The Food Before Christmas

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Darkginger

The Food Before Christmas

As someone who doesn't bake (because I no longer eat flour, or sugar), I'm not going to start thinking about Christmas for a while yet - so thought I'd start a thread about ongoing cooking that has nothing to do with Christmas foods. In fact, a thread about how people eat in the run up to the feasting season - do you deliberately cut back on your intake prior to the forthcoming indulgences? Do you make an effort to eat more simply? Do you do 'practice runs' - like perhaps roasting a chicken in the way you intend to cook your turkey or goose?

Personally, I always get the urge to eat more lightly at this time of year - I find myself craving fish and seafood and chicken more than red meats, also crispy salads. It's like I'm saying 'stomach, brace yourself!' before all the indulgences begin.

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Esther R

The Food Before Christmas

We are eating more casseroles and wintery type foods ss the weather gets colder. I am definitely tring not to eat too much though. My son is getting married in March and I have already bought my outfit so I cnanot put on weight!

We are staying with friends this Christmas so I will have to eat what is put before me but I will try to keep off the sweets and chocolate.

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Saffy

The Food Before Christmas

The only thing I really change is that we don't have a roast in December. I'm not a huge fan of turkey but I find I enjoy it far more when I've been deprived of my usual Sunday roast.

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Gerry

pre-Christmas food

Not different here either, though do have roasts, though not goose of course. Don't think we eat more at Xmas than we usually do.

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sam from worthing

The run up to christmas food.


well, for us its very much the same as we would normally have, much depends on mood and weather - as christmas here in the UK is usually cold and dreary it is more comfort style foods.

and i am not going to be catering for a big number of people this year - it will be more of a special "sunday" lunch, as it is christmas. will be roast pork this year, done beef for the last 2 years.

and i am already making "nibbles"
for the freezer like sausage rolls and palmiers, have got little sausages in a marinade in the freezer - and chice=ken wings done in a bbq marinade in the freezer - hidden so hubby doesn't find them before - going to make my truffles soon well maybe 1st december but maybe 3rd as the 1st is a saturday and its tree up time. cake and puds made, chutneys and pickles made.

buts its all normality here.

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Janice

The food before Christmas

I am lucky enough to have a "practise" run up to Christms and roast turkey, as I have Thanksgiving to do. I do a traditional English turkey roast and all the trimmings. My in-laws like to bring a cranberry and nut relish/sauce which includes nuts and jello (fruit jelly). I don't ever eat it though as I cannot disassociate jelly from dessert with fruit and cream or blancmange - the only way I like to eat it. So come Christmas Day there's no panic, I'm pretty organised and I can enjoy a few drinks before and during cooking the dinner.

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Pan-tastic

The food before Christmas

I make a conscious effort to eat no turkey before Christmas Day and no mince pies apart from home made ones, from only a few days before. there is so much celebrating in the run up to Christmas that if you had turkey every time you wouldn't get the full enjoyment of the marvelous proper roast on Christmas Day, especially if you have invested in something like a really good free range one.

Last year we were only three adults so I had planned to have duck but popped into Waitrose just before they closed on Christmas Eve - I got an amazing free range bronze for just under £8 reduced from £57!!! I literally couldn't believe it! Best thing was because it was completely unplanned I hadn't bothered to do tons of the traditional bits and bobs so we just had it with roast spuds, 2 beg and some chipolatas - much simpler than usual!

 
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