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    Christmas Dinner (preparing in advance)
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    • 14th Dec 08, 6:11 PM
    Christmas Dinner (preparing in advance) 14th Dec 08 at 6:11 PM
    I am trying to plan the cooking for Christmas Day and was thinking, apart from preparing the veg on christmas Eve, whether I could do anything else in advance.
    Could I do things like mash swede, make gravy and make up stuffing balls on Christmas Eve, and maybe even freeze yorkshires to use on the day rater than buy frozen ones in.
    Also, my family like to eat a steamed suet pudding with a roast dinner. Would i be able to make that in advance too and freeze it to use on the day without spoiling the flavour or texture? Or can you do these in the microwave?
    Just wondered whether any of you do this successfully as it would save being tied to the kitchen all morning!
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    • littlegreenparrot
    • By littlegreenparrot 24th Oct 13, 5:15 PM
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    I wouldn't worry about it, but if you feel like it try this

    I made it at the weekend, very easy and lovely. Slice it up, freeze it, and watch everyone be impressed when you bring it out (small slices would also defrost very quickly for emergencies!)
    • Flugelhorn
    • By Flugelhorn 24th Oct 13, 5:18 PM
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    definite vote for everyone to be feeding you !

    You concentrate on looking after yourself and your lovely baby - little else matters.
    • EstherH
    • By EstherH 24th Oct 13, 7:23 PM
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    GIGGLEPIG: Are you talking about people coming for one meal or coming to stay with you? Are they travelling far? Is there a reason you don't feel hubbies family would be happy to bring food with them?

    Ok, now for some practical suggestions - I hope.

    If you have a slowcooker, put stewing/braising steak, chopped onion, chopped carrots, and potatoes in with some oxo cubes, mixed herbs, salt and pepper and some wine or balsamic vinegar. Add some water and turn on. If no slowcooker you can do it in the oven in a large casserole. If it needs thickening up at the end add some bisto. You could have the carrots and onions chopped ready and left in Tupperware in the fridge and the potatoes will keep ready peeled in water for a couple of days if you change the water each day.

    Would you have room for a lasagne in the freezer? If you could fit that in, you could prepared it now.

    A big pot of chilli or bolognaise wouldn't be too difficult for hubbie to do. Again, onions etc can be prepped and left in the fridge.

    Home made soup using dried soup pulse mix, and a packet of frozen mixed veg and couple of stock cubes, with some of those part baked rolls.

    Is any of this any help?

    Please don't worry about it all. Anyone who doesn't understand and expects to be looked after when you have had a new baby is out of order and that is their problem not yours. Hope all goes well with the rest of your pregnancy. God bless. Esther x
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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 27th Oct 13, 7:37 PM
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    Congrats on the bambino due soon

    ive merged this with our Christmas dinner advance prep thread

    our Christmas 2013 thread also has all the handy Christmas dinner links in one place

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