After basically deleting all of the emails I have received in the last two weeks (which was really therapeutic actually) I was down to just fifteen that actually need me to do some work for. I then sat and started to do my online shopping to restock my fridge, freezer and cupboards with the essentials and luxuries that Christmas requires.
This weekend we have our traditional Christmas Dinner with friends which is always a lavish affair full of far too much food and drink and a food coma that seems to last the whole weekend. As there will only be four adults and two kids I decided that although we need Turkey it really would be a waste to get a whole one and I didnt really need a crown either so I have opted for a rolled Turkey breast which should be perfect for us. I have never cooked one of these before though so I hope it turns out ok.
On Christmas Day I need to cook a whole turkey and trimmings for around 10 people so the pressure is on for this one. I haven’t actually been responsible for a turkey for this many people for a while and I need to cook it and then transport it which adds to the preparation. I was trying to decide what turkey to get as I love a norfolk black but some people find the taste too strong so I was looking at the Donald Russell Turkey Guide at the different types of breeeds available ( I also learnt how to actually carve a turkey which I didnt know how to do!)
What I have learnt from inviting friends round is that different people expect different items on their Christmas dinner so I would love to know what you see as an essential on your plate at Christmas.
My Christmas dinner would include
Sausages wrapped in bacon
Honey roasted parsnips
Crispy roast potatoes
Cabbage or spring greens
Am I missing anything? What do you have?