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What will be on your plate at Christmas?

10:31 UK time, Monday, 20 December 2010

Turkey, roast spuds, nut roast and stuffing are just some of the Christmas foods that will be adorning our tables. What will you be cooking?

Everyone has their own take on these festive staples and other Christmas recipes and we would like you to share your recipes with us and each other.

If you bring flavours from another country to your Christmas table, or cook something that is your own special but different meal, then get in touch.

What are your Christmas recipes? Do you have special recipe for stuffing? Do you have any tips for cooking the turkey? How do you make the perfect nut roast? Has turkey been banished in favour of something more exotic?

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Well last year I did codfish and potatoes,.. Salt cod is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to find these days.

    This year its back to Turkey et al. I'll probably use Lord Montagues stuffing tho' as I love it.

    hungry already

  • Comment number 2.

    What will be on your plate at Christmas?

    Er, Christmas dinner followed by a couple of hours on HYS debating the big topics of the day................................

  • Comment number 3.

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    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 5.

    I would rather have a good steak on boxing day, and stick to a snacks tuna& mayo sandwich and lots of sweets christmas day.

  • Comment number 6.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 7.

    4. At 10:57am on 20 Dec 2010, Peter Bridgemont wrote:
    Wiki Leeks and chewition fees.

    Wonderful Peter well said!

  • Comment number 8.

    Not very much I saw the price of turkey's at Morrisons on Saturday and I do not expect the prices in other supermarkets are any less, so chicken maybe.

    It tastes roughly the same, and as one who only goes through the motion of Xmas to please the family I could not care less, I will fill up on good wine.

  • Comment number 9.

    This year I will mostly be eating bricks!

  • Comment number 10.

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  • Comment number 11.

    bread and pullit

  • Comment number 12.

    Broad Breasted Norfolk Bronze turkey with all the trimmings on Christmas day and a nice rib of beef for boxing day.

    We will be having our Uncle, 86 and blind, an aunt, 80 and loseing her memory, my mother-in-law, 74 normally lives in Spain and spends all the time saying how cold it is here, with my wife and I both days. At least we can make sure they are all kept warm, well fed and safe!

  • Comment number 13.

    Nothing if I can't get to the shops

  • Comment number 14.

    We have Turkey but only because my brother works in a poultry factory and gets 1 free - if I had my way we would have a lovely beef roast.

    To accompany we will have mashed & roast potatoes (in goose fat - yum), sprouts, carrots, roast parsnips, bread sauce & gravy. We normally have pigs in blanket too but we have a muslim friend coming over this year so we are being polite.

    For me theres nothing better than a roast at Christmas and I wouldn't swap it.

  • Comment number 15.

    The traditional British Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. You just can't beat it!

  • Comment number 16.

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  • Comment number 17.

    Starters: warmed baby beetroots filled with goats cheese, served on a bed of rocket or pate with toast and/or home made oatcakes.
    Main: roast beef served with yorkshire puds, sprouts, parsnips, carrots and roat potatoes.
    Dessert: choclate horns filled with fresh cream and wild berries

    care to join us?


  • Comment number 18.

    Turkey every time, from a local smallholding where we know how the bird was reared.

    Usual festive vegetables, lashings of gravy, and a big dose of English mustard. Nothing exotic at all, unlike a Xmas lunch I went to a few days ago, where I was served with near-raw brussels sprouts and parsnips burned to crisp. It was awful.

  • Comment number 19.

    HYS you are having a laugh now. This is the BBC, we all pay for it and should be able to debate on important issues. Your daily choice of content is now that of CBeebies ! NOW COME ON, give us some decent HYS material.

  • Comment number 20.

    What will be on your plate at Christmas?
    Why, what's special about Christmas that it should be any different?
    - Starving child, somewhere on Earth -

  • Comment number 21.

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  • Comment number 22.

    Nice food. I shall be catering for for ten so I aim to provide something that is tasty and EASY. Stress is to be avoided.

