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!!