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Steve W-O21/12/2011 17:21:23
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I wonder how many have a traditional lunch? And what is a traditional Christmas lunch?
Must own up to being stuck in a rut, we have had roughly the same for as long as I can remember.
We always have turkey, chestnut stuffing, bread sauce, sprouts, carrots, green beans, roast potato etc and Christmas pudding with brandy custard to follow.
To change seems to get rid of the Christmas feel to the meal, what common alternatives are there?
A full roast has sometimes seemed so out of place, the wife coming out of the pool and sitting down in a bikini, with the temp around 35C just doesn't seem the right setting for a roast turkey, but we have still persisted
Devon Flyer21/12/2011 17:36:58
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We have double egg & chips. Been doing that for years.
ken anderson.21/12/2011 17:39:46
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single egg and chips......
ken cut backs dept.
Martin Harris21/12/2011 17:45:41
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Aye, and change from a ha'penny.
Vecchio Austriaco21/12/2011 17:48:44
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For me the last Christmas dinner with the complete family - next year I am on my own. Alone or not - who knows now.
Anyway after 25 traditional turkey roasts my still wife decided to make goose for a change. But the rest stays traditional, only the bird changed....
Be happy to be in the UK - the traditional Austrian Chistmas dinner is carp - this sweetwater fish tasts a bit like the mudy water he comes from - so for me it was not a problem to change the habbit to the English one...
VA traditional food department

Edited By Vecchio Austriaco on 21/12/2011 17:49:24

Steve W-O21/12/2011 17:50:44
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Posted by Martin Harris on 21/12/2011 17:45:41:
Aye, and change from a ha'penny.

back to the hole in the road

Devon Flyer21/12/2011 18:37:53
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Some years I push the boat out and have a sausage as well.
kc21/12/2011 18:48:48
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Turkey of course.........except the year my sister in law didnt defrost it in time and we had sausage in batter! Presumably that's also what happened to the people who had egg & chips!     ( turkey on Boxing Day is better than food poisoning due to lack of defrosting! )
In the 1960's chicken was a luxury to be eaten only at Christmas if you had just a few people to feed. A workmate used to joke he was having chicken for lunch ( as I said it was a luxury then in 1964 ) when he meant egg sandwiches.

Edited By kc on 21/12/2011 18:52:36

Myron Beaumont21/12/2011 18:50:50
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I'm feeling guilty about you guys on chips etc Anyone near us can have a cock bird chicken for free .We have five too many .It was six until Mr Fox got one yesterday . Good news is that we now have two goats to clear my runway of all growing things in the spring .There will shortly be four as one is going to have two kids .
Myron YO13 eco friendly dept
David Gilder21/12/2011 18:52:48
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Posted by Steve W-O on 21/12/2011 17:50:44:
Posted by Martin Harris on 21/12/2011 17:45:41:
Aye, and change from a ha'penny.
back to the hole in the road
Hole in the road...????? You were lucky!!!!!!
Bob Cotsford21/12/2011 18:55:32
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I'd rather have one of Myron's goats than chicken or turkey. Nicely curried with rice - mmmm.
More realistically bacon egg and chips sounds good to me.
Myron Beaumont21/12/2011 18:59:54
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  You are banned from my flying fields

Edited By Myron Beaumont on 21/12/2011 19:00:50

Plummet21/12/2011 19:04:12
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For the last few years we have either been elsewhere, or we have had to go and visit the Ma-in-Law . A 100 miles drive, cook her a crimble lunch, then 100 miles back again. Then we would eat something, and drink rather more.
This year the two of us are at home. Some hot smoked smoked salmon. Two BEAUTIFUL rib-eye steaks, with trimmings like mushrooms, potato wedges, etc. then a rum and raisin cheesecake.
Did I mention the tradition of porridge for breaky, and then a martini cocktail (or two) at about noon? A good bottle of wine with the steaks. Then memory fails me.
Stephen Grigg21/12/2011 19:07:23
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Ive roasted Pork Beef and Lamb for the last few years but this year have gone for Turkey because I havent had it for years .I have to stick to a rigid time table planned around the model build and aim for lunch at 1pm.Im always on my own as my boys go to there respective mothers.Ive had a Xmas pud in the cupboard since 2009 as I love Apple Srudel and will be doing that this year.I bought the Turkey at a market and when i got home and looked at it found it was paraplegic ,it has no legs,love a leg as well.Did consider buying a leg but decided that is to extravagant
Myron Beaumont21/12/2011 19:30:38
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All this talk of food prompts me to give out a musicians tip -- "Never eat on an empty stomach "
andy watson21/12/2011 19:35:00
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Posted by Vecchio Austriaco on 21/12/2011 17:48:44:
But the rest stays traditional, only the bird changed....

I had quite a few Christmases like that before I settled down!

flytilbroke21/12/2011 19:40:33
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We used to have a big houseful, then age caught up and some left. Still miss the ones who can had thier life. Our youngest, with the big family is too far away but we still have some local. None are fond of the old traditional style, so we have a long, many snack items, and for the adults boozy, chinwag day. I do the cooking, they do the cleaning.
Myron Beaumont21/12/2011 19:53:46
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We might just have trout if I can be bothered to walk to the bottom of the number one flying field for ten minutes or so to catch a couple (.Phil Claridges crash site  
Now where has my wooden spoon gone
Andrew76721/12/2011 19:57:10
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Got fed up with turkey so for the last 3 years i've cooked loin of pork and beef fore rib with the usual carrots,sprouts,roast potatoes and parsnips,forcemeat stuffing,apple sauce,horseradish,mustard,two kinds of gravy and of course yorkshire puddings. We also got fed up with christmas pudding so i now make an icecream version and a real trifle (no jelly or tinned fruit nonsense please!!) all washed down with whatever is left after i cooked it all on my own using the Keith Floyd method!!.
Merry Christmas
Codename-John21/12/2011 21:23:54
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im going to have to attempt my own this year for the very first time, i usually go to my old man`s but his mrs aint very well so he`s not able to do it, ive got my lil lad here from tomorrow night until 2 pm xmas day aswell so i need a battle plan of how to go out in the morning with him and see everybody while still cooking a dinner for us too, havent done hardly any shopping yet cos ive been flat out with work, when are they going to perfect this cloning lark ?

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