  • Comment number 23.

    Nothing ! I have learnt to spend my chrismas the way I currently live my life. Loneliness is the most golden way to celebrate. I adopted lonly chrismas celebration 2009 after a terrible hurt emotional during a chrimas party. My chrismas is now a strictly spiritual affair.I am happier that way here in kuwait.

  • Comment number 24.

    17. At 11:24am on 20 Dec 2010, holierthanthou wrote:
    Starters: warmed baby beetroots filled with goats cheese, served on a bed of rocket or pate with toast and/or home made oatcakes.
    Main: roast beef served with yorkshire puds, sprouts, parsnips, carrots and roat potatoes.
    Dessert: choclate horns filled with fresh cream and wild berries

    care to join us?
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    I actually let out a little moan when I read this (not good when I'm trying to be subtle as I'm at work...) Snow depending, I'll be there around 12! I might even bring a bottle or 10 or wine if you're lucky ;-)

    Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast too, right?

  • Comment number 25.

    19. At 11:28am on 20 Dec 2010, SaveourCountry wrote:
    HYS you are having a laugh now. This is the BBC, we all pay for it and should be able to debate on important issues. Your daily choice of content is now that of CBeebies ! NOW COME ON, give us some decent HYS material.
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    Booooooooooooooooo you scrooge!

  • Comment number 26.

    Not cooking, we're off to the local pub this year.
    Did it last year too, no hassle, no shopping and fighting the other shoppers on Christmas eve. Best of all no washing up and it's supporting our local pub in difficult times.
    For a family of four, its cheaper to eat out than buying turkey and trimmings and cooking it all. Best of all NO WASHING UP!
    We'll be having traditional turkey.

  • Comment number 27.

    What will be on your plate at Christmas?

    Whatever my wife, mum, mother in law and sister in law make.

    Lucky me. They love cooking and are all very good at it.

    I'll be running a bit over christmas as well, to get rid of the extra half a stone.


    And #19 - my dinner with my family on Christmas Day, reflecting on how lucky I am to be having it and enjoying myself IS a VERY important issue to me.

  • Comment number 28.

    Nothing out of the ordinary - it's just another day.

  • Comment number 29.

    I will be on an aircraft over India - so whatever the airline puts on.

    However, given the chaos at Heathrow, I might be forced to stay at home. So that means eating nothing much as I haven't bought anything for Xmas seeing as I'm not supposed to be here!

  • Comment number 30.

    Having just been made redundant due to government cutbacks I won't be having a Christmas.

    I'm sure Cameron and co. will be having their goose, turkey, venison etc. in their 5 course Christmas dinners.

    We're all in it together. Yeah of course we are.

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    "19. At 11:28am on 20 Dec 2010, SaveourCountry wrote:
    HYS you are having a laugh now. This is the BBC, we all pay for it and should be able to debate on important issues. Your daily choice of content is now that of CBeebies ! NOW COME ON, give us some decent HYS material. "

    Well said. But you can't have the peasants discussing things, they might actually get organised and do something...

  • Comment number 31.

    Like Mike from Brum, we're off to the local pub.
    Every single food-serving pub in local area is fully booked (and has been since July!!!). Atmosphere will be great, decor is awesome and decent beer to swill. Full traditional Xmas lunch, with starter, dessert, mince pies etc etc. NO DISHES. 5 of us - £250. Bargain. Do it every year and it just gets better.

  • Comment number 32.

    It's either heat or eat so, right now, it'll be fish fingers.

  • Comment number 33.

    24. At 11:40am on 20 Dec 2010, lucyloopy wrote:


    I actually let out a little moan when I read this (not good when I'm trying to be subtle as I'm at work...) Snow depending, I'll be there around 12! I might even bring a bottle or 10 or wine if you're lucky ;-)

    Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast too, right?

    ===
    Yes of course...dont worry about the weather I will send round the breadtray and huskies.

