December : Christmas Thoughts 13

Thirteen days into December, and only 12 to go to the Big Day.
I’m looking forward to cooking our traditional dinner with all the trimmings, and working on roast potatoes without using my oven.
I have a plan, so we won’t go without.

I remember the first time I cooked roast potatoes, or tried to, and cried bitter tears of frustration when they didn’t do brown, let alone crispy. No such problem now when you consider you can buy them ready cooked and just have to put them in the oven, but the old-fashioned way (peeling, par boiling, draining, shaking to fluff them up then putting them in hot fat) still produces the best imo.
roast pots
When I worked for the vending machine company, all staff were given a turkey for Christmas. It would be a generous sized bird, and I would cook it overnight Christmas Eve so that my oven was free for the rest of whatever I was cooking.
The two dogs would be sitting in front of the glass cooker door Christmas morning ‘watching TV’, and although I pushed the cooked bird back as far as I could on the worktop, my GSD still got the drumstick, but it was the rough collie that got caught with it stuck in his mouth like a pipe. I knew he hadn’t pinched it though because he couldn’t reach!

I remember Hubby chasing me up and down the aisle in a supermarket with a frozen turkey. We had the staff in fits of laughter as it broke the monotony of the Christmas shop.
I also remember the year he went out on his own and bought one but got a little confused. Instead of an 8 pound bird, he purchased a 8 kilo bird, and it only just fitted in my oven!
I proved to be quite inventive with turkey meals, but even he got fed up with them after a week. Luckily I froze a lot of the cooked meat so nothing was wasted.
turkeyWe had visitors aboard today and were asked what our plans were for Christmas.
We got talking about the old days when we were growing up and how seasonal fruit and veg were at the time. We all remembered how Mums and Nans made stews or soups out of leftovers or whatever could be found in the cupboard.
A joint of meat is impractical for us, but I remember my Mum cooking a piece of beef for the Sunday roast, then Monday would be cold meat with bubble and squeak and pickles,
and Tuesday would see the remainder of the joint minced up with onions, diced carrots and mashed potatoes for a shepherd’s pie.

Ah, those were the days.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to December : Christmas Thoughts 13

  1. Ritu says:

    Wonderful reminiscences!

  2. joyroses13 says:

    Enjoyed reading your Christmas memories. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Is turkey your tradition? Will cook that in the oven?

    • I intend to buy some turkey slices and steam them in the frying pan. The veg will all go in the pressure cooker, leaving me stuffing balls, yorkshire puds and pigs in blankets which I can prepare beforehand in a pan and heat in the microwave. Christmas puds are a microwave job too. Although I have a full size cooker aboard, I’ve never used the oven or the grill as I’ve not needed to because I don’t batch bake now. Most of the meals I cook are pan dishes anyway.

  4. It seems like you will always find a way to recreate those food memories. 💗

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