Can you believe we just got back from doing the perishable xmas shop at Tesco’s and it was pretty busy! We left the house at 1210am, arriving at Tesco shortly after (it is only a short walk away) and found cars in the car park and people already shopping. Tesco opened today at 0001am and there must have people waiting outside to get in. We decided to go at this ungodly hour because a) its just down the road b) we are so not morning people, so going at around 7-8ish was out of the question and we didn’t want to leave it until the afternoon.
Whilst waiting for Tesco to open this evening I manage to get Karl’s mum’s bag finished and block my mum’s scarf. I just need to wrap them tomorrow and all the presents are done. So all that is left is planning the christmas dinner. For me, cooking a roast dinner is planned with military precision. I start by deciding what time we will eat, them work back to see what time I need to put the meat in. I then write a timed schedule telling me at what time I need to do each thing. As things are done they are ticked off. Karl has always laughed at this but it worked for my mum (and dad) and work for me.
For those interested this is what we will be eating in christmas day
Breakfast: Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel with Bucks Fizz (made with sparkling wine as I couldn’t afford champagne)
Roast Turkey (basted with sage butter) with sausagemeat, sage & onion stuffing
Pigs in blankets
Honey roast parsnips & carrots
Roast potatoes (roasted in goose fat)
Brussell sprouts with pancetta in a sage butter
Cheese and biscuits
We have a tradition in our house that the hamsters get a Christmas dinner too, we give them a raw sprout, a small piece of carrot and a small piece of turkey.
You can now call me insane as all of the above delights will be made by me, no ready made stuff in this house (except the puff pastry I may be mad but no certifiable) and just in case you were unsure of my festive madness I have my family coming over on boxing day so will be making coleslaw, potato salad, houmus, more sausage rolls and cooking a honey glazed ham for them, as well a making some mulled wine for me and my mum. Every year I say I am going to cook less and buy more ready made but I just can’t do it – I love cooking (someone remind of this when I’m swearing in the kitchen over the next 72hours) and much prefer to make my own.
I see my festive cooking plans rather like those of a knitter who decides to knit presents for everyone only 10 days before christmas. I occasionally bite off more than I can chew. A couple of years ago I made all this and cakes too, but my stepdad was diagnosed with diabetes this year so have cut out the cakes and stuff. There are plenty of chocolates and sweets about it people want, and I know my mum is bringing some sweet bits with her. For those of you wondering where the mince pies, christmas pud and christmas cake are, well, both me and Karl detest dried fruit, so these things are absent from our celebration.
I probably won’t be posting again before christmas, so have a good one everybody and be prepared for lots of photos of christmas food and christmas pressies after boxing day.