  • Comment number 34.

    "What will be on your plate at Christmas"? is the HYS question.

    Something exotic and yet internationally unpopular. In the wild, it is elusive, yet feeds freely everywhere.

    Yes, the slow roasted, and well basted, head of a banker covered by a lovely jug of EU Commission gravy train? Yum.

  • Comment number 35.

    23. At 11:38am on 20 Dec 2010, osuagwu wrote:
    Nothing ! I have learnt to spend my chrismas the way I currently live my life. Loneliness is the most golden way to celebrate. I adopted lonly chrismas celebration 2009 after a terrible hurt emotional during a chrimas party. My chrismas is now a strictly spiritual affair.I am happier that way here in kuwait.
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    Blimey!

    Your not related to trina by any chance?


    95. At 12:46pm on 18 Dec 2010, Trina wrote:
    The politics of Christmas parties - reputational damage, sucking up to the boss or who you think might be the boss next year, realising that your respected colleagues are hen-pecked and married to monsters, staying sober and yet never needing to drink to soften the boredom more...

    I've ducked and dived many a Christmas do and never regretted it.
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    Oh well, i hope you are both very happy?
    Personaly i shall be pigging it then sleeping all afternoon.

    And as for this.....
    20. At 11:29am on 20 Dec 2010, Cosmologic wrote:
    What will be on your plate at Christmas?
    Why, what's special about Christmas that it should be any different?
    - Starving child, somewhere on Earth -

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    Blimey again, Oh yes thank you for pointing that out!!

    So now i shall just sit in the snow thrashing myself with stinging nettles, is that ok?

  • Comment number 36.

    I just wish I felt up to eating all the goodies that others enjoy. Ill health means a frugal meal and no alcohol. Anyone care to join me??

  • Comment number 37.

    Duck!

  • Comment number 38.

    Was never a lover of any christmas dinner,all that trouble for some bright spark to have a go about something or other.These days I please myself and have a bit of everything with salad.Mind you next year we will all be eating dog food or grass!

  • Comment number 39.

    A death free Christmas for me again.
    No Turkey, no meats of any kind. Didnt even kill a christmas tree this year.
    Its a really pleasent feeling to know that you didnt actually kill a anything. Try it one year.
    Good will to all men and animals.

  • Comment number 40.

    SaveourCountry wrote:

    HYS you are having a laugh now. This is the BBC, we all pay for it and should be able to debate on important issues. Your daily choice of content is now that of CBeebies ! NOW COME ON, give us some decent HYS material.

    ********************************************

    Presumably you're missing the chance to have yet another poke at immigrants and overseas aid? I mostly abhor the dumbing down of the BBC HYS site, but anything that gets xenophobes and NIMBYs off the pages has got to be a good thing

  • Comment number 41.

    .... oh, and BBC....they're called POTATOES!

  • Comment number 42.

    A cold buffet of Turkey, Ham, Russian Salad, various cheeses dips smoked salmon, and olives. Then the whole family can enjoy Christmas Day, and no one is stuck in the kitchen all morning and half the afternoon preparing a lunch.

  • Comment number 43.

    We'll sit down to a goose, at my brother-in-law's, whilst his wife drones on about how "no one does goose any more, and aren't roast potatoes much better in goose-fat, and you have to drain off the fat, but not too much, 'cause otherwise it can get a bit dry".
    And the vegetables will be served over-cooked and barely warm, because we'll have waited fifteen minutes for my brother-in-law to drone on about the virtues of the electric carving-knife, "but you've got to give the bird time to relax, before you carve it".
    I don't know how the bird manages it, but I sure as hell can't relax.



  • Comment number 44.

    I'll be having the full turkey spectacular, (along with bacon sarnies in the morning) Last year my mum admitted that my roast spuds were better than hers, I was so pleased! (cooking xmas dinner for the parents is a big deal for a girl!) & proud :)
    For afters it's birthday cake as it's my birthday christmas day.

