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Inspire me for Christmas Eve?

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  • I have to cook Chinese on Christmas Eve - mums birthday and her favourite meal

    I cheat a lot, I buy duck with pancakes in PLUS tempura prawns ( not Chinese but she loves them ) . I cook egg fried rice, chicken in black bean and pork belly braised in a honey chilli sauce . Lots of veg and its actually not a heavy meal, esp the chicken and black bean. 
  • Nigella's latest Christmas offering is pure hygge! Watch it for inspiration (I won't be replicating her recipes, her handling of almond pastry in particular reminded me of someone trying to push their piles back in  :s)
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  • We will be having unsmoked gammon steaks and ? on Christmas Eve. 
  • joedenise
    joedenise Posts: 16,560 Forumite
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    As we're having beef wellington for Christmas Day we're just having a normal roast pork dinner tomorrow night!  As we don't have any family visiting over Christmas it seemed a bit daft doing a big dinner!
  • Mamaofmanybudgets
    Mamaofmanybudgets Posts: 57 Forumite
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    edited 23 December 2023 at 11:04PM
    Christmas cake.... 

    Not actually sure what we are having. I was thinking a takeaway but thought I'd use the money to pay of some bills instead. Get ahead for a frugal new year 😆
    Not having a dinner on Christmas day, making a buffet instead. Maybe I can just sneak a few bits for dinner 🤷‍♀️ and a slice of Christmas cake too. 😉
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  • sheilavw
    sheilavw Posts: 1,600 Forumite
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    Happy Christmas to everyone x
  • Toonie
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    We're having a late big lunch before heading out to meet friends. We've got pork chops, new potatoes, red cabbage and carrot.
    Grocery budget in 2023 £2279.18/£2700

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  • carly
    carly Posts: 1,414 Forumite
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    Nigella's latest Christmas offering is pure hygge! Watch it for inspiration (I won't be replicating her recipes, her handling of almond pastry in particular reminded me of someone trying to push their piles back in  :s)
    Well after that intriguing review I shall just have to watch the programme.  I lost interest in Nigella when the programmes became more simpering and innuendo than cooking.  
  • JIL
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    Update : daughters friend came round and her charcuterie board was wonderful, looked like a Christmas wreath. It was green salad at the bottom, with baby tomatoes and mini mozzarella and salami meats made into flowers, very festive. 
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