Oh my…could there possibly be two more delicious words in the English language? Christmas and food?! Christmas food? The thought is almost too much to bear!
I have lots of favourite Christmas foods, but, really, the whole day of food is one of my favourite ‘food days’ of the year…
Strawberries and champagne (at some point before dinner); cinnamon rolls; date and walnut cake with a thick slice of butter; coconut cake (with a thick slice of butter); eggs with cheese and tomato (yum!)….any combination of those will do me for my Christmas breakfast (with a few chocolates sneaked in somewhere!)…..champagne and strawberries are, however, obligatory….and, whilst I don’t drink at all, I am determined to have my champagne – alone – this Christmas!
Dinner (‘Lunch’ for those Southern Brits who might be reading!)
I don’t know what we’ll be having for Christmas dinner yet but it will, no doubt, include braised red cabbage with berries (one of my Dad’s recipes); honey glazed carrots; brussel sprouts (I’m a big fan); cheddar mashed potatoes; and my son has requested duck with berry sauce as the ‘main course’…I’m vegetarian and usually concoct some sort of ‘last minute’ pie with chestnuts/blue cheese/mushrooms (delish!)…
Pudding (‘Desert’ for the posh ones amongst my readership!)
The highlight of my Christmas Day, quite literally, is the Christmas pudding (laced with a bit of brandy and heaped with whipped cream). My mouth is watering at the mere thought! Then, after the Christmas pudding – and not quite a decent ‘belly rest’ period later…some Christmas cake. Sneak in a mince pie (or two) and some jam tarts and ‘lemon curds’ (as my Gran called – and my Mum calls – them) and that’s about it for the Christmas Day pudding quotient.
Tea (‘Supper’ – again, for the posh ones who’re reading!)
Round about 3.30, you have that moment where you feel you’ll never want to eat again LIKE EVER but it starts to roll around to 6ish and you start drooling about the cheese board, the Hovis biscuits, the pickles and chutneys (oh, Branston pickle, how I miss you so!), the grapes, the nuts….
8pm, you’re a little tipsy (I’ll blame it on sole-champagne sipping this year!) and the only thing for it is to crash in front of a film…..It’s a Wonderful Life anyone?!
[Can’t wait to hear about your food favourites….I’m honestly amazed I don’t weigh about as much as a medium-sized elephant, just thinking about all the Christmas treats!]
[Thanks, Sandra, for the Blog-mas prompts: am loving joining in!]