    Wishing all the HYSers a fabulous christmas & a very happy new year!
    Eat drink & be merry ;)

  • Comment number 45.

    20. At 11:29am on 20 Dec 2010, Cosmologic wrote:
    What will be on your plate at Christmas?
    Why, what's special about Christmas that it should be any different?
    - Starving child, somewhere on Earth -
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    Blimey again, Oh yes thank you for pointing that out!!
    So now i shall just sit in the snow thrashing myself with stinging nettles, is that ok?
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    By all means, if that sort of thing gives you pleasure.
    Here’s an alternative: send some money to a reputable charity.

  • Comment number 46.

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  • Comment number 47.

    I stick to my timetable over the festive seasons. Loads of fruit and veg for salads. No meat, no pork, no turkey. A fish maybe under the grill and a squeeze of lemon to go down with roasted tropical root crops to fortify me with FIBRE and CARBOHYDRATES. Definitely no cooking oil, butter, margarine or lard and finally NO SUGAR, NO SALT, NO ALCOHOL !! A JOG IN THE PARK IN THE MORNING AND EVENING TOO !! I'm happier and healthier this way, so I can get in touch with you through HYS and AUNTIE BEEB, and may I wish you all a happy festive holiday !!

  • Comment number 48.

    My son and I will be starting off with lobster salad, followed by roast partridge with sauted potatoes and wine and mushroom sauce. We will probably have Christmas pudding. I shall be washing this down with Champagne, Corton-Charlemagne, Vosne-Romanee, Sauternes and Armagnac XO, probably only one glass of each though.

  • Comment number 49.

    Fed up with dry turkey - 3 tips.

    1. Brine the bird overnight beforehand - you will be stunned at the difference this makes to the taste and juiciness of the turkey. One of the simplest processes which yields a massive result. Only problem is there will be no gravy as all the juice stays in the turkey.
    2. Truss the turkey - don't let the wings and legs flail around - they will cook early then burn. Cut of the wing tips for gravy and tie the legs and wings close to the body of the bird making for even cooking.
    3. Cook the turkey upside down for the first 3/4 of its cooking time - the juices will fall into the breast rather than into the back. Turn it over for the last 1/4 to brown the skin on the breast.

  • Comment number 50.

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  • Comment number 51.

    39. At 12:19pm on 20 Dec 2010, PipeVVorm wrote:

    A death free Christmas for me again.
    No Turkey, no meats of any kind. Didnt even kill a christmas tree this year.
    Its a really pleasent feeling to know that you didnt actually kill a anything. Try it one year.
    Good will to all men and animals.

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    We have a plastic optical tree so no death there but most of my meals have meat somewhere. Love a good piece of meat in my meal and xmas will be no different. Some form of roast I am certain.

    Good will to all regardless of your taste in food.

  • Comment number 52.

    32. At 12:01pm on 20 Dec 2010, Toothpick Harry wrote:
    It's either heat or eat so, right now, it'll be fish fingers.
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    MAN, things must be hard for you. You could always sell your computer and cancel your broadband . . .

  • Comment number 53.

    52. At 12:54pm on 20 Dec 2010, NaiveOrleans wrote:
    32. At 12:01pm on 20 Dec 2010, Toothpick Harry wrote:
    It's either heat or eat so, right now, it'll be fish fingers.
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    MAN, things must be hard for you. You could always sell your computer and cancel your broadband . . .
    ======================================================================
    Things couldn't be worse, pensioners in Britain get ignored, they're treated as bit of a nuisance and forgotten. I just wish christmas wasn't thrown in our face every year, I've had my good times though. And by the way, it's not my computer or broadband.

  • Comment number 54.

    15. At 11:17am on 20 Dec 2010, Sue Denim wrote:

    The traditional British Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. You just can't beat it!


