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Dec 23, 2013 17:08:29   #
Rhonda-may
 
I cook our Christmas lunch/dinner on Christmas Eve on the two webers at my kids place and will start cooking about 10am after I get back from the shops. We are cooking pork and chicken. We will also have ham, salads and assortment of other foods.

The temperature for today is suppose be 35C or 95 degrees so it will really hot and the humid of 66%, not looking forward to it.

It always seems to take most of the day to do. I made all the rocky road, gingerbread and choc balls already.

Well I hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone
From
Rhonda
 
Dec 23, 2013 17:20:40   #
Ladyfingers
 
We have a special Christmas morning breakfast in our home. My husband had two children, ages 13 and 11, when we married. Ten months later Jack and I had a son, Mike. The older children wanted to be at our home on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought. They lived about 5 miles away from us, and their mother wanted them home by 2 p.m. to have a traditional turkey dinner with her relatives.
So.....what do you do to make Christmas breakfast special?
We knew the two kids liked to order lobster whenever they went out for dinner, so that was the inspiration for our Christmas morning feast.....
Broiled lobster tails, scrambled eggs with bits of bacon, green onions and grated cheese, fruit compote, nut bread slices, and champagne for the adults - orange juice for the kids (with a tiny taste of champagne).
They were usually so stuffed with lobster, etc., that they only picked at their turkey dinner, and even though the kids are all adults now and living miles away - they still call and ask if I'm still enjoying lobster for breakfast.
Of course! This will be our 35th year!
Dec 23, 2013 18:11:19   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
No way could I start a day with food like that. My Xmas breakfast will be 1/2 a mango and half a dozen cherries. No lunch except a glass of milk. Then turkey,roasted spuds and green peas.(fresh not frozen) and a tiny slice of forbidden PUD with brandy cream. about 8pm.
Dec 23, 2013 18:20:49   #
user64822
 
cakes wrote:
No way could I start a day with food like that. My Xmas breakfast will be 1/2 a mango and half a dozen cherries. No lunch except a glass of milk. Then turkey,roasted spuds and green peas.(fresh not frozen) and a tiny slice of forbidden PUD with brandy cream. about 8pm.


That doesn't seem like a lot of food!

We start the day with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toast, and drink coffee and bucks fizz for me and champagne for my husband.
We eat dinner at about 2pm. This year it's roast turkey with roast potatoes and parsnips, brussels sprouts carrots and cauliflower, followed by pavlova with raspberries.
Later on we'll pick at sausage rolls, mince pies and Christmas cake....
Dec 23, 2013 18:25:38   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
Elsie Shufflebottom wrote:
That doesn't seem like a lot of food!

We start the day with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toast, and drink coffee and bucks fizz for me and champagne for my husband.
We eat dinner at about 2pm. This year it's roast turkey with roast potatoes and parsnips, brussels sprouts carrots and cauliflower, followed by pavlova with raspberries.
Later on we'll pick at sausage rolls, mince pies and Christmas cake....


perhaps not a lot for you dear Elsie, but certainly it is for me and my OH. have a happy day.
Dec 23, 2013 18:49:36   #
carolynjeffy
 
I'm making it easy this year. My daughter is bring lasagne, garlic bread, salad and a pie. Ex mother inlaw is bringing pies. I am cooking a large rib roast, roasted vegetables, peach pies, and homemade ice cream.
Two days before I'll start the ice cream and get the pie crusts mixed.
Christmas eve I'll prep the vegetables, bake the pies, and finish the ice cream. Then all I have to do on Christmas day is pop the roast and the vegetables in the oven. I am determined to spend the time with my family and not wear myself out cooking.

i live in San Diego area and it's supposed to be 80 degrees on the 25th I don't envy you cooking at 95 degrees and humid! Have a wonderful day.
 
Dec 23, 2013 20:06:40   #
Bobbi56
 
We are defrosting the turkey tonight & cooking it tomorrow. It will be separated in a large dish & kept in the fridge until early Christmas morn when it will go back in the oven to warm. We will also have roast beef, veggies, gravy, pies, cookies, etc. My MIL (88 yrs young), SIL, our son, daughter & SIL, & 3 grands will be here to eat about 1 pm. It's 30 deg F. here...very cold!! maybe we will get snow for Christmas. Happy Christmas to all of you!!
Dec 23, 2013 20:26:38   #
lneighbors3
 
I make the coconut cream pie tomorrow afternoon I get off work at noon. Christmas Day about noon, I will put the rib roast in the oven. I may even go ahead and steam the potatoes tomorrow depending on how I feel. Veggies will be made Christmas afternoon. It will be just Dave & I so I plan to keep it simple.

Lynne
Dec 24, 2013 07:08:20   #
nananan22
 
Preparing the meat pies for Christmas Eve dinner now. Late tonight preparing g two breakfast casseroles for Christmas breakfast - ham strata and French toast casserole. This afternoon , preparing a few side dishes for Christmas dinner- cheesy potatoes. Green beans with hazelnuts, cornbread casserole - all to have with a Honey Baked ham. I need more refrigerator space!
Dec 24, 2013 07:28:35   #
bagibird
 
Just finished a pork and sausage pie, sausage rolls, mince pies and scotch eggs for today. Tomorrow we will have champagne, and smoked salmon and prawns with horseradish cream with salad at lunchtime, then our main meal will be in the evening. Traditional this year: roast turkey and pork, with potatoes, parsnips and carrots roasted around the joint, cauliflower, sprouts and mushy peas (sorry, can't do without my mushy peas!)

Sounds loads already, but then there's bread sauce, rowan and port sauce, stuffing with figs and armagnac, and gravy. After that, I don't suppose we'll want to eat Christmas pudding with custard for DH and cream for me...
Dec 24, 2013 08:37:48   #
Ronie
 
I always get hubby a meat and cheese gift pack from Hickory Farms and we always have extra crackers, veggies and juice for breakfast. There are lots of goodies at our house this year, hubby made cinnamon rolls so I guess we will have those and juice for breakfast :).. we will dig into the cheese and meats later and for our nice meal of the day it will be Crab and Prawns. We picked up a small party ham too.. lots of fresh veggies and a olive oil, garlic, lemon dipping sauce.. Oh and homemade rolls
 
Dec 24, 2013 10:04:32   #
Elder Ellen (a regular here)
 
I am 86 and still have "the kids" in for holidays. This year there will be 4 generations, including myself and DH. I try to fix some things well ahead and then set out a lot of snacks -- candy, cookies, cheeses, crackers, fruit, nuts, etc. I'll cook the ham and potatoes on Christmas morning, toss together a green salad, get out the cranberry salad, rolls and pies, and that's about it. I used to do a lot more. We'll probably eat dinner mid-afternoon. This is the last stop for most of the younger ones. Forgot to mention old fashioned "Boston brown bread" -- I made some for the neighbors and will set out the rest with the snacks. The neighbors always say, "Oh, my mother (or, grandmother) always made that. Well, so did mine!
 
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