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    • JButler
    • By JButler 5th Dec 17, 7:00 PM
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    Christmas Menu...
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    Christmas Menu... 5th Dec 17 at 7:00 PM
    Evening guys,

    Im sitting trying to plan our Christmas menu. Im getting a little bored of the same starter and dessert. We usually have either chicken liver pate or ham hock terrine, then Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings (this year it will be capon, beef and venison) and for dessert is either pavlova or xmas pud.

    Whats everyone else having?

    Im just looking for some different ideas. There will be 18 of us this year, 16 adults, 1 teenager and a toddler.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 5th Dec 17, 7:22 PM
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    We!!!8217;re having Tomato Soup. Then Sausages and creamy mashed potato. Leeks and carrot swede mix with onion gravy. Then homemade Xmas pudding.

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    • By tboo 5th Dec 17, 7:22 PM
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    I do either scallops in prosciutto ham & butternut squash or for the less adventurous prawn cocktail.

    Beef for the main as I don't lke turkey and i'm cooking it so they all have it . hubby gets his turkey fix at the works dinner do.

    Dessert, DD and me don't like xmas pud so trifle it is, this can be made the day before and put in the fridge - and if hubby is nice to me then he gets a teeny tiny xmas pud all to himself.
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    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 5th Dec 17, 8:08 PM
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    We have our main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve and it!!!8217;s the only meal I make that follows !!!8216;the rules!!!8217; .

    This years offerings:

    Brekkie - toasted muffins with soft scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, lemon and black pepper - crisp smoked streaky bacon for those who don!!!8217;t like salmon

    The main event - King prawn cocktail with HM Marie Rose sauce and HM bread to start - adult kids demand
    Turkey, Gammon, stuffing, roasties, Cauliflower Cheese, Parsnips, carrots, sprouts, yorkies - as above
    HM raspberry Pavlova for those that can fit it in. - SIL!!!8217;s very favorite

    If I had my way it would be

    Garlic and chorizo prawns with HM bread
    Roast duck with dauphinois potatoes and steamed purple spouting broccoli
    HM chocolate Fondants with clotted cream
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    A Massive cheeseboard with pears, walnuts, celery and oats cakes to pick at through the evening
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    • By tessie bear 5th Dec 17, 8:18 PM
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    we go for 100 % trad;
    prawn cocktail on a bed of iceburg
    turkey pigs in blankets roast/mashed pots carrots peas sprouts gravy bread sauce stuffing balls
    christmas pud and clotted cream
    cheese board

    love it but not very cutting edge
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    • whiteguineapig
    • By whiteguineapig 5th Dec 17, 9:20 PM
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    think we'r going veggie this year
    when the children were little i used to let them pick their favourite dinner for christmas day, one year we had waffles with tinned beans and sausage lol
    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 5th Dec 17, 9:36 PM
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    We don't have a starter, never have. Dinner will be Turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatos, roast parsnips, sprouts, carrots, broccoli, peas, stuffing balls and gravy - all cooked by yours truly, who will have something veggie with potatos and veg. We don't have Christmas pudding as I am the only one who would eat it, instead it will be Apple pie, custard and cream, if anyone wants it, often we have it at teatime.

    We rarely have room for pudding after Christmas dinner, my family would know what to do with most of their main meal if I presented them with a starter!

    Tea is usually salad, cold turkey, potato salad and a lovely cheese board, with left over Apple pie, I am not doing trifle this year as no one touches it, if it is missed I will make it boxing day.
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    • By freyasmum 5th Dec 17, 10:58 PM
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    We always have 3 courses at Christmas - or, rather, we offer three courses.

    we tend to cycle between prawn cocktail, mushroom tart, garlic mushrooms and fish goujons. my dad isn't a fan of pate, or we'd have that as well.

    for main, we always have turkey and all the trimmings. this is non-negotiable.

    for pudding, we usually have a choice of cheesecakes, trifle, vienetta, chocolate chateaux and whatever else. last year, we also had sticky toffee pudding. this year, we're having toffee and pecan roulade.

    last year was the first I've not had pudding on Christmas day - and I enjoyed myself. I was comfortably full. I had mine on boxing day, after my 'Christmas dinner leftovers' baguette and pot of tea
    • JamesO
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    • Prinzessilein
    • By Prinzessilein 6th Dec 17, 7:48 AM
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    Christmas Eve will be the traditional (for us) sausages and potato salad (or Bratkartoffeln)

    Christmas Day it will be just Mum and me this year...and we are having venison, with red starter and probably no dessert.....sandwich, mince pies, cheese and biscuit, Stollen available as wanted in the evening.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 6th Dec 17, 9:19 AM
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    The last few years there's just been the three of us and because we now eat dinner later in the day, I do a starter of king prawns and lobster on iceburg lettuce with a Marie Rose sauce and those little tiny dinner rolls from M+S. That's served around 2pm , instead of lunch

    Dinner is traditional, Turkey, Ham and perhaps a Goose, with at least three stuffings and all the trimmings around 4pm

    Neither MrS or myself are big on desserts, so a mince pie is as venturous as it gets. Usually make do with an after dinner mint. Mum tucks it to cake and sweets all evening

    We wouldn't normally have a starter or dessert any other day so that's us really pushing the boat out
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    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 6th Dec 17, 9:32 AM
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    In laws are hosting me, DD, DH and my mum and sister.

