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Gosh I'm starving now ...
Women are so shallow...

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Devils on horseback. Prunes wrapped in bacon. Always goes down well with everyone and you can prepare them before hand and chuck them in the oven.



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Re: Christmas dinner, appetisers and sides

Great ideas...I'm hungry now. I guess I'll start celebrating Christmas a bit earlier...
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No, it's nothing special and life's too short.


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Devils on horseback. Prunes wrapped in bacon. Always goes down well with everyone and you can prepare them before hand and chuck them in the oven.



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LOL, would not go down well with some of our friends and family so not everyone. Have you tried adding a bit of 'chèvre' - fab.
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Old 10.12.2016, 17:34
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I was in the frozen food store Picard yesterday..

If you want to be lazy they have some great stuff to just chuck in the oven .. Else you can go browse the ideas and go make it yourself..

We bought a pack of those asparagus wrapped in bacon actually, and a dead cheap!

We popped in to buy ice cream desert type stuff and came out with a freezer full!

To the OP .. you could probably get most of your ideas in there and pretend you made it
Picard is my secret weapon and for several years running I've followed the Margo Leadbetter School of Entertaining primary rule; Christmas comes in a van.
So if I can't buy it ready prepared and have it delivered it ain't happening.

Annoyingly I think the children are finally on to me and I might have to make slightly more of an effort this year, sigh.

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Women are so shallow...
What? LOL.
Well right after posting I'm starving I did something about it and my chicken in Ethiopian paprika - which a friend brings me back from there on regular bases - is simmering nicely. Just tried it - it's gonna be killer-hot!
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Yeah but I don't know the guy so I put the two ingredients you need for his prunes straight on my shopping list instead.

Yep, I'm a girl of quick reactions to inputs.
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A lovely, wonderful quiet Switzerland Christmas this year, can't wait!

I will buy one or two large turkey breasts (our Migros always have them), cut and stuff them, cover in herb butter, twine & then wrap in english streaky bacon.. do roasties, chestnuts stuffing balls wrapped in prosciutto (kids go mad for these) brussels and carrots, homemade port & orange cranberry sauce, gravy, the works.. yum!

A good english homemade sherry trifle, which the kids will help me make the day before. All Christmas day food is gluten free.

I do all the prep, but Mr S'Tree does all the timing/ cooking as I get too stressed so am banned from the kitchen. Suits me I just sing Christmas carols top volume with the kids, light the candles, set the table & listen to Carols from Kings - christmas eve service which I always record.
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Re: Christmas dinner, appetisers and sides

Last year my husband and I went full (northern) Italian.

Appetizers: "veneziana gastronomica" and "vitello tonnato" (no idea how to say these in English, sorry, but if you google them you will see images).

First course: traditional meat lasagne

Second course: roasted bird (I can't remember if we went pheasant or chicken) filled with chestnut stuffing, accompanied with roasted potatoes.

Dessert: panettone, torrone, marron glaces (the marron glaces I made by hand - a pain in the behind but worth it, they came out really good!).

This year I am thinking of going full (east) German: cold cuts for appetizers; rouladen, knoedel, red cabbage, sauerkraut for main and sides; for dessert maybe some Christmas/sugar cookies and a crumble cake/streuselkuchen? German food is new and uncharted territory for me, so I am not as confident as with Italian cuisine, but hopefully it all comes out ok!
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Old 10.12.2016, 18:15
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Look, Curley! Tom is a really good cook:
That's the other one (apparently)

I just really enjoy food.
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Hello, Christmas Day is a festival and celebrated it in all over the world. Christmas is coming very closer to us. Its time to party with family and relatives. In this Christmas everyone want to celebrate some special with special foods. I think pizza is the best one in this occasion and it is much better when you make it your hand. If someone interested it then tell me frankly.

Thanks all.
Pizza? On Christmas Day?

What species of barbarian are you?!
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Italian?
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Ha ha ha.... I'm not really a barbarian. whatever pizza is a delicious food I think.
Indeed. So are pork scratchings, but Christmas Day is one of the highest feast days of the year. One should at least put a little effort into it!

