Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas meals

What do you have on Christmas day? Are your meals tried and true favorites? Are they foods you’ve always had?

For breakfast, I’ve served Victorian Tea Pastry (called Pea Tasty by my sons when they were little) plus a fruit salad made of diced pears and apples tossed with a bit of vanilla yogurt. We'll have that this year because it's just so good. Lunch is normal, whatever we’ve been eating lately. That means it will probably be my spicy vegetable soup plus some chips.

Dinner will be different from what I usually make. I’ve made my mother’s pork recipe for years and I do love it but I’m ready to have something else. So I found a recipe for Cornish game hens in Nigella Express cookbook that sounds good and mostly hands off. The recipe calls for putting sweet potatoes right in the roasting pan with the hens. I will put in one for me and a couple of small red potatoes for Kent since he despises sweet potatoes. I’m also making an autumn salad (romaine, diced pears, toasted pecans, feta cheese, dried cranberries plus balsamic vinaigrette), and creamed onions. I already made a pumpkin pie this week and if it’s still around, we’ll have some of that. If not, we’ll have peppermint ice cream.


FreshHell said...

That salad sounds good! And, I LOVE sweet potatoes! We will be eating take-out pizza, I think, since a) I will have been cooking for four days (we have our family shindig on Xmas Eve) and b) it's the only thing all four of us will eat. I'd love to have lasagne or something but then the children would be left to forage for berries or something.

kittiesx3 said...

I absolutely love sweet potatoes but Kent thinks they are vile. And since he indulges me in my hatred of spinach, I can't really poke fun at him.

Kent J said...

Kent KNOWS they are vile.

Diane Russell said...

All traditions are out the window this year, since it will just be me and the cat. I'll have a piece (or three) of homemade gingerbread loaf for breakfast with my coffee.

My meal will be comfort food. Salmon croquettes (even better as tomorrow's leftovers), a baked potato, and Lima beans. Jay gets a few bites of salmon when I open it, so it's a treat for us both.

I'm not baking dessert since my daughter gave me a box of Godiva chocolates.

Speaking of traditions, in Texas we always had black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck. I've done that all my life.

kittiesx3 said...

I dated a boy in high school whose family also always had black-eyed peas on New Year's too, plus raccoon. Supposedly it was for good luck. I did try it but I've never liked black-eyed peas and as I recall, I was a little too squicked out by the idea of raccoon to do more than take a tiny token taste.

Jeanne said...

We have always made turkey, but this year we bought a goose because the jokes and songs are too good, no matter how the thing tastes. I always make cornbread dressing (started today). We have mashed white potatoes and sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top. And pecan pie. And that green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and crispy onion rings.