    As DH and I are vegan they're just doing a vegan meal as they're happy to have it, so we're having:

    Wild mushrooms on toasted bruschetta with truffle oil

    Beetroot and squash wellingtons with kale pesto, roasted potatoes, maple roasted carrots and parsnips, stuffing, sprouts and gravy

    Christmas pud with ice cream (Swedish glace) and dark choc covered strawberries for those who don't like Xmas pud.

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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 6th Dec 17, 9:53 AM
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    We've never ever bothered with starters on Christmas day, unless you count chocolate...... Wastes space best reserved for the main event - turkey with all the trimmings.

    Often there's no room for pudding, so this may be served later in the day around teatime.
    • Sayschezza
    • By Sayschezza 6th Dec 17, 11:03 AM
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    Christmas Eve is always Lamb casserole. Christmas breakfast is gammon and fried eggs with bread and butter. Dinner is several sherries for starters then the traditional turkey/chicken, beef, roast veg, sprouts/chestnut, yorkies, stuffing, pigs in blankets etc. Pudding is er pudding/trifle/mince pies/custard/cream. Rest of the days they can have whatever is left plus cake.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Dec 17, 12:02 PM
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    Christmas kicks off for us at 6pm on Christmas Eve with "Bloody Marys" followed by steaks, baked spuds and salad. Mince pies & stollen for afters.
    Christmas Dinner is eaten in stages: Usually blinis & smoked salmon while opening pressies around 1pm, starters of prawn cocktail, HM trout pate, HM chicken liver pate and melon around 3ish. Mains about 4.30pm of turkey and all the trimings. Pud around 7pm usually trifle but we having a M&S Black Forest dessert this year. Cheese Board & Mince pies etc, around 9pm for anyone that wants. We love spreading the meal throughout the day. This year we may have a pesce guest who is having salmon on Christmas Eve and mushroom wellington on Christmas Day.
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    • NewShadow
    • By NewShadow 6th Dec 17, 12:10 PM
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    I'm not going to bother with christmas dinner this year - there's just me and I have 'roasts' quite often.

    I'm going to two work's 'dos' on the 8th and 21st - one at Jamie's Italian where I'm having the steak, and one in a pub somewhere with the traditional roast and sides.

    I'm at a friend's house for a buffet for New Year's eve/day and that will likely involve a lot of cold cuts and traditional leftovers.

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    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 6th Dec 17, 4:40 PM
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    Breakfast - (any time from 5am, to be eaten in PJs and dressing gowns) cereal, toast, tea, coffee, fruit juice, chocolate, crisps, prosecco.

    Dinner - prawns, smoked salmon and avocado for starters, turkey with roasted veg (parsnip, carrot, beetroot), roast and mashed potato, sprouts, sage and onion stuffing, chestnut stuffing, pigs in blankets, forcemeat balls, cranberry sauce, and enough gravy to sink a battleship. Then for pud we'll have a choice of Xmas pud with homemade brandy butter, or fruit salad, or cranachan (double cream whipped with oatmeal, honey and Drambuie, and raspberries folded into it). What usually happens is that people put the cranachan on the Xmas pud... Finish off with coffee and mints, and a glass of port.

    At some point in the evening I'll offer turkey sandwiches and stollen. I'm not bothering with a Christmas cake, as no-one really likes it.

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    • thriftylass
    • By thriftylass 6th Dec 17, 4:50 PM
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    Usually we don't have a starter.

    For mains we serve goose, ham, and turkey to cater for different tastes and fill the bellies. Add stuffing, croquets, boiled tatties, roast tatties, Brussels with bacon and chestnut, roast carrots and parsnips.

    Desert might be apple pie and black forrest gateau.
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 6th Dec 17, 6:41 PM
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    Beetroot and squash wellingtons with kale pesto,
    Originally posted by MandM90
    That sounds delicious - I don't suppose you have a recipe do you? OH is looking for something to make me for xmas dinner. He's done a few different mushroom based things over the years so this would be something a bit different.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 6th Dec 17, 7:03 PM
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    Our celebration day is Yule - the Winter Solstice, 21st December this year.

    We don't have starter (I have a tiny appetite and struggle with two courses, let alone three.)
    For mains, I have this year, at Mr LW's request, got a Qu0rn gammon-style roast. I've not had one of these before, so it will be interesting. We shall also have roast root veggies (spuds, parsnips and carrots) and Marmite gravy.
    HM Pud for dessert, with custard.

    There's only the two of us (unless you count canine guest Ronnie who will be staying with us; but he brings his own food) and we neither of us want to put back the weight we have worked so hard to lose, so I do the same size of meal as we'd have any other day of the year.

    Should Mr LW want anything else, I have a fridge full of cheese, including some rather good Stilton, and plenty of crackers in the tin.
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