Even our cold Christmas dinner, as mentioned earlier in the thread, was made with top quality cheese and meats from Lidl. Top quality, I tell you!
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Re: Christmas dinner, appetisers and sides

When I make Christmas Dinner, there's always one side dish that I wish I'd made double of because it disappears so quickly. Caramalised Shallots in red wine, brown sugar and wholegrain mustard. I just use this recipe, make sure to use brown sugar and add a tablespoon of wholegrain mustard, but anyone can put there own twist on this.

http://leitesculinaria.com/7271/reci...-shallots.html
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This year, we have our 18 year old nephew coming for two weeks starting on Dec 26. He lives in a non cosmopolitan area of the US, and so feeding him will be - interesting to say the least.

I know he eats sushi. And white food.

For Christmas, however, I usually grill a steak or cook a chicken, and make a buche de noel. I'm partial to Delia smith's recipe - easy and delicious.

It will be Hanukkah too, so perhaps I can feed him latkes.

The sad thing is that he doesn't have a taste for interesting cheese, having grown up on mild prefab American product, so fondue and raclette are likely out... but maybe fondue Chinoise.
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This year, we have our 18 year old nephew coming for two weeks starting on Dec 26. He lives in a non cosmopolitan area of the US, and so feeding him will be - interesting to say the least.

I know he eats sushi. And white food.

For Christmas, however, I usually grill a steak or cook a chicken, and make a buche de noel. I'm partial to Delia smith's recipe - easy and delicious.

It will be Hanukkah too, so perhaps I can feed him latkes.

The sad thing is that he doesn't have a taste for interesting cheese, having grown up on mild prefab American product, so fondue and raclette are likely out... but maybe fondue Chinoise.
Can't go wrong with pizza.
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Absolutely. We have it for breakfast, dinner and tea every day even at Christmas.
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Re: Christmas dinner, appetisers and sides

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This year, we have our 18 year old nephew coming for two weeks starting on Dec 26. He lives in a non cosmopolitan area of the US, and so feeding him will be - interesting to say the least.

I know he eats sushi. And white food.

For Christmas, however, I usually grill a steak or cook a chicken, and make a buche de noel. I'm partial to Delia smith's recipe - easy and delicious.

It will be Hanukkah too, so perhaps I can feed him latkes.

The sad thing is that he doesn't have a taste for interesting cheese, having grown up on mild prefab American product, so fondue and raclette are likely out... but maybe fondue Chinoise.
Dont worry, even redneck Americans are fond of steak, chicken, and cake.
What is white food?
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Dont worry, even redneck Americans are fond of steak, chicken, and cake.
What is white food?
Cheese.
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Dont worry, even redneck Americans are fond of steak, chicken, and cake.
What is white food?
mild cheese. Noodles with butter and mild cheese. White bread. Nothing too spicy or strongly flavored. Possibly rice. I know he eats popcorn and chips (crisps).
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Use this as an opportunity to open eyes, minds, and tastebuds!

I've turned many a timid-palated teenager into a connoisseur of continental (and beyond) cuisines.

I often do 'small plate' spreads for meals - always include a favorite, as well as a twist on something familiar, and then a few different dishes that would be totally new. New flavors, ingredients, presentations. The young'uns have been raised with typical Midwestern politeness - they know that they should at least try a small bite.

And most end up enthusiastically trying bolder options.

The children in our family come here to spread their wings. Safe Switzerland is where they get to step out of their (parent's) comfort zone, so they are already largely up for an adventure. Why not add culinary adventure in as well?

And then we take them to France.


(If all fails, march the youngster up and down a few mountains. Trust me, even a hamburger-only teeager will enthusiastically tuck into fig and port pâte at the top of a mountain.)
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Use this as an opportunity to open eyes, minds, and tastebuds!

I've turned many a timid-palated teenager into a connoisseur of continental (and beyond) cuisines.

I often do 'small plate' spreads for meals - always include a favorite, as well as a twist on something familiar, and then a few different dishes that would be totally new. New flavors, ingredients, presentations. The young'uns have been raised with typical Midwestern politeness - they know that they should at least try a small bite.

And most end up enthusiastically trying bolder options.

The children in our family come here to spread their wings. Safe Switzerland is where they get to step out of their (parent's) comfort zone, so they are already largely up for an adventure. Why not add culinary adventure in as well?

And then we take them to France.


(If all fails, march the youngster up and down a few mountains. Trust me, even a hamburger-only teeager will enthusiastically eat fig and port pâte at the top of a mountain.)
Good suggestions, thanks. We are going to try some stuff on him... I think it is an opportunity to be on his own and try new things.
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