It’s the 22nd of December when I write this, and it’s our first Christmas since we arrived in the UK that we aren’t going out for Christmas lunch.
Last year (and the year before) we went out to a local pub for lunch, and it cost £49.50 a head for a decent starter, a roast, and a really nice chocolate dessert. It was (mostly) really nice, and at the time we were happy to spend the money. This year, however, the thought of spending over £150 for a lunch physically hurts, especially when I know with very little effort we can do something so much nicer at home!
We have sat down and had a chat about what we would all like to do for Christmas. In South Africa, my side of the family is fairly large, and very loud, in the best way! We get together on Christmas Eve, and we do the time honoured South African tradition of everyone bringing a dish to share.
So there is loads of food, laughter and wine, and the table groans as loud as our tummies after the meal.
Christmas Lunch was quieter, but no less lovely. We used to go to Bretts Mum for Christmas lunch, along with his Aunts and Cousins, if they were visiting, It’s a much quieter but no less fun afternoon, and my Mother in Law had a moment of genius a few years ago when it came to food. Its really hot in South Africa at Christmas, and the 25th is invariably sweltering, so a roast for lunch is just too much! She decided that what we should do is have everyone bring their favourite food to share for Christmas lunch, and it works so beautifully. It’s a proper hodge podge of food, but it feels like family and love, and we all leave full, relaxed and replete.
For our Christmas dinner for 3 we are swopping those plans around. On Christmas Eve we are having Sweet and Sour Chicken from the SaveMoney Good Food cookbook, which you can find here:
We are making the Sweet and Sour Pork on page 174, but subbing chicken in for the pork. On Christmas day we are doing the roast with trimmings. We really don’t like turkey, so we are doing a Roast Chicken, with Yorkies and Roasties, and also a pigs in blankets roast. I had this at our work Christmas lunch and it was amazing. I’m taking the filling for my homemade Sausage and Tomato rolls, and instead of wrapping them in pastry, I’m going to wrap them in Bacon, which will then get roasted alongside the chicken! I’m hoping most of this can be pre-prepped so on Christmas day we can have a relaxed meal together and go to the pub for a wee drink!