What are you planning on cooking?
, Dec 01 2012 01:35 PM
34 replies to this topic
Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:35 PM
We have a full day at home this year
pure bliss, no rushing out after lunch.
I will be hosting my parents-in-law for lunch and close friends for dinner. Christmas food planning (and cooking) is my favourite aspect of the day.
At this stage, I plan to cook a standing rib eye roast and bake a free-range ham. Sides - I'm not entirely sure yet. But, I think it will be a hot lunch, so baked vegetables and maybe french beans, glazed dutch carrots. Dinner will be leftover ham, homemade coleslaw and hassleback potatoes. Easy.
Dessert, no idea whatsoever.
Given the small numbers, I want to keep meat to a minimum. No-one eats the leftover meat. The dog has a lovely few days post-Christmas
So, what are you planning? Hot, cold food? Traditional, BBQ, smorgasboard?
Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:45 PM
Cold meats, chicken ham etc, maybe some prawns
Don't know for dessert either.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:52 PM
We always have a seafood Christmas, lots of prawns, oysters and crabs, sometimes lobster. Last year we had the seafood with a roast carrot/haloumi salad and a waldorf salad.
Dessert is always pudding. We had one from the farmer's market near us- it was a traditional one but with chocolate and orange too. Delicious!
We rarely vary from this type of lunch. My FIL is an easygoing man but don't mess with his Christmas lunch!
Christmas breakfast is scrambled eggs and hot smoked ocean trout.
Dinner is normally ham and salad if anyone can fit it in.
I like to do a roast pork with crackling for Christmas Eve dinner too.
We are really into our food!
Edited by knittingkitten, 01 December 2012 - 02:54 PM.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:53 PM
Trifle for dessert?
Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:07 PM
choc nuts and sultanas
Cold rock cake
Home made ferrero rocher
Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:18 PM
KnittingKitten Yum. That sounds fantastic.
We're in the Northern Hemisphere so it's snowing outside & we have roast turkey & duck with cranberry sauce, English plum pudding is set alight at the table and served with brandy white sauce.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:46 PM
I like to do a roast pork with crackling for Christmas Eve dinner too.
For a couple of years we had ham and coleslaw for Christmas Eve dinner. It was by default though, I'd bake the ham the night before and it just seemed the logical thing to do! (I have a bigger oven now and can bake the ham on Christmas day).
Everyone's Christmas fare sounds delicious. I've been scanning Taste for ideas. I found a gorgeous recipe for standing rib eye with truffle aoili
It's now put a different spin on our lunch. I think beef with aoili would be more suited to having side salads rather than hot vegetables.
Anyway care to suggest what they would have with a baked ham and a standing rib eye? I'm perhaps being rather cautious having hot vegetables. When I think about it, I could save time by having salads.
Edited by Funnington, 01 December 2012 - 04:29 PM.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:53 PM
I'm a fan of a hot Christmas lunch. I'd stick with veggies OP
Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:58 PM
We love hot Xmas lunch! We have turkey, boneless stuffed pork roast with all the warm vegetables and gravy. We also have a seafood platter & ham on the bone. Dessert is Xmas pudding, sticky date pudding and small pastries.
I also buy a cooked chicken & salad for boxing day as we have more people over for lunch.
We then enjoy leftovers for a little while!
Xmas breakfast is always ham and cheese croissants, dinner is left overs from lunch (if you have room!)
Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:08 PM
We start the day with buttermilk hotcakes with lots of toppings and then we are heading to my niece's for hot lunch. I make pavlovas for dessert. Dinner will be cold meats and salads.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:12 PM
We always have seafood and salads, but this yr Im adding in a roast.
4 dozen oysters, half kilpatrick and half natural.
tequila prawns with pineapple salsa
Roast Lamb with roast veg and gravy
baked choc cheesecake
Xmas pudding with custard
Yummy salted caramel icecream
Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:15 PM
Roast Turkey, Roast Pork and roast vegetables and for dessert - trifle and I want to try that christmas pudding that Coles has advertised - it looks yummy.
Oh and some prawns for me, as everyone else doesn't eat them. What are the best to buy? I was looking at the tails last week, without the heads, because I don't like shelling prawns.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:07 PM
Ok, no one eating leftover turkey sandwiches is just wrong
But I would probably do individual stuffed quails for everyone with a cherry and almond stuffing. Small, single-serve bird with no leftovers and seasonal flavors in the stuffing.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:28 PM
It's just Mum, DF and I for Christmas Day this year... so on the 25th we'll have some prawns (already shelled) and I think I'll get a small leg ham. Then we'll have potato salad and sweet potato and green bean salad with balsamic vinegar and sweet chilly dressing. Then we have pudding for dessert
I love hot ham sandwiches with mashed potato and peas after Christmas. I have it pretty much every meal until the ham is gone LOL
For our Christmas celebration on the 5th I think we'll do a roast, though it depends on the weather.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:48 PM
Breakfast at home: me, DH and kids usually have croissants but this yr having pancakes with strawberries, maple syrup and ice cream smoked salmon and Philly on biscuits and champange/ appletizer.
