When you’ve got kids, you’re forced into thinking about Christmas earlier and earlier every year. The TV channels are full of adverts for children’s toys, so Santa’s letter is going to be a very long list this year. For me, I’m thinking about the food. I love Christmas time and all the different dishes that go on the festive table. I’m already delving into my recipe books to prepare the Christmas cake!
Lots of you know I used to be a foodie blogger a long time ago. I love food, and I really enjoy cooking it. Christmas dinner is one of the hardest cooking challenges for me, though. Perhaps it’s because there is so much of it, or maybe it’s because I want it all to be so perfect. I’ve already measured up the oven to see just how big a turkey I can fit in there!
Cooking for all the family and relatives at Christmas is fun for me, despite the challenges. I love having a big turkey, although I only do a crown if the numbers are right. We binge on the veggies too. There are Brussels and broccoli for those who’ll eat them. Then we have roasted carrots and parsnips, two types of potatoes, cauliflower cheese, and peas.
Somewhere on the plates you need to find room for those cute pigs-in-blankets, some stuffing, and the gravy. And then, on top of all that, I have to throw in some home made Yorkshire puddings! I can’t help myself. I love to feast at this time of year. We always order our hampers online too, so that gets cracked open for the wine as we sit down to our meal.
I love it when there is food out for nibbling all day at Christmas. The diets all go out the window for everyone who comes over! We have prawn rings and meat platters. There are cheese boards and fancy treats. Then there are all the traditional Christmas sweets like Yule Logs, Christmas Pudding and cake. We set our pud alight by heating up some brandy on the hob. Keep the kids clear, though!
It’s really easy to get carried away with the food at Christmas time. My hamper doesn’t last long with everyone over to enjoy the goodies inside. We all grab bits and pieces from it as we’re opening the presents. I love watching my family open their presents. Christmas for me is a happy and contented day with full tummies and excited kids.
There are still several weeks to go until the big day, though. That gives me plenty of time to get everything prepared. I’ve still got to figure out where all the guests will be staying this year! I usually start my gift shopping after Fireworks Night. But this year, I think I might just start a little earlier to avoid the crowds.
When it comes to shopping for the food for Christmas, I love browsing all the Christmas markets that pop up in the towns. They are a great place to find unusual foods and decorations. How do you do Christmas?