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So, what was for Chrismas Dinner?

For us, on our own for first time- I was delighted to not have Turkey - cooked so many for extended family - and never liked it. Well, OK on the day, managed always to keep it moist, etc- and it's OK for one meal the next day- but this palava of turkey for days on end, is a big NO for me.

So, double aged beef rib, marinated in garlic, gros grain mustard, salt, pepper and a few chilly flakes, with roast tatties and parnsips, green beans, horseraddish and red wine and bisto gravy. Wow that was good, and loads to eat cold tomorrow and a big cottage pie day after (using my grand-mother clip on table metal mincer for right texture)- served with Salquenen red wine from Valais.

For pud, as a joke... and in honour of our 'great' PM and ERG, Eton mess ā la Black Forest- will wait a bit for dinner to settle first. Bon Appéttit.
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Old 25.12.2020, 18:58
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Re: So, what was for Chrismas Dinner?

Still cooking: roast beef, roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts. As starter home made vegetable soup. If we have some space left: mango ice crem
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Re: So, what was for Chrismas Dinner?

Christmas Eve was Mushroom Bourguignon, which is sort of Boeuf Bourguinon without the beef. (In our tradition, we don't eat meat on Christmas Eve.) Done in the slow cooker, so easy as pie. Served over mashed potatoes, roasted green beans on the side.

The big debate whenever we make this meal is potatoes or polenta. Potatoes won out this time, and I'm glad they did, because...

As usual I ended up with too many mashed potatoes, so for Christmas lunch I made something I haven't had in many, many decades - my grandmother's mashed potato pancakes. Topped with sautéed apples, fennel, roasted peppers and leeks.

It was a little weird not making a ceremonial meal, but on the other hand nice to be able to improvise, given that it's just the two of us this year.

Still stuffed from lunch so Christmas dinner will likely come out of the wine cellar.
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Boeuf Bourguinon without the beef.
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Old 25.12.2020, 19:56
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As usual I ended up with too many mashed potatoes, so for Christmas lunch I made something I haven't had in many, many decades - my grandmother's mashed potato pancakes. Topped with sautéed apples, fennel, roasted peppers and leeks.
That sounds delicious!

For us... As usual, my mother-in-law gets to decide what we eat for Xmas dinner. As always, it was some kind of "kalb roast" thing that was much too dry and peas made with onions and ham, and mashed potatoes. I had really wanted to do a lasagna but I wasn't allowed.

I did make an egg-less tiramisu that turned out quite good, though.

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In other words, mushroom stew. With a very nice burgundy. One glass for the pot, one for the cook. One for the pot, one for the cook...

NYT has a good recipe to start with, then get creative:
https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/...om-bourguignon

It's a great hearty meatless dish. Let it simmer in the slow cooker while you go walking in a winter wonderland.
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Re: So, what was for Chrismas Dinner?

Our son made roasted peking duck last week ahead of Christmas.



For Christmas lunch today we had roast lamb off the bone, with a gluten free herb and onion stuffing with cranberries, plenty of roast veg and mint jelly.


Dessert was a gluten-free christmas pudding - straight out of the packet - with my grandma's traditional brandy sauce minus brandy because we forgot to buy some...



As is our tradition, Christmas evening is a quiet non-event, Kids go to bed, presents go under the tree once the kids are safely out of the way, last minute gift wrapping. ,In the morning, the kids can look but not touch or move presents, and nothing is opened until the roast and veg are all prepared and in the oven...our youngest peeled and cut all the veg and actually said he enjoyed it!
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Re: So, what was for Chrismas Dinner?

Traditional. Turkey fillet rather than a whole turkey this year. Usually do a whole one and have several meals before freezing the rest even though it's always just 2 of us. Just whole potatoes and brussels with it and sausages wrapped in bacon. Everything but the sausages went in my big oven pot with gravy so it was all nice and moist. I never roast anything. Made the cranberry sauce yesterday. We didn't feel like having the Christmas pud for dessert so saved that for tea after some more turkey with Christmas salad.
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Re: So, what was for Chrismas Dinner?

hor d'oeuvres: sliced smoked salmon and red onion on toast

Starter: fried gnocchi balls filled with bergkäse, plums, and herbs and served with a wedge of roasted raddichio