Then off to parents for lunch and there will be prawns, oysters roast pork roast lamb, smashed potatos, green beans with slivered almonds, pumpkin and rocket salad, smoked salmon salad plum pudding with cream and brandy sauce, creme caramel, Oreo cheesecake, ice cream pudding, and lots of alcohol to wash it down
lots of kids so special platter of sweet treats for them
Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:05 PM
We have fairly traditional christmas meals here.
girls christmas lunch the week before christmas (we are all teachers). It is bring-a-plate style and we take turns hosting each year. I always do a glazed ham, others do vegies, turkey rolls, etc. About 20 ppl
sunday before christmas at ILs. I will just make christmas treats (truffles, biscuits etc...). Lunch will be hot meats and veg dishes. LOTS of chocolates and a smorgasbord of desserts - my MIL tends to go a bit OTT LOL
christmas eve at my house. We will have a massive bowl of prawns, and big antipasta platters and a cheesecake. About 10 ppl.
christmas breakfast is just the 3 of us. We will have hot ham and cheese croissants, as that is what DH grew up with.
christmas lunch is at my brother's. I will do the ham, SIL will do turkey and veg dishes. I think there will be about 20 ppl
Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:35 PM
This year is our first Christmas at home and so far I've planned Breakfast
Bacon & Eggs - maybe smoked salmon instead of bacon Lunch
Entree - yabby salad?
Main - Roasted stuffed turkey breast - think bacon, porcini, cranberries etc...
Honey and mustard glazed ham
Broccoli salad of some sort
Maybe honey glazed carrots
Fruit salad & puddingDinner
Left over meat and maybe lamb or pork roast
Green salad with halomi
Oh and lots of cherries to nibble on
Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:19 PM
Haven't quite decided on entree yet. Might just be a few nibblies, like dips, cheeses and pate. Everyone has big breakfast's planned from the sounds of it.
Chicken terrine ( MIL speciality)
Lamb shoulder roast on bbq
Tomato and zucchini bake
Warm roasted pumpkin and potato salad
Asparagus and bean salad
Roasted garlic and rosemary baby carrots
Roasted lemon and garlic baby beetroot
Mini pavlova and fresh berry baskets
Will have a small piece of ham and a garden salad to go with any leftovers for dinner.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:00 PM
I've almost finalised my food for Christmas. It's a very safe menu, nothing too complicated. (I've been inspired by Jamie Oliver recently to serve everything on big chopping boards and platters for a rustic, warm feeling).
I've bought most of the food (except fresh vegetables and the ham) which I'll get closer to the day.
- Herb crusted standing rib eye beef with truffle oil mayonnaise
- Baked free-range ham with a glaze of mustard and marmalade
- Chicken breasts stuff with feta, herbs, garlic and wrapped in prosciutto (pan fried and sliced to serve)
- Roasted hassleback potatoes (maybe dutch creams or kipfler's)
- French beans with a mustard and caper dressing
- Roasted carrots (in mayple syrup)
- Fresh pod peas (with fresh mint maybe?)
- Pan juice gravy from the standing rib eye
- Chocolate ripple cake (I'm crud at desserts, this is about my skill level!)
- Leftover ham
- Any other leftover meat (if there is any chicken or beef, I've only bought just enough for lunch because I hate leftovers!)
- Corned beef (slow cooked in balsamic vinegar and eschalot onions)
- Homemade coleslaw
- More roasted hassleback potatoes (not leftover, cooked fresh) or maybe a nice potato salad with a dressing of 1/2 sour cream, 1/2 whole egg mayo and horseradish cream
Of course, nibbles will be the traditional bowl of cherries, toffee's, nuts, after dinner mints.
Does everyone think the flavours will mesh well? Do I need anything else as sides for lunch?
Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:14 PM
My biggest decision now is whose place am I going to crash for Christmas!!
Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:22 PM
I have two xmas's to celebrate this year. I am at my mums on xmas eve and I designed the menu plan which is as follows:
Rocket and fig salad
Sticky date Xmas pudding
With all the trimmings...
On xmas day I will be at MIL and they do some prawns, chicken skewers, ham, general salads and cake.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:45 PM
This year it's just DH, the kids and my mum (woohoo!)
Breakfast is always smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with fizzy and fresh orange juice.
I plan on doing a ham a day or two befor Christmas (we're going away on Boxing Day), so we can snack on ham for lunch. Thinking a marmalade or maple glaze - haven't decided yet.
