Christmas Meal Plan 2014

Its been way too long since I was here. Those that follow me on Instagram or Twitter will know I'm currently expecting baby number 3 and working 5 days a week so its been extra busy. The baby is due at the beginning of April and I am due to start Mat Leave during February half term (when I hope to be able to start blogging again more regularly). Anyhow, to ease me back in gently I thought I'd post my Christmas week meal plan which will hopefully provide you with some inspiration and ideas for your festive get togethers. Due to moving to a bigger house in Februrary (with a rather large mortgage) and the upcoming cut to our household income I've also tried to be extra frugal. I've shopped around for the best deals and already have my gammon sat in the fridge (bought in a well known supermarket at half price). I've cleared out the freezer and have started stocking it with homemade treats and side dishes.

Jam and Clotted Cream ~ Christmas Meal Plan

Christmas Cake - I ummed and ahed whether to bother this year but last weekend I crumbled and made this Simmer and Stir Christmas Cake I found on BBC Good Food. Im not too keen on marzipan so will ice it a few days before Christmas with a whisky buttercream icing. I used value dried fruit and simmered it in brandy to plump it up.

Monday 22nd December
Homemade Pizza to use up all the leftovers in the fridge and clear it out ready for my Christmas shop.

Tuesday 23rd December
Up at 6am to get all the fresh ingredients I need and back home to prepare as much as I can in advance (stuffing, pigs in blankets, bread sauce, cranberry sauce) tonight we will be having a supermarket takeaway!

Christmas Eve
After the village Crib Service we will be coming home to Baked Gammon in a Mustard and Maple Glaze, Macaroni Cheese, Loaded Potato Skins, Peas, Sweetcorn and Carrots. Dessert is going to be this Chocolate Torte (which is already in the freezer) with clotted cream or ice cream and homemade mince pies (again, these are already in the freezer) for those that can fit them in.

Christmas Day
Breakfast is going to be croissants or brioche (made in the breadmaker) with fresh orange juice and fruit.
I'm hosting Christmas lunch this year and will have 11 people to cater for - this is what we are having...

Leftover Gammon from yesterday
Cranberry Sauce (made on the 23rd)
Bread Sauce (made on the 23rd)
Sausage and Sage Stuffing (made on the 23rd)
Pigs in Blankets (will wrap the sausages in the bacon on the 23rd)
Roast Potatoes - MIL is doing these for me
Maple Roast Parsnips
Brussels Sprouts (will prepare on Christmas Eve and leave in a pan of cold water)
Cauliflower Cheese (will make on Christmas Eve)
Sticky Red Cabbage (already in the freezer)
Garlic Roasted Squash and Sweet Potato Mash (will make on the 23rd)
Creamed Leeks

Dessert will be a choice of Christmas Pudding or Baked Berry Cheesecake (in the freezer).

When people start to get peckish again I've got Homemade Sausage Rolls (in the freezer), Cheese and Biscuits (my SIL is bringing the cheeses as she works in a local deli), Pate (Aldi!), Mince Pies and Choc Honeycomb Mincemeat Squares.

Boxing Day
Leftover Turkey and Gammon Savoury Crumble. I will make a basic white sauce, add the leftover meat then a few handfuls of grated cheese and top with a savoury crumble mix (half fat to flour with some dried herbs) - bake for 30 minutes in the oven. We will have this with leftover vegetables from Christmas Day.

Saturday 27th December
Turkey, Gammon and Pea Carbonara

Sunday 28th December
We have some friends coming over so I'm going to do a buffet with more homemade sausage rolls, leftover cheese and biscuits, pickles, chutney and a homemade tear and share bread. Dessert will be anything sweet we have left!

Monday 29th December
Vegetable Soup with homemade bread rolls.

Tuesday 30th December
Risotto - will chuck in anything I can.

New Years Eve
Homemade Pizza to use up leftovers.

New Years Day
At my Mum and Dads for a traditional roast.
Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)
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