    So you won't be having turkey then given thats a modern innovation and not at all traditional, it was introduced to this country around 1525 but was too expensive for most people till the 1950's, though it did largely replace swans, cranes and peacock as a feasting bird (not just christmas) for the very rich.

    There isn't really a traditional English christmas meat, it depended more on local tradition and what people could get, which for most was not much, goose at christmas is certainly referred to quite often though. There are many historical references to Brawn at christmas, the head of a pig or sheep boiled, recipes vary on whether the eyes should be left in or not. The brains need to be removed first to be delicately poached and added back later. This mixture with onions and other vegetables added, was preserved in jelly or aspic. In Lark Rise in the 1880's, according to Flora Thompson, the traditional Christmas meal for the farm workers was Ox becuase that's what the farmer slaughtered for them as a treat, the rest of the time a tiny bit of pork was pretty much their only meat. The children typically got a handful of nuts and an orange as a present. If you go back further the staple diet of ordainary people was pottage and christmas was no different, a kind of stew with cereal, vegetables and any available bits of meat (not much) thrown in. Plum pudding may haave developed out of a variation on this, and has some claim to be a traditional chrismas dish although it was popularised in its modern form by Prince Albert in the 1840's.
    During WWII the weekly meat ration of four ounces of bacon and/or ham was not increased.

    So if you're really going to be traditional this year then you should maybe present the family with brawn (boiled head, eyes in or out is your choice mixed with poached brain and vegetables, all preserved in aspic) followed by plum pudding, an orange and a small handful of nuts.

  • Comment number 55.

    I'm only young, but this is one time of year I'll be making a slap up meal for me and my room mate. I'll probably do a prawn cocktail to start with, and then roasted chicken, roast potatoes, sage and onion stuffing, home made yorkshire puds, roasted carrots, pigs in blankets and home made gravy.

    Gravy is always the best when you make a roux using the juice from the meat and flour, then add milk or water to it until it makes gravy. Can't wait can't wait!

    Dessert, if we survive the large amount of food that far, will be cheese and crackers- the pudding would be just wasted if we tried to shove it down on top of that meal, so it's generally saved for later on :)

  • Comment number 56.

    Ham broiled in the oven then roasted with honey and mustard, boiled potatoes, brussels sprouts (yes we love them) carrots, a gravy and a glass of wine.

    I celebrate the Yuletide and tomorrow is the Solstice so hey the days are getting longer already!!!

    25th is and always has been a day of significance for many religions of the past and present so lets all enjoy it and hopefully HYS will ask other questions of import such as...What was in your Christmas Stocking????

  • Comment number 57.

    Well HYS.... x factor results the other day and now "what are you having for xmas dinner". In my obvious ignorance and stupidity I had completely failed to realise that these were truly the most important subjects for reasoned debate at this time...

  • Comment number 58.

    I'm having duck....with chips!

  • Comment number 59.

    46. At 12:36pm on 20 Dec 2010, maxine_maxine wrote:
    9. At 11:07am on 20 Dec 2010, The Real Individualists wrote:
    This year I will mostly be eating bricks!
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    Come, even if these are metaphorical bricks, you deserve better. It is the season of good tidings & good cheer, so why spoil it for others just because you feel cheesed off!
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    Yes you are right - forget all this nonsense about eating bricks - I'm off to M&S to purchase their biggest fattest turkey and all the trimmings - Lets have a feast! Oh dear can't get out the house - the snow is up to the roof and all the roads are covered in thick ice. At times like this I wish I owned an Helicopter. ;-)

    Back to the bricks then!

  • Comment number 60.


    58. At 1:12pm on 20 Dec 2010, chiptheduck wrote:

    I'm having duck....with chips!

    ++++

    oh dear! we might not be reading you next year then.

  • Comment number 61.

    Don't know yet! Going to the Lakes and havent seen the menu :-)

  • Comment number 62.

