Throwback Thursday – # 14 Holiday Meals

Maggie and Lauren alternate as host for the Throwback Thursday blog hop.
This week is Lauren’s turn and you can read all about it here
Lauren’s guide this week is as follows:

This week’s prompt is: Holiday Meals.  While most people, here in the U.S.  have the typical Thanksgiving turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, not everyone follows the crowd. Think back to holiday meals you participated in when you were younger. Feel free to write about Thanksgiving, or any other holiday meal you choose. Please share any items of food that you or others might feel are out of the ordinary. Do you have memories of any special or surprise guests that came to any of your holiday meals? Did you ever have a catastrophic holiday meal?  Do you still carry on the same holiday meal traditions you had as a kid, or have you changed things up? Are you now typically the host or hostess for meals (sans Covid) or do you usually participate as a guest? Does your family like to go out for holiday meals, or do you prefer to stay at home? Is your table setting different for holiday meals? Do you decorate the whole house as part of your mealtime mood? Please share some memories of your special holiday meals.

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, and apart from Christmas, the only traditional meal we used to have growing up was a Sunday Roast.
Christmas was nearly always turkey, the size of which depended on how many people were expected on Christmas Day. There was always enough for leftovers with bubble and squeak and pickles on Boxing Day. This was served with roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots, green beans, parsnips and whatever other veg took our fancy, pigs in blankets, yorkshire puddings, stuffing balls, and thick gravy made with the juices from the meat. Dessert was always Christmas pudding (with sixpences in it), mince pies, cream and or brandy sauce/custard. Mum would bring the pudding in from the kitchen and it would be on fire. Wonderful memories!!

Most Christmases as an adult saw me entertaining family, not necessarily mine I might add, and as well as the turkey, I would good a joint of beef and gammon to pack out plates and give variety. Washing up was nearly always a solo job…….. mine (sigh).
Dinner was very much like the above, but roast potatoes outnumbered everything else, but as far as I can recall, a good time was had by all.

I did start a tradition about birthdays though, and whoever’s birthday it was got to choose the menu for the main meal. One lad was very partial to pancakes, so on his birthday that was dessert, and I would make about 20 for the five of us.

New Year and Easter would see a roast dinner similar to Christmas, but these days Hubby and I have a variety of foods, but roast meals are very rare. This Christmas will see us eating very well with chicken and gammon with all the trimmings, and Boxing Day leftovers with a heap of mash and bubble and squeak. Must remember the pickled onions this year!!

Holiday meals can also mean BBQs, and I have a very fond memory of our first BBQ. We were determined to have one and bought all the goodies to cook on the disposable BBQ. It rained. But that didn’t deter us. We donned our coats and got an umbrella and had our barbi, much to the amusement of our neighbours, as it confirmed that we were indeed ‘mad’.

Also on camping holidays, it was not unusual for us to have pasties or even cornetto ice creams for breakfast! Holidays are meant to be fun, time to relax, and do things ‘outside the norm’.

Happy holidays to my friends and readers across The Pond.
We all have a lot to be thankful for one way or another. Keep safe!!

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! We have recently lost our beloved dog 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, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. 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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9 Responses to Throwback Thursday – # 14 Holiday Meals

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Lovely fun memories 💜☺️☺️😀

  2. murisopsis says:

    Thanks Di! Your Christmas feast sounds much like our Thanksgiving. We usually have ham (Gammon) on Easter and alternate turkey and ham on Christmas…

    • Mum cooked a goose once which was nice, but a bit too greasy for me, and the year Hubby cooked duck for us I was so ill with flu, I never got to taste it, and he shared it with Barney, our dog of the time!

  3. Carol anne says:

    awe yeah! We really do have so much to be grateful for! wonderful memories Di! ❤

  4. Thanks so much for joining in. I am going to need to refer to Goggle to fully understand a few of your dishes. LOL Context clues help, but I need a little more. Isn’t it always true that even when we do the majority, or all, of the cooking, the clean up is ours too. I don’t like guests to help with clean up though, so it all works out in the end. I often invited people to Passover and/or Thanksgiving if they needed a home to visit. Family and family of choice are all good company.

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