Will then have the main meal aroun 4pm or so. Lots of seafood to start - might send DH out to dive for scallops the day before, but will otherwise buy some, plus prawns too. Then I'll butterfly out a leg of lamb to put on the BBQ, which we'll have with some yet to be determined salads. Dessert is Christmas pudding which I made back in October, and I think my mum will make a trifle. Will get some ice cream for the kids and they'll be happy!
Plan on doing some fun Christmas baking with the kids too - Santa cake pops, gingerbread house etc.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:18 PM
Start the day with croissants, nice cheeses, smoked salmon and ham.
Head down to the beach with cheese and dips for a light lunch.
Asian style steamed snapper
Few salads ( still deciding on which ones)
Dessert home made baklava
Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:05 PM
Start the day with croissants, nice cheeses, smoked salmon and ham.
I completely forgot about breakfast
I've always got English muffins in the freezer and bacon & eggs, so maybe eggs benedict - or just Christmas lollies
Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:19 PM
Breakfast we're spending at my in-laws home. They traditionally serve eggs benedict, fruit salad served with champagne
Mum is French so we're having some French dishes for our Christmas Lunch:
Ham with honey mustard
Turkey with fruit stuffing served with sweet potato, mushrooms in lemon sauce and french peas
Buche de Noel (Yuletide Log)
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
The numbers have been crunched and it's official: Australian parents are having a bit of an 'O' moment.
Just like a horror movie ... THEY'RE BAAAAAACK. So what works in treating and avoiding head lice and nits?
It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.
The Duchess of Cambridge is in the early stages of labor at St Mary's Hospital.
My baby wasn't interested in food - until we tried something new. Now she's eating it all, and it often comes from my plate.
Watching your child take their first wobbly steps is one of the best parenting highs you'll ever experience. But with that high comes a new reality.
A watched womb never labours ... or at least mine didn't.
Rachelle Friedman Chapman was preparing to marry the man of her dreams when tragedy struck four years ago.
No matter what the occasion the world always seems to be waiting for Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Discovering your wife has just given birth on the toilet would be a surprise for anyone. But the shock would be even greater if neither you or your partner knew you were expecting a baby.
These five photos show some ghostly images - but are they real? Do you believe in the spirit world?
Does spending more time with your kids help their development? This is a more complex topic than it may seem.
A mother who opted for a 4D scan late in pregnancy discovered her unborn baby had a rare brain disorder.
"I think we were just tired of people talking, trying to tell our stories, and they had no idea, no clue, what we went through."
They say laughter is the best medicine. If that's true Tom Fletcher and his son should live long, healthy lives.
Do I feel 'smug'? No. Nor do I feel remotely superior. Each birth was valid and valuable in its own right, producing, as it did, a healthy baby.
The workplace isn't always a friendly place for pregnant women. Yet working women inclined to conceal a pregnancy from prying coworkers may be better off opening up and carrying on, according to a new study.
To celebrate Mother's Day this year we are giving you the chance to win one of five great prizes simply by telling us your story.
The popular TV host has no plans for a sibling for her new daughter Maggie.
There is so much pressure about having a baby who sleeps 'all night' , it's no wonder you worry about your baby if she wakes in the night.
A new area on our site for all your playtime and learning fun with baby - specially brought to you by Fisher-Price Play IQ?. PLUS your chance to win a year's supply of toys.
What makes some names have comebacks while others silently fade into oblivion? A few factors come into play.
Even though they're immobile and can't speak, there are plenty of ways you can engage and communicate with your newborn to stimulate their physical, cognitive and emotional development.
Elizabeth Edmonds' husband posted some devastating news on Facebook last year.
If you're a new mum and feeling ignored by the older mum/the old hand/the has-been, please know, it's not you, it's me. Blame the last child parenting fatigue.
The 'How I Met Your Mother' star has revealed that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 25 - and was told she'd never conceive naturally.
What does your baby need to grow up healthy? The experts give their advice.
A UK coroner has warned of the dangers of a bedside cot after the death of a newborn baby who choked to death this month.
Babies are social beings who enjoy being around people they know and love, especially you.
Everyone agrees we need to do more to care for people at risk from suicide, the problem is what.
Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.
I was on a high. I'd done it all by myself with no help from anyone.
We're big fans of kids' birthday parties - but this is one bash we're glad we didn't get an invite to.
Everybody loves a bargain - including the Duchess of Cambridge.
A lengthy note put on the window of a fish & chip shop has gone viral due to the writer's serious doubts about the romance of travel.
Pregnant women are under pressure to do all the "right things" to have a healthy child. It results in women feeling judged about their decisions.
The mother of missing toddler William Tyrrell says she has a vision that somebody "picked him up and moved him on ... that's the only way ... to explain for him not to be there".
Most 23-year-old blokes spend their hard earned cash on fun times with mates or romantic dinners with their girlfriend, but not Tommy Connolly.
The first all-female quintuplets born in the United States were delivered last week, at 28 weeks and two days.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
Top baby names
The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.