Christmas food or drink recommendations, or otherwise..

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Christmas food or drink recommendations, or otherwise..

Post by Samba » Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:48 am

Obviously, this can never be an exact science, owing to subjectivity but, it might help to decide.
I'll start with two premium brands of mince pie.
I bought some Tesco Finest Deep Filled Mince Pies with Courvoisier VS Cognac & tasted them. - Ok, but nothing special.
Then I tried Sainsbury Taste The Difference 6 All Butter Mince Pies Infused With Brandy. - Wow, superb. Really sweet & buttery.
I haven't tried any others (yet)..

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Post by V-M » Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:07 am

Mince pies are nasty.

So are brussel sprouts, but weirdly I have to have some with my turkey otherwise it wouldn't be a proper Xmas dinner.

Yeah I'm odd Image

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Post by S-H » Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:23 am

V-M wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:07 am


So are brussel sprouts, but weirdly I have to have some with my turkey otherwise it wouldn't be a proper Xmas dinner.
Image
Me too, what a horrible tradition.

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Post by Monkey Mike » Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:27 am

I love brussel sprouts, especially fried up with leftover spuds.

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Post by southbrishammer » Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:37 am

We've been getting a goose rather than a turkey for the last few years. You can get them for £20 from the Lidl freezer section, not as much meat as you would get on a turkey but the flavour is amazing, like melt in your mouth duck. Highly recommended.

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Post by last.caress » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:42 am

Chop your sprouts in half and fry them in butter with bacon lardons. :thup:
southbrishammer wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:37 am
We've been getting a goose rather than a turkey for the last few years. You can get them for £20 from the Lidl freezer section, not as much meat as you would get on a turkey but the flavour is amazing, like melt in your mouth duck. Highly recommended.
We've thought about getting a goose but we're reluctant because neither of us particularly like duck and I've always just assumed they'd be very similar. When we've tried duck it tends to stink the house out with a cloying, fatty smell. Nasty. We always have turkey on the plate but we haven't bought a whole bird in years and years. We usually buy something smaller like a turkey crown and then pair it up with some other meat. This year it'll be a lamb leg, last year a beef joint, the year before I think we had a big ham.

Each year, I seriously contemplate having an Indian takeout Christmas. Just get a massive, oversized and overindulgent takeout from the local Indian on Christmas Eve, three times the size we'd usually have because it's Christmas, ram it all in the fridge and just warm it all up on the day. Lay it out all over the table still in its takeout boxes. I think it sounds great but mrs.caress backs out of the idea every year.

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Post by Samba » Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:58 pm

last.caress wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:42 am
Chop your sprouts in half and fry them in butter with bacon lardons. :thup:
Bacon lardons are extremely fattening.
Every time you eat them, you put lard on...

We're having octopuss this year so that everyone gets a leg..

I'm here all week..

Ok, I'll get me coat..

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Post by southbrishammer » Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:03 pm

LC - if you don't like duck, you won't like goose. The flavour is similar, but goose has a lot more fat and is more tender.

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Post by Samba » Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:06 pm

V-M wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:07 am
So are brussel sprouts, but weirdly I have to have some with my turkey otherwise it wouldn't be a proper Xmas dinner.
Yeah I'm odd Image
If something is that nasty, it MUST be good for us..
I think one of the biggest turn-offs about them was always the bitter taste (they have a naturally occurring bitter compound in them to try to limit pest damage while they're growing) but did you know that much of that bitterness has since been deliberately bred out of them & that they are actually now, far less bitter, than they used to be.
They must have been BLOODY good for us, years ago.

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Post by Samba » Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:12 pm

southbrishammer wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:03 pm
LC - if you don't like duck, you won't like goose. The flavour is similar, but goose has a lot more fat and is more tender.
My sister bought a goose for Christmas once. She ended up with quite a nasty hand injury because she didn't know that geese have got a particularly nasty claw on them.
I told her she should have bought a dead one..
(It was already dead really).
Have to say, I prefer turkey but yes, it probably has got more taste than turkey.
Another year, she bought a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird.
I didn't care for it..

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Post by old fart » Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:14 pm

Monkey Mike wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:27 am
I love brussel sprouts, especially fried up with leftover spuds.
A little chopped smoked bacon elevates to ambrosia

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Post by jastons » Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:24 pm

For those of you having Turkey, where are you getting your bird? We have left it late this year due to an unfortunate change in plans so probably from a Supermarket.

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Post by Concerned of Canvey » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:32 pm

jastons wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:24 pm
For those of you having Turkey, where are you getting your bird? We have left it late this year due to an unfortunate change in plans so probably from a Supermarket.
Local butcher, same as the last few years getting them to bone and roll it.

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Post by S-H » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:38 pm

Eating out for Christmas dinner this year. First time ever.

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Post by Tenbury » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:08 pm

In my house on C . Day, everyone eats their favourite stuff. The kids always choose lasagna,handy as I can cook it the day before, and I eat king prawns and bread pudding.
The only 'Christmasy ' stuff I like is the small individual Xmas puds you get @Lidls. for about a quid.I buy 10 or 12 , and eat them throughout the year.

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Post by S-H » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:13 pm

I'm sure there's a guy on here who likes a distilled alcoholic drink, made by fermenting then distilling sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice.

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Post by Tenbury » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:59 pm

We won away.....he'll be well into his Christmas stash by now.....

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Post by Samba » Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:10 pm

Tenbury wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:59 pm
We won away.....he'll be well into his Christmas stash by now.....
Spoiler bloody alert!
I've only just got in, had no idea of any results & thought I'd be well & truly safe on this thread before watching the highlights on motd...
BOLLOX!

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Post by Tenbury » Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:08 am

:lol: :lol:

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Post by The Old Man of Storr » Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:26 pm

Ok , I'm only giving out this little secret because you all live so far away and won't be taking any of my share -

Last year I discovered ' Asda Brandy Buttercream Mince Pies ' and I tell you what , they are the MOST DELICIOUS mince pies EVER - nothing like your traditional mince pies .

I went looking for them around 4 weeks back - ' Not in store yet but we have these ' - ' No thanks ' .

Went shopping yesterday with the rest of the population of Morayshire and .......I found them . :scarfer: :scarfer: :scarfer:

Bought 4 boxes .

I'm going back there this week for some more .

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