I enjoy the traditional festive fayre at Christmas time. This year I have bought in buffet food to cook in the oven, all at the same temperature - A Christmas Party for 1
I have cooked a turkey dinner for enough years and just can't be bothered for myself anymore. I have been looking for a photo of the 1st Christmas me and my son Alex had together - a turkey crown - but I can't find the photo of me proudly posing with the bird
I used to make my own Christmas cake, but after the time I forgot to put in the liquid and it was too dry to eat - even the birds refused it all that goodness and expense gone to waste - never again.
The mince pies have already been opened - I need to buy some more.
In Yorkshire it is traditional to serve Wensleydale cheese with Christmas cake - need to buy these soon.
What will you be eating at Christmas?
I no longer do a big family meal at Christmas. I used to cook every year, whether it was Christmas Day or Boxing day, depending on my shifts at work.
When we had Ben (the grandson) and after his parents split, we used to have him one year from Christmas Eve, through Christmas day. The following year we would have him late on Christmas day, through Boxing day. All very civilised.
Our Christmas meal was always turkey and beef, with all the trimmings. Starter was either Salmon, Soup or Prawn Cocktail and for sweet it was mince pies or Xmas pud with brandy butter or cream.
Then we had a few years when my youngest son and his partner cooked. After 40+ years of doing the meal I'd had enough of it.
My eldest son and his partner had a daughter 8 years ago and things changed then. Our granddaughter always spent Chrismas day at home.
So we decided that our family Christmas day would always be on Boxing Day. Instead of anyone cooking, we take the family out for a meal.
Despite what people imagine, this works out much cheaper. We go to a Christmas carvery at Middlemarch farm
A great choice of menu. 3 Courses, and no waste or washing up!!
On Christmas day, after delivering presents to the granddaughter, Ray and I will come home, have steak and chips and just veg out in front of the TV. Bliss.
*The Game Is On*
Christmas morning, I`ll be having a bowl of porridge, followed by mushrooms on toast, with a cup of tea.
For lunch, it`ll be "fake pork" and pickle sandwiches, and cheese and crackers, with another cup of tea.
For late tea/early evening meal [around 5.30], full "vegetarian Christmas meal" - slice of "fake turkey", roast parsnips, roast potatoes, peas, brocolli [no sprouts], cranberry sauce - followed by warm mince pies and custard, and cup of tea.
I am truly grateful that my wonderful carers will prepare and cook all of this food for me.
I never forget that there are many out there who will not be so luck, so I have made a small donation to a local homeless hostel to help towards providing someone with something over the festive period.
My wife used to cook two Christmas dinners, one on Christmas Day for us and the boys and again on Boxing Day for both sets of in-laws. But as we all got older and people passed away Christmas never really felt like Christmas used to, especially when I was left alone. Last Christmas my meal consisted of a sausage barm followed by a Wagon Wheel biscuit.
We always have the additional Christmas dinner then bubble and squeak the next day with the left over veg!
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