Sometimes I think Christmas isn’t really designed for vegetarians or vegans. Meat is the most important party of peoples Christmas dinners, the main event and something that many look forward to. For us it’s one of the things I spend the most on really, more than gifts is good food and drink for our family. We do have to get a lot though as we have our whole family to entertain.
This Christmas we are having goose as the main event, something we have had for the last two. I am not a turkey fan so as I have to cook it, I go for goose. It always goes down well and pretty easy to cook, really. To get started we have a mixture of light starters, nothing to heavy as there really are a lot of components to a Christmas dinner to get through. When I was young, we would always have a prawn cocktail salad, seafood is a really good starter as it can be nice and light and fresh. This year I am making a hot smoked trout pate, with crusty ciabatta and light side salad. We also have some parsnip, chestnut and sage soup. Both I can prepare in advance so all I have to do is reheat the soup and plate up the pate.
Obviously I like a lot of trimmings as well without Christmas dinner. We will have of course pigs in blankets (chipolata sausages wrapped in bacon), stuffing, bread sauce and cranberry sauce. And you can’t forget the vegetables! Sprouts with pancetta and chestnuts, parsnips, carrots and roast potatoes. It does seem like quite a lot, but there is a lot of us, so I don’t overdo the trimmings, so everyone can have a bit of everything.
Goose is our centre piece, but I also cook a Christmas ham as well, it then supplies plenty for tea and leftovers which normally last us a week after Christmas. So you can get your money’s worth if you shop carefully.
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It seems that for many people Christmas dinner is one of the only roast dinners they eat during the year. Female First wrote about the Death of the roast dinner, which showed that most people no longer bother with a roast dinner. Only one in six families now enjoy the weekly roast dinner. In our house it is generally a weekly occurrence, a bit less in summer but defiantly something we enjoy when the weather gets cold.
It’s sad to see that many people don’t get to enjoy a Sunday dinner, once over it would be a staple of most families in the UK. Perhaps rising costs have something to do with it, the availability of cheaper food. A joint of meat or a whole bird isn’t cheap, however you can get a lot from it. Perhaps people just don’t know what to do with these bigger cuts of meat and tend to waste more, hence why they opt for cheaper alternatives such as ready meals.
For me with young children roast dinner is an affordable option, not only do we get a full meal from it but also a number meals for leftovers, especially if you’re creative. Plus it’s really nice to sit round a table as a family and it’s something we want to continue as our kids grow.
Turkey, many peoples option for Christmas dinner, they ain’t half ugly, poor things!
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