Christmas Dinner is going to be a bit different in our house this year…
The centre-piece of Christmas Day, in the past it has been the focus of weeks of preparation. We gather tips, tricks and recipes from all the major TV Chefs through religious dedication to each of their “Christmas Specials”. Over time, layer upon layer, a luxurious feast is conjured up in our minds.
A “gravy” day and a “stuffing” day preceded the main event. Christmas Eve was spent in preparation, the first of the bottles of Christmas wine were cracked open to raise the spirits and foster the creative juices.
Lists were written and re-written; trying to make sure that nothing was forgotten in the dark recesses of the fridge and that it all arrived, cooked to perfection, in precise synchronisation.
Not so much so far for me this year…
This time around it’s taken a while for my excitement and enthusiasm to build, I think largely because a healthy diet and abstinence are incompatible with Christmas “highlights” (habits or traditions?) of old.
My contribution to preparations started yesterday with a trip to M&S to collect the Christmas order… not an insignificant task as it turned out. I heroically stood in line for 90 minutes, holding my nerve as our allotted “window” came and went. The relaxation techniques I learned at Cardiac Rehab came in handy as I “patiently” waited my turn. Others didn’t fare so well… losers! How can the Christmas rush come as a surprise to large stores?
Having safely commandeered the supplies, today marks the start of the preparations proper. I’m not going to worry so much about what I eat on Christmas Day, but I’ll still going to err on the side of healthiness and restraint.
Slabs of extra butter have been removed from the ingredients list and no geese will be harmed in the making of our Roast Potatoes this year. I love Roast Potatoes… crispy on the outside and fluffy in the centre. Goose fat used to be the Christmas “treat” that made them extra-indulgent and tasty. As I haven’t enjoyed a Roast Potato since June, I think even an ordinary one will do the trick!
Fortunately Turkey is good, I can pile into that, and of course the Vegetables are generally OK (although look at the packets on prepared veg, you never know what they’ll add!). I’m even going to have a little gravy… very exciting!
Right… that little monologue has got me right in the mood, and it’s just started snowing outside! Brussels Sprouts, here I come!
Merry Christmas everyone!