Well I am totally flabbergasted as to what to cook for ‘ Cooking for Christmas dinner’ I need to present something that looks like I have put in some effort, I enjoy the cooking part it is the cleaning up part I don’t enjoy. I try every year.
I research, read, agonise, somehow I know it will all come together. Being together with loved ones is more important than the food, yeah right the food counts and so does the company.
Now earlier in the day I was sitting with the girls in Garden City at Gloria Jeans having a Christmas shopping reviver (coffee and cake).
I said to the girls ‘what am I going to do make foe Christmas dinner’ (looking for some inspiration).
Couldn’t do without these two, they have this year worked around their schedules to spend Christmas morning and night with us, I am blessed.
- Turkey roll
- Chicken roll
Yes they shouted, too easy I know, a bit like cheating, I am a mother surely I can do better
That afternoon, while waiting in the supermarket queue, I got talking to a very nice young girl (as you do) who has been out of home for a year, became independent, put up her hand and volunteered to have the family gathering at her new abode.
Raised eyebrows, I asked how did that go, she said ‘stressed but survivable’, like her spirit!
Her family bought lots of food, liking the sound of this, (visions of what’s to come) then she declared she is done and dusted for another 5 years. (clearly I don’t have enough children to get away with it for 5 YEARS).
I looked at her admiringly and said ‘lucky you’. I had picked up the Australian Woman’s Weekly,Christmas edition, along with the Woolworth’s Good Taste. We were both admiring the pictures as these magazines had the best covers.
|Wish I was brave enough to bake the cover cake|
|Doesn’t shelly Craft look georgous|
So I purchased both those two magazines (no I didn’t read them and put them back like the majority of the population, nor did I read it, put it back and take one from the very back) which I poured over reading them folding down the corners, admiring the pictures between the hours of 5pm to 6pm
I have discovered that there is a lot of:
- For desert as soon as I see that I cringe and move onto the next one
However I did see a recipe for a beef roll that looks promising and I also saw a sweet lime passionfruit and mango tart that looks like I can cope with those so far.
|So far I have purchased the Brandy Snaps needed for the base, so I am off to a good start, very promising. The only problem I think I will have is peeling the Mango as I haven’t done that before.|
We are expecting the outlaws, (I mean that fondly, nice people Chris & Phil) only one set can make it (Lucas’s parents), Michaels brother and sister in law, (Paula she’s delightful and his brother Rik a very nice young man, Paula in particular is funny and great company, allergic to Strawberries and Tomato’s hence the Mango) and the 6 of us so that’s a total of 10.
I make the mistake, every year declaring no hot food, then promptly cook roast potatoes, which are usually soggy so I promised I wouldn’t do that this year
Promises are meant to be broken at Christmas right?
I have just seen a quote in the Christmas Country Style 2012 by Steve Cumper
“If you are not 100 percent confident, don’t experiment on your dinners”
If I subscribed to that theory we would be bloody well starving! So I had better get practicing hadn’t I
Good luck with yours