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Mustang



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 14 11:28 pm    Post subject: What to cook for xmas this year? Reply with quote
    

So, every year, I try new recipes. I've tried mutton leg, beef rib, 12-bird roast, porcetta, cockeral, goose, turkey, rabbit, etc.

What should I try this year? What would challenge me to cook (realistic though to acquire, so no kangeroo haunch etc).

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 14 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How many people are you feeding? And what sort of stuff do they like?

Mustang



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 14 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

This year, 6 adults, 2 kids. I don't really worry about what they like or dislike .. I give them excellent food and its up to them if they eat it or not. I like challenging recipes for xmas, which give a 'wow' factor.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How about something without meat? That's got to be the most challenging!

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

oooh dangeroos

how about lots of veggie things and a few meaty things

and a cake

Piggyphile



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Something fishy? Out here they do newborn suckling pig but it looks so awful in supermarkets, like a shrink wrapped foetus (which it is really) that I have never felt tempted.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have friends who did Sea bass one year. It was for four so not so expensive. They loved it.
Were doing turkey crown - we havnt eaten turkey for over 10 years....

Nick



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mustang wrote:
This year, 6 adults, 2 kids. I don't really worry about what they like or dislike .. I give them excellent food and its up to them if they eat it or not. I like challenging recipes for xmas, which give a 'wow' factor.


It's not excellent if they don't like it. Are you really cooking for them, or for you?

That said, what are your thoughts on dessert? You sound like you've majored on the main course, so dessert may challenge you more. Also, it's much more likely to be able to be prepared in advance, with last minute finishing. Make an edible snow scene? Large platter, mountainous base made of sponge cakes, snowy frosting, marzipan figures, chocolate or gingerbread chalets, frozen lake, tons of space to play with sorbets for snow drifts, foams and even dry ice fog. Spun sugar icicles, chocolate and mint leaves for trees, and so on.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I like this idea - edible snow scene.
We are all fruit bats, so could do something fruity with a difference.

(Chocolate leaves is a lovely idea). Im going to try this!

Nick



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Pondering further, in the bath, black/red currants sprayed with edible paint, as baubles.

Fruits covered in coconut as snow balls, or snow men, or boulders, or whatever.

You could go to town.

Last edited by Nick on Mon Dec 01, 14 8:57 am; edited 1 time in total

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Rob R wrote:
How about something without meat? That's got to be the most challenging!
Are you trying to provoke my inner-Troll, making me suggest steak a la tartare?

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We're doing chicken shawarma on Blacksmith's spit roast for Boxing Day

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tahir wrote:
We're doing chicken shawarma on Blacksmith's spit roast for Boxing Day
nice👍

mochyn



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tahir wrote:
We're doing chicken shawarma on Blacksmith's spit roast for Boxing Day


Lovely idea.

No idea what we're having though.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 14 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

oldish chris wrote:
Rob R wrote:
How about something without meat? That's got to be the most challenging!
Are you trying to provoke my inner-Troll, making me suggest steak a la tartare?


No, I was fresh from a debate with some vegans & it must have rubbed off.

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