cornichons and one is sweeter pickled with honey. I just scoff them all as soon as the jar is open blush

M&S Clementine and cranberry Buck’s Fizz to have with Christmas Day breakfast.

As you’re already going to Aldi, their champagne Christmas pudding was outstanding last year imho.

StilettosAreANoNo Thu 07-Dec-17 05:54:49

Oh, cornichons are sweet little baby gherkin type pickles. Very crunchy smile

AlexDrake1981 Thu 07-Dec-17 05:57:49

Florentines. And the ones from Aldi are amazing!

TheDuchessofDukeStreet Thu 07-Dec-17 06:29:02

As well as usual roast, we are having beef.
Large sweet navel oranges
Granny Smith apples
White Stilton
Marks and Spencer's extremely chocolatey caramels
Salt and vinegar chiplets also Marks
Jar of silver skin onions and red cabbage for the cold meats
Naice ham
Good bread
DP likes pringles
Apart from the above, no chocs or biscuits for the house as I receive a big box of one or the other from work.
Orange juice, lemonade, prossecco.

PeasAndHarmony Thu 07-Dec-17 06:37:29

Aldi 'exquisite ' mince pies in the turquoise box are outstanding. Mince pies with a frangipane topping. I may have already eaten the box already!

Also Aldi chilli flavoured almonds in a tin.

mumonashoestring Thu 07-Dec-17 06:44:40

Glazed baked ham
Pickles (various including onions and gherkins)
A good variety of cheeses
Those little savoury niblet things that come in divided packages (can't remember their proper name grin )
A variety box of chocs - M&S or Sainsburys

And enough of the following to have leftovers:
Roast potatoes
Red cabbage
Bread sauce

SottoVoc3 Thu 07-Dec-17 06:55:07

Bread sauce and brandy cream.
M&S do nice ones but they are both best home made.
For the bread sauce, stud an onion with cloves and simmer in milk before adding breadcrumbs, touch of nutmeg.
Brandy cream- add dessertspoon of icing sugar to your whipped cream then gradually pour in as much brandy as it will take. At least 3 times more than the supermarkets do.

StilettosAreANoNo Thu 07-Dec-17 08:43:10

Hey nice tip about the brandy cream SottoVoc thanks smile

SottoVoc3 Fri 08-Dec-17 07:13:44

Stilettos it's my best recipe grin

Consideredintrusion Fri 08-Dec-17 07:22:36

Only M&S roast potato sprinkles. They make Xmas roasties different to any other time of year roasties. Everything else is changeable.

worrierandwine Sat 09-Dec-17 18:11:44

Apologies for my tardiness in replying to all your lovely suggestions. Do Mumsnet do alerts? Because nowadays unless someone reminds me I forget as kids have fried my brain.
I LOVE gherkins so these cornichons sound bloody brill, I did look out for them today but couldn't see them. Usual gherkins are above freezers...are cornichons in same place?
I ALMOST bought those fancy mince pies in the blue box so many times last year but never did so this year I'm treating myself for deffo!
Thanks for bread sauce recipe, sounds delicious.
Also, looking forward to the M&S Buck's Fizz on Christmas morninggrin

worrierandwine Sat 09-Dec-17 18:13:02

Sottovoc That's my kind of brandy cream wink

annabel89 Tue 12-Dec-17 00:37:02

Red cabbage (store bought or homemade). Buck's Fizz and croissants, Costco are the best. Smoked salmon starter. Baileys!

ElspethFlashman Tue 12-Dec-17 00:42:07

Bailey's flavoured double cream. They have a caramel flavoured one out this year, I notice. I'm going to get one of each!

Janetjanetjanet Tue 12-Dec-17 00:43:55

Well this is all very interesting.

I was going to say plain old After 8's!

Alwaysinmyheart Tue 12-Dec-17 00:44:12

Aldi Lebkuchen are yummy!

ElspethFlashman Tue 12-Dec-17 00:47:51

Oh and on the subject of Aldi mince pies, they are also doing chocolate orange ones this year!!! DH has torn through two boxes so far.

worrierandwine Tue 12-Dec-17 15:22:44

A mince pie hasn't passed my lips yet this year... I'm actually a little sad about that sad will try the ones in the posh blue box AND the chocolate orange ones.
I always do gammon Christmas Eve for when we come back from the pub and we always have Fizz on Christmas morning while present openinggrin

canihaveacoffeeplease Thu 14-Dec-17 09:23:15

Aldi’s specially selected panettone in the green/cream tin is absolutely amazing. By far the best I’ve had over the last few years, and has quickly become a Christmas staple in our house!

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