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Christmas eve - What are you cooking today?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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ragz_2ragz_2 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
I'm sure I'm not the only one spending the day in the kitchen today so I can have more time tomorrow with the kids etc, despite the temptation to stay in my PJs and watch rubbish on TV!

So far today I have a duck in the oven and a gammon joint boiling in Cola on the hob (though I AM still in my PJs lol)

Still to do -
Make Duck Gravy
Glaze Gammon
Make Baileys Tiramisu (go round friend's house and steal a dish first!)
Put beef in SC overnight with Red Wine
Make carrot and onion dish for tomorrow
Add stuff to my homemade mincemeat because I tried it yesterday and it's a bit bland.

Also need to take Cheesy Leeks out of freezer today to defrost ready for reheating tomorrow - everything else can be cooked from frozen.
Need a few things from the shops too, may wait until closing time and see if there are any bargains!

So, what's everyone else doing? Or am I crazy?!
Ragz is busy studying ;)
Progress is easier to acheive than perfection.


  • Was going to be Pea and Ham Soup, but couldn't find my bag of dried peas last night. Think they've got shoved right to the back of the bottom cupboard when I pushed the potatoes in there. Will have to persuade OH to crawl into the cupboard to reach for them :o.

    Might have to freeze the Ham Stock in containers, as there'll be so much cooking going on in the next few days.

    Have got a container of Oxtail Soup that can come out of the freezer - that will make way for the Ham Stock then :j - playing musical freezer space now :rotfl:.
  • kelk72kelk72 Forumite
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    Hi ragz NO youre not crazy youre organised LOL..... Ive got the gammon cooking on the hob in cola I'll pop it into the oven to glaze when finished...... the turkey crowns in the oven, ...... the leg of pork is all prepared waiting to go in after the turkeys been cooked,...... made my pince pies yesterday 3 dozen!......, husbands going to prepare all the veg and leave it in pans of cold water ready for putting on tomoz ...... then all Ive got to do tonight is lay the dining table ...... he's making the gravy stuffing etc tomoz as well as the prawn cocktails starter's tonight Ill be sitting down with a large glass of vino watching tv with my feet up! :beer:
  • Sagz_2Sagz_2 Forumite
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    "Christmas eve - What are you cooking today? "

    As little as possible!
    Some days you're the dog..... most days you're the tree! :D
  • ragz_2ragz_2 Forumite
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    "Christmas eve - What are you cooking today? "

    As little as possible!

    Good for you lol, I only do it cos I love it really and would be doing tomorrow anyway
    Love your Signature BTW
    Ragz is busy studying ;)
    Progress is easier to acheive than perfection.
  • RummerRummer Forumite
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    I am going to bake up a storm in the kitchen today!
    Taking responsibility one penny at a time!
  • jc2703jc2703 Forumite
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    I have a shoulder of pork in the slow cooker and Im just going to go and put the gammon in coke on and some leek & potato soup in the smaller slow cooker.

    Veg will get prepped later and turkey will go in SC overnight. stuffing balls and little sausages will get cooked tonight to be warmed through tomorrow and then we should be some where near!

    J x
    Climbing back on the OS wagon after a short vacation to Recklessness
    Quit Smoking 08/06/09
  • ragz_2ragz_2 Forumite
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    :eek: just checked on my gammon and it's coming apart! I don't have any string that isn't green so can't tie it up. Just have to hope it doesn;t get worse...
    Ragz is busy studying ;)
    Progress is easier to acheive than perfection.
  • I have just sliced the beef that cooked in the slow cooker yesterday....tis v tasty and V tender!! Made mashed turnips and mashed cauliflower (I know - strange but true...) ready to reheat tomorrow. Par boiled sprouts to cook in bacon....steamed green beans to be quickly sauteed in garlic butter...Roast pots and parsnips for OH made last week will defrost tonight... carrots, spinach and broccoli prepared and in the fridge......Later will make gravy from the beef juices/red wine and then I think we're good to go!!

    Have been to the PO (6.30am) for a parcel and popped into Asda on the way back.....wrapped a couple of presents when I got home.....can't believe it's not 11.00am yet and I'm just about done!!!

    What can I do now??

    (Sadly am v jealous of people with big families or loads of visitors...just me and OH. I'm in my element organising and preparing!!! :smile: Love stress at all!!)
    "...I, being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
    WB Yeats.
  • droniddronid Forumite
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    Chorizo and Bean soup. Quick and simple and allows me to go to the shops 3 times. I haven't bought Christmas Dinner yet and am hoping to be able to pick up some cheap meat from the nearby supermarkets! Should freeze well, hopefully!
    :D :male: :male:
    I could make it better myself at home. All I need is a small aubergine...

    I moved to Liverpool for a better life.
    And goodness, it's turned out to be better and busier!
  • LilacPixieLilacPixie Forumite
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    Going to my parents for lunch tomorrow but I am expected to 'contribute' ready that as do loads. I still have to:

    Prep the veg for roasting tomorrow
    make kilted sausages
    make stuffing and form into balls
    do leek and potato soup
    Make mince pies
    Make gingerbread men

    Isn't it great that I have christmas off this year :rolleyes:
    MF aim 10th December 2020 :j:eek:
    MFW 2012 no86 OP 0/2000 :D
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