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Christmas was great! I was actually way more organised than I thought I’d be, and wrote out a cooking plan of attack and everything (basically, what needed to go in the Thermomix and oven when). That’s…so unlike me. But it was my first Christmas cooking the whole Christmas lunch; mum’s been hinting for many a year that she would rather like to not do it all. I found it easier in our little kitchen to just take on the job of doing it all rather than sharing, so I put mum in charge of table setting and drinks, and set to my tasks.

This is what was on the menu:

  • Mixed berry daiquiris (made them up)
  • Turkey roll with cranberry and cherry sauce (from Festive Flavour)
  • Roast pork (non-Thermomix, just roasted the meat in the oven)
  • Yorkshire puddings from the Recipe Community
  • Smashed potatoes with rosemary salt (from Festive Flavour)
  • Steamed greens (just added these to the Varoma at the end of the turkey steaming)
  • Mama Grace’s Christmas pudding with custard (recipe converted by me, will load up to the Recipe Community soon)
  • Gingerbread house (made by me in a Thermomix gingerbread mould with the recipe that came with the mould, smashed by Nick, as is our tradition)
I started cooking when we got home from church at about 10:45, and we ate at about 2pm. In the middle there was present unwrapping and cocktail drinking too, while the cooking merrily continued.
And it all went off without a hitch! The only thing was the gravy ended up being a bit too salty, but if that’s the worst of your woes, then you’re not doing too badly, right? All the food was hot, mum and Nick were most satisfied with the deliciousness. So I declare my first attempt at cooking the whole Christmas lunch (and using the Thermomix to do it) a triumph! A tasty, tasty triumph.
Here’s what it looked like:
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A lot of food for the three of us, yes. But it happens every year. It means we can send Nick home with lots of food, and I can have pudding for breakfast on Boxing Day (I did restrain myself from making a trifle, which is what I usually eat for post-Christmas breakfast). And also, bubble and squeak! It’s the leftover meal that’s as fun to say as it is delicious to eat (ie, very).
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I hope you had a great Christmas!