    60. At 1:21pm on 20 Dec 2010, holierthanthou wrote:

    58. At 1:12pm on 20 Dec 2010, chiptheduck wrote:

    I'm having duck....with chips!

    ++++

    oh dear! we might not be reading you next year then.

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    Self-cannibalism! It's all the rage :0)

  • Comment number 63.

    We are having roast rib of beef with homemade Yorkshire pudding and lots of lovely vegetables. Of course we will have mustard and horseraddish sauce. This will be followed by Christmas Pudding and brandy butter. Then we will relax in front of the real fire with toasted chestnuts and a glass of port. Our brother is over from Australia this year and we are doing a traditional English Christmas with all the pomp and circumstance!!

  • Comment number 64.

    What will be on my plate. Hopefully nothing Halal, although you never can tell with so many supermarketes signed up to the stealth implementation of sharia, a cause dear to the political establishments heart. Meantime, a happy dhimmi Christmas to all at the biased bbc.

  • Comment number 65.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 66.

    "65. At 1:32pm on 20 Dec 2010, maxine_maxine wrote:

    No pukka British is Xenophobic"

    I could have sworn I was reading an English speaking message board. Seems not with that incoherent attempt at a sentence. It's so nice to see the dumbing down by the BBC in practice.

  • Comment number 67.

    I can read minds: this current topic was to rouse the rabble and get every yokel joke aimed at Christianity and Christmas. But it hasn't much worked, has it? I'm reading of Yorkshire pudding and roast beef and ducks dipped in tomato sauce.

    Thank God that the people now appreciate that they must preserve and respect a season and a festival that offers the promise of peace and goodwill to all men instead of the mayhem and chaos the world's systems deliver everyday.

  • Comment number 68.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 69.

    Dust with a side dish of snow!

  • Comment number 70.

    Same as every year, black round things with black crunchy long things all covered in gravy to disguise them. But great company so it`ll be a great christmas :-)

  • Comment number 71.

    I keep reading 'pigs in blankets'. I've never heard of this. Is it posh? It's not literal is it? (I've only got quilts and sheets...). A whole pig? Sorry - I'm from Yorkshire originally - and we 'dint do posh'.. We had quality street though.

  • Comment number 72.

    I keep reading 'pigs in blankets'. I've never heard of this. Is it posh? It's not literal is it? (I've only got quilts and sheets...). A whole pig? Sorry - I'm from Yorkshire originally - and we 'dint do posh'.. We had quality street though.

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    It's little sausages wrapped in bacon rashers :) And quality street are the best. Much better than cadbury's roses!

  • Comment number 73.

    Corum-populo-2010
    I don't eat anything that's had a face. Don't think it's a civilised or healthy idea to put an end to the life of some other creature that lives and breathes the air and looks up at the sky like we do just so I can chew up its dead flesh. But head of banker and EU sauce... now, I could join you there.

  • Comment number 74.

    Goose ,we switched from turkey a few years ago. A farmer near us raises geese for the European market, I get a farm gate discount. Rib of Beef too, Roast potatoes(goose fat of ourse), red cabbage, roast parsnips, glazed carrots with orange zest, plum sauce, lots of Cava and Cote De Rhone, , Xmas pudding to follow.

  • Comment number 75.

    "68. At 2:05pm on 20 Dec 2010, maxine_maxine wrote:

    66. At 1:43pm on 20 Dec 2010, ravenmorpheus2k wrote:
    "65. At 1:32pm on 20 Dec 2010, maxine_maxine wrote:

    No pukka British is Xenophobic"
    incoherent attempt at a sentence
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    It would appear that ravenmorpheus2k is from the lower orders. After all, the British Royalty is Germanic & our Aristocrats are foreign: they speak pukka, not like saying 'incoherent attempt at a sentence'. How feeble! Grow up boy! Tally Ho! I say, you are not my cup of tea, you rotten apple! You are a specimen!"


