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#16 RachelF

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 11:55 AM

Ha ha. Ok, at the Dolphin pub in Sydenham! Although we have eaten there so much lately, I think I have sampled all the stuff on the Christmas menu already.


Will look into slow cookers, Gekko. Thanks!
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 02:27 PM

Going semi off-piste this year with:

Salt cod and chilli croquettes
Dressed crab salad with avocado

Oxtail consomme

Pheasant cooked with chestnuts and red wine
Roast potatoes
Wilted greens with crispy garlic

Cheese board with lots of gooey cheese

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 02:38 PM

So, what time will you be expecting me Posie? :D
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#19 Ziwa

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 12:03 PM

Thanks for the inspirations, Posie and Kurt!

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 12:19 PM

Oh nearly forgot, big pot of rice'n'peas. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 03:57 PM

As its just the 2 of us this year, we're not bothering with the whole bird, so bought a tin of duck confit instead (out of this world!). To be eaten with spiced red cabbage and roast potatoes. Maybe some chestnuts thrown in somewhere. We've just been sent a box of assorted british cheeses by my cousin, so thats the next course sorted. And finally, as my German partner is not a big fan of christmas pud, or anything mincemeaty, I shall be making a lebkuchen trifle!

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 12:39 PM

It's official - I have now turned into my mother. On Christmas day we will be having:

Chicken stuffed with Delia's eighteenth century chestnut stuffing
Roast spuds and parsnips,
Sprouts al dente
Mashed carrot and swede heavy on the nutmeg and butter and blackpepper
Sherry gravy
Bread sauce
Sausages wrapped in bacon
Christmas pud and brandy butter

But, breaking with tradition, on Boxing day we will be serving sprout,potato and chilli fritters instead of the usual jacket spuds to go with the leftover cold meat and stuffing, sour cream, pickles, beetroot, celery and salad. Followed by a selection of cheeses , fruit salad and ice cream.

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 01:16 PM

Made my own cranberry sauce last night. Was blummin' easy and it has my mum's approval :D
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Posted 23 December 2009 - 01:32 PM

Made my own cranberry sauce last night. Was blummin' easy and it has my mum's approval :D


Thanks Elmo - I knew there was something I had forgotten in addition to the all important swede.
Just popping up to Sainsbury's now - are they selling fresh Cranberries?

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 01:39 PM

Just popping up to Sainsbury's now - are they selling fresh Cranberries?

Yes. 300g bag at the back of the veg section. And get some port, light muscavado sugar and clemetines for this:
http://www.bbcgoodfo...cranberry-sauce

Very yummy, once it's cooled.
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#26 charlie

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 08:59 PM

Yes. 300g bag at the back of the veg section. And get some port, light muscavado sugar and clemetines for this:
http://www.bbcgoodfo...cranberry-sauce

Very yummy, once it's cooled.


FAB U LOUS DARLING!!! Never will I buy ready made cranberry sauce again. Excellent recipe as it doubles up on the port. Really scrummy.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 02:14 PM

BUMP, BUMP, BUMP

Just found some cranberries in the fridge which reminded me of this thread.

Local, I can heartily recommend Elmo's wonderful Cranberry sauce recipe which I made in bulk last year. It keeps very well in the fridge and can be frozen too - so can be made in advance.

Is any one going off-piste, as Kurt would say, this Christmas?

We might try something different - perhaps beef?

We recently bought some meat (pork and lamb) from Higher Hacknell Farm which was absolutely delicious. It isn't the cheapest but, if you are trying to eat more vegetables and less but better quality meat the site is well worth taking a look at.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 04:34 PM

Why not Beef it was the traditional fayre for Christmas day before Turkeys came into fashion.

I'm still thinking about a 5 bird scenario but after looking at loads of reviews not so sure now !

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#29 Elmo

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 05:04 PM

Goose in the South, beef in the North. Turkeys started to turn up from the 1870s.

Ps - glad you enjoyed the sauce Charlie. It's marvellous stuff.

Edited by Elmo, 07 December 2010 - 05:07 PM.

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#30 misspoddy

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 06:29 PM

Any ideas for a veggie Christmas Dinner???
MrPoddy doesn't do meat, and as I am not cooking a turkey, goose, duck or what ever of the kind just for me alone, I want to make something that will make every body happy. I am desperately looking for a very luxurious nut roasty kinda thing, but it seems difficult to find. I have now decided to invent my own, which will be an "en croute" version with lots of different layers separated by either pastry or layers of savoy. But if anyone has already a recipe of something really stunning, I'll be happy to go for something somebody has tried out before :rolleyes: Maybe trying something new out I've never made before is a bit of a mad idea for Christmas...
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