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Wherethereshope Fri 18-Dec-20 22:34:55

Looking for inspiration for Christmas eve, do you have any traditions?

Preferably something simple! Or prep ahead

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Tiredmum100 Fri 18-Dec-20 22:37:04

We usually have gammon, chips and salad!

Palavah Fri 18-Dec-20 22:39:20

Gammon
Salmon wellington
Baked mackerel

Fish is popular in northern europe/scandi and seems right for christmas eve.

Pipandmum Fri 18-Dec-20 22:41:02

Takeaway app on phone!
Or just nibbles and bits - no desire to cook at all before the big day.

weegiemum Fri 18-Dec-20 22:44:58

We always do a nice meal on Christmas Eve as dh's family is German and they always kept that tradition. We now do presents on Christmas Day but have kept the meal.

Usually we have either steak or venison. This year we are having venison slow cooked in red wine and juniper berries, with rosemary potatoes, red cabbage, tenderstem broccoli and asparagus wrapped in Parma ham. To start is smoked salmon on pumpernickels and pudding is my mil's homemade pavlova.

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 18-Dec-20 22:46:49

When Dd was still at home we had a buffet, the more beige food the better 😋

SuePreem Fri 18-Dec-20 22:49:59

Yes we always have fish. I'm cooking a Jamie Oliver fantastic fish pie. Plus Nigella's clementine cake and then maybe mulled wine in the evening.

CrackersDontMatter Fri 18-Dec-20 22:53:27

We usually have mussels in either a white wine or cider sauce with loads of crusty bread.

Inextremis Fri 18-Dec-20 22:57:33

I always do kedgeree - this year with smoked cod and prawns.

RaininSummer Fri 18-Dec-20 23:16:47

Nachos or chilli. Or nachos and chilli.

Wherethereshope Sat 19-Dec-20 04:09:15

Lovely ideas, Thank you. It's making me feel hungry!

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Frenchdressing Sat 19-Dec-20 04:11:23

We have buffet food. Salads, nice bread, cheese, hummus, cold meats etc.

MilkRunningOutAgain Sat 19-Dec-20 19:00:34

We have hot ham sandwiches with the best crusty loaf I can find. I cook Christmas Day so keep it simple Christmas Eve.

Spittingchestnuts Sat 19-Dec-20 19:08:29

We're RC and do the (sort of) fast before feast thing.

Christmas Eve last year was kedgeree (we were hosting).

This year's (just us) it's a proper home-made minestrone with good bread, small cheese board and fruit platter.

In the past it's been crumpets and Marmite.

Smoked mackerel with chicory, walnut and watercress salad.

Smoked salmon on home made blinis/ potato pancakes etc.

Wrenna Sat 19-Dec-20 20:35:53

Ds and dh always wanted deep fried bits, but last year I had violent heartburn from it and I told them this year it was either stuffed shells or cheese fondue. So we’re doing cheese fondue with rosemary bread, Bosc pears, steamed haricots and apples with sticky toffee pudding for afters.

Sillybilly35 Sat 19-Dec-20 20:42:45

Roast pork sarnies with apple sauce and stuffing. Last year we had a takeaway and years before that we always had curry or buffet.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 19-Dec-20 20:42:52

A cheese-fest here, plus veggie sausage rolls and a bit of salad to avoid scurvy. Mince pies and Yule log for pud.

SpamIAm Sat 19-Dec-20 21:15:36

We're having party food followed by Yule log 👌

ShrimpSymphonyofSeasonalSongs Sat 19-Dec-20 21:17:59

We always get a Chinese

dementedma Sat 19-Dec-20 21:43:59

Sharing platters of cold meats, cheeses, fruit, olives, crusty bread, dips etc

MirandaMarple Sat 19-Dec-20 22:00:25

Tradition is my Husband cooks whilst I watch Carols at Kings shouting instructions at him.

He's making spiced chicken livers on sourdough toast and monkfish wrapped in Parma ham.

CityDweller Sun 20-Dec-20 12:48:19

Roast gammon, macaroni cheese and various veg. Pleases everyone from the 5 yo yo the grown ups.

Poppins17 Tue 22-Dec-20 06:21:15

We always have hot pork sandwiches and over the years have added more bits with it, like hot sausage rolls and mini glazed sausages.

foodiemama26 Tue 22-Dec-20 07:14:32

It’s picky tea here! Some beige food (chicken, prawns, etc) and some nice homemade bits....all made ahead and presented on a big platter with nice bread and dips. A couple of my nice bits this year are Jamies’s smoked salmon pate, christmas dinner sausage rolls and retro mushroom vol au vonts! I’m most excited about the vol au vonts inspired by my grandma’s from the 80s which were filled dollop of condensed mushroom!

elizabethdraper Tue 22-Dec-20 07:18:47

Make at home kit from the local pizzeria

Christmas eve is mental. Visiting graves, food prep, dropping of presents etc, visiting grandparents and we big cousins breakfast

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