    Ho. Ho. Ho. I was not referring to your use of the word Pukka I know very well where it originates from and it's usage - it is a word of Hindi or Urdu origin and literally means 'cooked, ripe' and figuratively means 'fully formed', 'solid', 'permanent', 'for real', 'sure'.

    Either way it is not British or a valid part of the English language, unless you are Jamie Oliver.

    One would take a look at your retort and suggest it is you who is feeble and needs to grow up woman!

    Tally ho! What!

  • Comment number 76.

    Not a great deal I'm afraid - literally.
    Mind I must be dumb to do a £15k job, so that's that?!

  • Comment number 77.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 78.

    My christmas dinners are usually not very different from what I eat the rest of the year.

    I do not believe in becoming a glutton or a drunkard just because it is christmas.

    That being said I note HYS is steering clear of controversial christmas themed debates this year.

    Last year they had a religious themed debate, and all the believers and non-believers were out in full war-cry hand-bagging each other.

  • Comment number 79.

    76. At 2:30pm on 20 Dec 2010, chrislabiff wrote:

    Not a great deal I'm afraid - literally.
    Mind I must be dumb to do a £15k job, so that's that?!

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    You work for a living. Be proud of it. Your good enough (or lucky) not to have lost your job.

  • Comment number 80.

    Post 73 - on 20 Dec - 'silverfish1' You are obviously too subtle for me, or have chosen to miss the irony? Never mind.

    Head of banker and pot of EU gravy train is actually my point!

  • Comment number 81.

    Scraps! Cant afford anything else...........

    Maybe some banker could spare a fiver for a turkey from their bonus?

  • Comment number 82.

    Roast Turkey (well basted to keep it moist), roast potatoes, roast turnips and carrots, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, brussels sprouts, 'pigs in blankets', cabbage, champagne, X-mas pudding, custard, X-mas cake, Wassail beer, nuts, dates, crisps, cheesy footballs, sandwiches, sausage rolls, cheese board, a well-known German lager, a well-known French fizzy orange drink, port, quiche, chocolate, chocolate yule log, satsumas, ham.

  • Comment number 83.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 84.

    Turkey, parsnips, roast spuds, Stuffing, yorkshire pud, peas, carrots, sprouts and lashings of gravy. A nice christmas pud with lashings of cream. Later several brandys by the fireside followed by a short and peaceful nap.

  • Comment number 85.

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  • Comment number 86.

    81. At 2:40pm on 20 Dec 2010, pzero wrote:

    Scraps! Cant afford anything else...........

    Maybe some banker could spare a fiver for a turkey from their bonus?

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    Maybe you could get a job? Or pitch in with your struggling neighbours (I assume not only you struggling?) and make fund meal between you? May be a good way to make some friends too who may invite you out again in future?

    Only suggestions but either way have a good xmas.

    I am sure you will have a better one than the homeless guy I look out for. He hasnt been around for the last couple of weeks. Last time I saw him I bought him lunch, thermal socks and some disposable handwarmers (he wont be able to recharge the reusable ones).

  • Comment number 87.

    72. At 2:24pm on 20 Dec 2010, Tychus Findlay wrote:
    I keep reading 'pigs in blankets'. I've never heard of this. Is it posh? It's not literal is it? (I've only got quilts and sheets...). A whole pig? Sorry - I'm from Yorkshire originally - and we 'dint do posh'.. We had quality street though.

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    It's little sausages wrapped in bacon rashers :) And quality street are the best. Much better than cadbury's roses!
    ----------------------
    My dad has always made them (he is from Lancashire), I never thought they were posh as we just use a few cocktail sausages and a bit of bacon.
    Try them this year, I've never met a non-veggie who dosen't like them!

  • Comment number 88.

    Bernard Matthews Turkey Roll type thing from Aldi - £2.00. That's it.

  • Comment number 89.

    The current main course menu and no I am not a banker. I just work for a living.

