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Post  princesspurplehippy on Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:28 pm

As shocking as it may seem but this Xmas I (with the help of my other half) am cooking Xmas dinner for the first time. What makes it worse is that I have never cooked a Sunday roast so talk about being thrown in at the deep end. The reason I've never done it before is when I lived at my parents my mum/step mum cooked the Sunday Roast/Xmas dinner and when I lived on my own then its not not worth making Sunday lunch for one or I was invited over to my parents for lunch.

This year with my partner's gran being ill his mum is spending Xmas looking after his gran so its just the two of us.

So the plan is as there are only the two of us is to get some turkey breasts, gammon ham, Yorkshire puds (probably Aunt Bessies shop bought), pigs in blanket, stuffing and veg (no sprouts)

Does anyone here have any hints, tips, addresses of restaurants open on Xmas day in Oxfordshire Laughing Laughing Laughing Thankfully I have the necessary skill of timing when I cook so I think I'll be halfway there
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Post  whitestarling on Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:18 pm

There are only two of us PPH. Mrs S always gets a small Turkey boneless Crown, its all breast, and the cooking instructions are on the wrapping.There's plenty for two, it will do Xmas Day, and Boxing Day. Most Supermarkets have then, and it really does'nt make any difference to the taste if frozen or not, we've tried them both.

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PS. Aunt Bessy's are good, but put them in the Oven to warm up, not the Microwave they come out all soggy Mad

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:49 am

PPH I am not a cook at all - Christmas is normally out of the supermarket and as WS says, all instructions for turkey are on the wrapper, I do the roast potatoes and veg (no sprouts) but buy the bread sauce, sausages wrapped in bacon (was that pigs in blankets?) stuffing and as much as I can, and put it all in the oven.

None of us like Christmas pudding that much so again it's something else like a yule log and some mince pies (all bought Embarassed )

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Post  Doogs on Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:51 pm

LP - yes the sausages wrapped in bacon are 'Pigs in Blankets'

PPH I'm sure it will all turn out just grand and you'll have a lovely Crimbo Dinner - so much so you'll want to do it all again next year Wink

My mum & sister take year about for Dinner (our place is too small) but we all chip in and there is 14 of us this year. My agenda this time is a pot of soup, the honey roast ham, neeps (turnips !), carrots and something for pudding. It is a lot of work but it's nice to do.
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:55 pm

Thanks Doogs Very Happy

14 is a great number, sounds a lot of fun and a great idea to all do a bit. What pudding are you thinking of? I've got to think what we can have instead of Christmas pudding!

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Post  Doogs on Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:59 pm

It is a good day - it's usually 13 when it's my mums turn and 11 when it's my sisters - my brother-in-law's parents take year about with their sons so they always end up at mums. Also this year we have my oldest nephew's girlfriend.

I will confess to not be a pudding person so there's no way I'm going to be baking / cooking something Embarassed - it would just be a disaster !!! Think I'll go to M&S for something nice, see what they've got to offer Wink


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Post  Laikipia on Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:30 pm

good idea Doogs, I may follow.

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Post  Doogs on Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:47 pm

Surely we can't go wrong with M&S Laughing Cool Wink lol!
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:34 pm

I Agree Doogs - will have a look at the choices this week and then panic at the last minute ............... Bump

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Post  princesspurplehippy on Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:02 pm

thanks for all the help

my partner and I both don't like Xmas pudding so it'll be a nice choccy desert of some description, probably from M&S
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Post  Doogs on Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:55 pm

Sounds like M&S better be well stocked with their puddings this year Wink
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Post  princesspurplehippy on Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:24 pm

my first try at making roasties with rosemary, they tasted nice, lovely and fluffy inside but needed a little bit longer in the oven to be a bit more crispy

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Post  Doogs on Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:16 pm

Mmmmmm look good to me PPH Cool Very Happy

Good idea to have a wee practice before the big day Wink
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Post  princesspurplehippy on Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:21 pm

and better still I got to eat them all

yummy yummy
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:22 pm

I Agree PPH and Doogs

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Post  princesspurplehippy on Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:49 pm

everything went well, although I think I made a bit too much for 2 people

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:46 am

well done PPH - it's always the way, and same here for 3 people, but it's fun trying to eat it all lol!

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Post  littlewid on Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:41 am

Well done you PPH for all that wonderful food, it looks lovely and I bet you both enjoyed it.
We had loads too much as well. There was 11 of us although only 10 eating as Theo is still at the milk stage :baby1: and i'm sure the kids ate more chocolate than dinner really
Hope you and your partner had a day yesterday.

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Post  whitestarling on Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:41 am

Job well done PPH, great as it was your first, and we're all guilty of doing to much, but there again it's better than not enough especialy for a Xmas Dinner
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