Salad: julienned carrots, beets, celery root, parsnips, and apple in white balsamic honey mustard vinaigrette

Main course: Baked whitefish with citrus hazelnut crust, served with a dollop of topinambur puree and sautéed kale

Dessert: Miniature Baked Alaskas, (this version - homemade walnut ice cream on an oatmeal cookie with a layer of dark chocolate between, with a spoonful of walnut liquor, covered in fresh meringue, then baked at high heat until golden brown)

2nd Dessert: mini cherry cheesecakes and fresh baked meringues, traditional Swiss Christmas cookies
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In other words, mushroom stew. With a very nice burgundy. One glass for the pot, one for the cook. One for the pot, one for the cook...

NYT has a good recipe to start with, then get creative:
https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/...om-bourguignon

It's a great hearty meatless dish. Let it simmer in the slow cooker while you go walking in a winter wonderland.
Will definitely try that out!
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Re: So, what was for Chrismas Dinner?

Meat fondue.

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hor d'oeuvres: sliced smoked salmon and red onion on toast

Starter: fried gnocchi balls filled with bergkäse, plums, and herbs and served with a wedge of roasted raddichio

Salad: julienned carrots, beets, celery root, parsnips, and apple in white balsamic honey mustard vinaigrette

Entree: Baked whitefish with citrus hazelnut crust, served with a dollop of topinambur puree and sautéed kale

Dessert: Miniature Baked Alaskas, (this version - homemade walnut ice cream on an oatmeal cookie with a layer of dark chocolate between, with a spoonful of walnut liquor, covered in fresh meringue, then baked at high heat until golden brown)

2nd Dessert: mini cherry cheesecakes and fresh baked meringues, traditional Swiss Christmas cookies
And main course?

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And main course?

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post amended, i had used the American 'entree'
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Re: So, what was for Chrismas Dinner?

Not sure if this should go in "I smiled today" as this happened to my husband today who is unfortunately back in hospital back in London very poorly.

He got given the menu for lunch today and they had a Christmas dinner choice with all the trimmings - he said that as he was a vegetarian could he just have vegetables without the meat.

His lunch arrived - a pile of brussel sprouts and a pile of carrots and that was it - no potatoes, gravy etc - he did however get Christmas pudding and brandy sauce for dessert...
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NYT has a good recipe to start with, then get creative:
https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/...om-bourguignon

sadly ad blocker won't let me open. Hope it includes some great wild mushrooms like morels and porcini or chanterelles, etc. for extra taste.

My dad was a great mushroom forager and one mum's favourite recipe was 'croustade aux champignons' - wild mix mushroos cooked with a little white wine and cream, herbs, salt and pepper- cooled and put in centre of big puff pastry rectangle, then closed and egg washed, and decorated with mushrooms made with trimmings. Sometimes she put slices of ham on base before mushroom mixture. Will make this for New Year when my big bro comes- bet he has not eaten it for 30+ years.

Thinking of you Smackerjack - and your dear OH. Perhaps they didn't give him potatoes or gravy as they were cooked in meat fat and had meat juices in.
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this happened to my husband today who is unfortunately back in hospital back in London very poorly.
So very sorry to hear this.

Wishing you and your husband all the best.
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Re: So, what was for Chrismas Dinner?

Yesterday, we did Raclette.

Today, spatchcocked capon on the grill with dressing (stuffing cooked in the oven) and cranberries. White chocolate Clementine Buche.

Tomorrow, Fondue chinoise.
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Yesterday, we did Raclette.

Today, spatchcocked capon on the grill with dressing (stuffing cooked in the oven) and cranberries. White chocolate Clementine Buche.

Tomorrow, Fondue chinoise.
We will do the opposite, chinoise/borguignoone yesterday, raclette with meats and sauces leftover from the other day Sunday. Later, some other stuff.

Several sauces are on their way to ZH via my step-son to his brother, heading up today, daughter will head up to meet her brothers tomorrow.

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Re: So, what was for Chrismas Dinner?

Capon on the rotissoire.
Goose fat roast potatoes.
Sprouts with bacon, garlic, rosemary and a lot of Worcestershire sauce.
Lot of veg on the side
Onion tarragon gravy
Bottle of Puligny Montrachet
Chocolate mousse
Glass of St Emilion
Cheese
Port

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