Sunday, 12 December 2010

Eating my way through Christmas

It's true, I will be. Are you going to?

Last night I sat planning what I was going to make this Christmas. It's the time of year when I love cooking and like to plan meticulously what I am going to whip up.

Obviously there is the standard Christmas dinner and we never stray from it. I am under strict instructions from Mr M to "not mess with the turkey", meaning he likes it as it is - unstuffed, no flavouring, nothing. He nearly had a major freak out once when I bought one of those lemon and herb chickens from Sainsburys.  There are other standards too that never change - roast potatoes cooked in goose fat, peas, carrots, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sausages wrapped in bacon and yorkshire pudding.  The things I do get to "mess with" is the stuffing, the parsnips and the sprouts. (Mr M hates sprouts but there are ALWAYS sprouts).

I'm trying two different types of stuffing this year - a sausage and cranberry one and an apricot and chestnut one.  I have no idea how these will turn out but fancy trying something different and surely, at least one of them will be edible? Last year I made the chestnut and cranberry roll from BBC Good Food which whilst tasty didn't hold together to well (for me) and I was just a little underwhelmed by it for the effort and I also made Nigella's Gingerbread Stuffing which I thoroughly enjoyed as did Father-in-Law but I think we might have been on our own.  I'm hoping this years effort has a better result. 

I'm also going to stray from my usual creamed sprouts and make a sprout gratin. That sounds gross doesn't it? I hope this won't turn out to be a gooey green mess. I'll clearly be the only one eating it anyhow so it won't be too disastrous if it doesn't turn out well.

Other things I will be making over the festive period include Nigella's ham in cherry coke, little mince pie cakes, sausage rolls, cranberry & soy sausages, turkey and cranberry pies, Christmas morning muffins, a cheese and onion slice and we'll be having a cheese fondue night.  They'll also be a dessert which is undecided yet and some kind of stew/casserole on Christmas eve, normally served with dauphinoise potatoes.

Writing it down, it all looks a tad ambitious. What's the betting I do nothing but get a load of food from M&S and sit back with a large glass of something naughty.  So tell me, do you cook up a storm over Christmas, or will you take an easier (and lets face it, more sensible) route?

love & kisses
Mrs M x


  1. Easy all the way this year. It's only us and the kids and last year we did the dinner thing on Christmas Eve just so we could be lazy on Xmas Day. We've never been invited to the in-laws as MIL said one year she didn't have room in her oven for veggie stuff and that makes you feel so welcome doesn't it? I'm planning a nut roast and some red wine gravy. No sprouts here though!

    The other thing I'm looking forward to making is the Christmas Bakewells from the Pink Whisk blog.

  2. I love the Christmas morning muffins too!

    Wish I could get my hands on Cherry Coke - I just have to use the normal one.

  3. Will check those bakewells out Ms C, sound interesting!

    Brownieville Girl - really? Is Cherry Coke hard to get hold of? I love it. I bought it the other day and it's nearly killing me as I want to drink it so badly!


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