    Turkey
    Cooked Ham glazed in Honey
    Pigs in blankets (Sausages in bacon wraps)
    Roast potatoes, Parsnips, Roast Nuts
    Stuffing
    Bread Sauce
    Thick Gravy
    Peas, carrots and baby potatoes
    along with herbs
    Lastly a glass or two of sparkling wine

  • Comment number 90.

    Beans on toast unless the roads improve to let me get to the supermarket!

  • Comment number 91.

    I would like to be able to avoid Halal meat because I am deeply offended by anything to do with the religious slaughter of meat.

  • Comment number 92.

    "83. At 2:45pm on 20 Dec 2010, maxine_maxine wrote:

    75. At 2:30pm on 20 Dec 2010, ravenmorpheus2k wrote:
    What is English & a Woman
    ----------
    Thank you for suggesting I am a woman. I indulge in some-cross dressing, actually. I could complain & have you moderated because of your politically incorrect insinuations! LOL!"

    Oh well, forgive me for assuming your alias would indicate you are a woman Maxine. Obviously you are male and French or of some similar foreign origin. Hence your misuse of the Queens English.

    But to be politically correct what should I call you when I don't know you personally, as you do not know me personally yet you see fit to make the assumption that I am of the lower order?!

    I could do the same as you threaten.

  • Comment number 93.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 94.

    We are having roast beef with port wine sauce, potatoes, some vegetables & a nice bottle of wine. Usually I make a turkey but last year I found the best recipe for making roast beef in Cooks Illustrated magazine. It calls for an eye of the round roast which I usually don't prefer to cook but this recipe comes out awesome. The roast doesn't cost that much & its so easy to prepare. You salt the roast for 24 hours before cooking it. Then you cook it in the oven at a low temp for about 1.5 hours. Then you turn off the oven & allow the roast to continue cooking with the residual heat from the oven for another 30 to 50 minutes. It comes out very tender & is much less expensive than a prime rib. You should try it.

    For dessert, we will have Christmas cookies & my 6 year old wants to make a cake shaped like a Christmas tree. Of course, a few cocktails will be had as well.

  • Comment number 95.

    "91. At 3:03pm on 20 Dec 2010, Freedomknight wrote:

    I would like to be able to avoid Halal meat because I am deeply offended by anything to do with the religious slaughter of meat. "

    You won't be having Turkey then. That's slaughtered at Christmas. It is funny how people forget that Christmas is in fact religious.

  • Comment number 96.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 97.

    I'm lucky - my dearly beloved cooks to chef standard and enjoys doing so as long as it's just for me and daughter. He likes to be 'traditional' for Christmas, but as he cooks wonderful stuff the rest of the year I'm happy to indulge him even though it wouldn't be my choice... and I happen to adore sprouts, anyway!

  • Comment number 98.

    "96. At 3:18pm on 20 Dec 2010, maxine_maxine wrote:

    92. At 3:05pm on 20 Dec 2010, ravenmorpheus2k wrote:
    "83. At 2:45pm on 20 Dec 2010, maxine_maxine wrote:
    taking liberties with the Queen's English
    ----------

    And you now threaten me with the Moderators for my implying that you might be from the Lower Orders: I don't believe that Class distinctions in the UK have been a cause for legal fisticuffs, the Toffs always have their way. Much as I love you to death, I must rush. "

    Moderators are not legal. And last time I looked calling someone a woman incorrectly, if that is actually the case, wasn't a cause for legalities either.

    And yet you made the first imputation and threatened me with the moderators.

    Hmm. Pot Kettle Black. I'm sure you can arrange those words and construct a sentence, Max.

    Bye bye. Mind you don't rush too much.

  • Comment number 99.

    Humble pie if the prices in ASDA are anything to go by. TOP TIP, turkey keeps for ages in the freezer, pick one up for a fiver in january and use it next year, asda turkey crowns are 38 quid so save yourself a fortune on next years dinner.

  • Comment number 100.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

 

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