We are getting so much closer to Christmas that I can almost smell the Christmas dinner cooking! And, today that is what this post is all about…Christmas Dinner!
When I was a kid I remember Mum spending so long preparing and cooking the main course of our dinner, the turkey taking the longest, being roasted and basted and roasted some more until it was perfect. The smells in the house were amazing and my brothers and I would eagerly await the meal.
I still stick to a fairly traditional Christmas dinner and have roast parsnips, carrots and potatoes, mashed potato, peas, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower cheese, broccoli, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. The only thing I switch is the meat, I’m pescatarian (I eat fish but most of my food is around 75% vegetarian with a very slow switch over to vegan) and in years past I have cooked a Quorn Vegetarian Roast which has been a big hit with family and friends.
This year I am cooking Christmas dinner with my friend and then having a dinner cooked by my Mum on Boxing Day which will be shared with my brothers, sister in law and my niece and nephew as well as my Mum and Dad. I have no idea what Mum will be cooking but I know that it will be tasty whatever we have. I do know that it will be along the lines of a traditional dinner though, just meat-free for me. The meal that my friend and I will be preparing and cooking will be fairly traditional too though I have been looking at vegan options for the main course and I can’t wait.
Brussel sprouts, peas and broccoli are my favourite veg and I’d be happy with that and vegetable gravy! I like to just steam those and then serve. The roast root vegetables (parsnips and carrots) always get part roasted in oil with a tiny bit of salt before I remove from the oven and drizzle with maple syrup before they go back into the oven to finish off. I find that the maple syrup adds to the sweetness of the vegetables and gives them a sticky, almost chewy consistency which is lovely.
Most of my energy goes into the preparation of the vegetables – so much peeling and chopping before cooking but, having some music on and a nice glass of gin and tonic help the time to pass quickly! I am really looking forward to all the preparation and cooking of dinner this year!
What are your favourite things to serve for the main meal on Christmas day? I’d love to hear about what you have so let me know in the comments!