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Christmas Dinner
Sat 5-Nov-11
5:42 pm
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brightspark
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Initial thoughts are:

Starter:

Warming soup OR pate with a pretty bit of salad

Main:

Chicken breasts - has to be oven-cooked, and then I found this recipe which I thought would be very easy, attractive and with cranberry sauce, too.

Desserts (any/some of these):

Christmas pudding (my own 3-year-old puds)

Individual tiramisu - see here

Berry meringue - very pretty

Lemon cheesecake

 

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Sat 5-Nov-11
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The chicken looks a lot better than a roast turkey or other large bird.  I'd love the berry meringues, I do like fresh fruit for dessert. If everyone does just two dishes it should make for a jolly get together and not too much work.  Sounds like fun.

I'll try that again!

Tue 15-Nov-11
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Val, I think you have the right idea. The mains can be relatively simple (but tasty) and what gives the banquet oomph! may be a goodly number of some colourful sides. A bit like an Indian meal.

Many years ago at Easter, we hosted a similar number of guests in our tiny kitchen by adding a "pasting table" to elongate our circular kitchen table. The centrepiece of lunch was a whole salmon, cooked by our main guest and delivered to us.That gave us time and space to prep loads of sides, some salad based but others pre-cooked and colourful. Like Fiona's gorgeous polenta bake with veggies. Roasted peppers etc. would look exciting and be very tasty too, either hot or cold.

Good luck, and do please let is know the final menu plan and how it all turned out on the day.

This year for Christmas lunch, mum in law has finally accepted the notion of a £25 great joint of roast beef rather than a £50 goose. Joy!!! brightsparklystuff

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Tue 15-Nov-11
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Danny, we did something similar when we had all the French students staying with us. We added the garden table and chairs to the end of the big kitchen table, and seated 12 all round. It worked a treat.

Just like the above possible meal, we had an assortment of desserts to try to cater for all requirements, but strangely, the 14-year-olds, mainly, chose the fruit with meringue, and not the brownies with chocolate sauce.

Must be a French thing!! big_laugh

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Val, the chicken looks lovely, we'll be having goose again if I get my way, but we've not really discussed it yet, so far we've turned down offers from Mike's ex (who I had to cater for last year with her otherhalf and his mum!!) - we like a quiet time on our own - but rarely get one. We do lots of visiting and inviting before and after but it's nice just to have a day for ourselves - is that rather selfish?what_the_heck

Wed 16-Nov-11
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Not at all, Jan - you do plenty for others - take time for yourself, you've earned it. Big time.

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I agree with Val, you do so much for other people through the year, you need time for yourself.

I'll try that again!

Wed 16-Nov-11
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we are also having a day to ourselves. I will cook a proper dinner for us complete with pud etc and we will have a bottle of wine then apart from sorting the animals will slob all day. the only day we do not do much in the year.

Trying to enjoy life as it is

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Wed 16-Nov-11
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This year we too will be just the three of us, OH's Sarah has requested a 'proper Christmas, with a tree, presents and dinner'.  Poor love she always ends up going to her Mother on Christmas day and D and I usually go to a neighbour who insists on having us there to eat with them.

Not sure about the presents - we don't usually do that bit!  eeek

I'll try that again!

Wed 16-Nov-11
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LIDL do a three bird roast for less than a tenner. My mum and I had one for Christmas dinner last year. Delicious it was.

 

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Wed 16-Nov-11
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Same here Aly, it's the only day that we do nothing, apart from cook and eat and tend the animals, the rest of the time is spent watching rubbish on TV and seeing how many chocolates we can eat before we are sick

Thu 17-Nov-11
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sounds perfect!big_laugh

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Thu 17-Nov-11
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No cooking again this year for me, only it won't be sunny Australia but sunny south of England for me, to see our son and his wife for ten days.

Thu 17-Nov-11
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JoannaS said:

No cooking again this year for me, only it won't be sunny Australia but sunny south of England for me, to see our son and his wife for ten days.

I might even manage to see you in the South of England....if my plan comes to fruition...roll_eyesroll_eyes

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Well let us know as we are around 18th - 28th cheers

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