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What are you doing for Christmas ?

Apart from handwriting out my Dear Santa letter (copy to Ducati R & D) ...

We have friends, without family as per the past 4 years. I enjoy cooking up a feast (albeit small portions, given we are all over 60 and prefer little and often with the Christmas Day and Boxing day walks before the main lunch )

a bit of wine does not go amiss ... and old fashioned Parlor Games, no TV

Boxing Day we are dressing up or down, to attend the Watercress Line World War II on the Lines at Alresford for morning coffee and a bacon buttie below is a hotlink for more information

http://www.watercressline.co.uk/prod...hristmas-leave

Last year we took our guests to the Bucks Head, Meonstoke on Boxing Day to see the Hunt meet and "off" - as they had never been to one
Hotlink for info below - they usually have a few large BBQs cooking great beef burgers for baps outside in all weather

Park some distance away and walk down to the pub, (there will be BBQs ; a few permitted cars nearby and the car park is closed for the Hunt to meet in ... the church behind and the weir and rivers and cottages are very photogenic ... and if the Bucks Head is too busy, try the Shoe Inn in Exton village (also very photogenic and 3/4 miles walk

http://www.thebuckshead.co.uk/

previously, we have taken our Guests to Wickham Square for Boxing Day, for the Motorbikes latest Superbikes; Vintage Brough and Nortons etc; Steam Engines of the most amazing "new pin" condition ; ancient Fire Tenders from around the world and the MOST amazing Car Show all FREE - again park some distance away as Wickham Square is only for "Exhibiting vehicles" if you get in it, it will takes ages to get out of it ...

The MOST AMAZING photo opportunities and something of interest for all

http://www.demotix.com/news/3568917/...#media-3568786


Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day - maybe see you at The Watercress Line, Alresford station


What are you doing Christmas and Boxing Day ?
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Ro is working, I shall be standing by with G&Ts for when she finishes.
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Re: What are you doing for Christmas ?

Ignoring it and hoping it goes away .....
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Dec 24th - working
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Ro is working, I shall be standing by with G&Ts for when she finishes.
see Stephen Teamwork wins every time
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umm Your profile says "Retired Health Worker" so this may mean you have been drafted in for the staffing shortfall and mad rush over Christmas/New Year ?

I hope you get double time off in loo - I mean lou not the loo and still wish you a Merry Christmas time and Happy New Year, some people have to work and up until now we have ... now age related not working Christmas (unless you count the cooking and hosting over the festive period as "work" ?) all voluntary and unpaid
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Re: What are you doing for Christmas ?

If the weather's okay I may go out birding, if it's not watching the birds through the patio doors. We don't do much, we've got a nice piece of beef for dinner.
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If the weather's okay I may go out birding, if it's not watching the birds through the patio doors. We don't do much, we've got a nice piece of beef for dinner.
Us too I am doing Beouf Wellington (after it has marinated 24 hours [turned 4 times] in red wine; garlic; black pepper; in a musthrooms a duxelles of wild mushrooms bound with cream, and finally foie gras, all encasing a core of medium-rare, buttery-soft beef tenderloin)

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Re: What are you doing for Christmas ?

We have just been out to the middle of nowhere to pick up our Norfolk Black Turkey from the farm which produces them. I was relieved to find that it was oven-ready and we didn't have to catch our own! On Christmas Day I will be panicking that we are cooking it correctly. Rather more expensive to mess up than the usual Asda specimen.

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Re: What are you doing for Christmas ?

Two years ago I said to my partner that I'd cook the Christmas dinner. I'm a vegetarian and had read a Nigel Slater recipe that looked a nice change from nut cutlets.

The recipe involved fritters made with chestnuts, macadamia nuts, porcini mushrooms and egg to bind it together (maybe something else - I can't remember). It was to be served with boiled potatoes and curly kale that had been cooked in the liquid the porcini mushrooms had been soaked in.

It was horrible! The smell of the porcini mushrooms was overpowering and the fritters went in the bin. Because the kale had been cooked in the porcini liquid - that also went in the bin.

Our Christmas dinner ended up as just the boiled potatoes!

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We have just been out to the middle of nowhere to pick up our Norfolk Black Turkey from the farm which produces them. I was relieved to find that it was oven-ready and we didn't have to catch our own! On Christmas Day I will be panicking that we are cooking it correctly. Rather more expensive to mess up than the usual Asda specimen.

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Ron you will do if fine Wishing you a great Christmas lunch and Happy New Year
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Two years ago I said to my partner that I'd cook the Christmas dinner. I'm a vegetarian and had read a Nigel Slater recipe that looked a nice change from nut cutlets.

The recipe involved fritters made with chestnuts, macadamia nuts, porcini mushrooms and egg to bind it together (maybe something else - I can't remember). It was to be served with boiled potatoes and curly kale that had been cooked in the liquid the porcini mushrooms had been soaked in.

It was horrible! The smell of the porcini mushrooms was overpowering and the fritters went in the bin. Because the kale had been cooked in the porcini liquid - that also went in the bin.

Our Christmas dinner ended up as just the boiled potatoes!

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Jim sorry to hear this perhaps Nut Cutlets this year ? or Tarteflette without the meat is nice and full of cheeses and veg
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Re: What are you doing for Christmas ?

Christmas Day is going to be a tricky logistical exercise.

We have to gather everybody together, always tricky, and get the turkey in the oven and other preparations before leaving at 10:00, or just after, to visit my father and mother-in-law in Colchester who are both in the same nursing home. One on end of life care and the other with Alzheimer's. Then we have to make sure we are back across the Strood, the tidal causeway onto the island, before 13:15 at the very, very latest as there are big tides at the moment.

Failure to achieve the latter will make things somewhat difficult and could see me wading through the cold water to walk round the sea wall to prevent the turkey becoming a charred mess. I could also become grumpy

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Looks like I won't be going birding, we're under rainfall and winds warnings with up to 30mm of rain and wind gusts up to 100km/h forecast.
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Christmas Day is going to be a tricky logistical exercise.

We have to gather everybody together, always tricky, and get the turkey in the oven and other preparations before leaving at 10:00, or just after, to visit my father and mother-in-law in Colchester who are both in the same nursing home. One on end of life care and the other with Alzheimer's. Then we have to make sure we are back across the Strood, the tidal causeway onto the island, before 13:15 at the very, very latest as there are big tides at the moment.

Failure to achieve the latter will make things somewhat difficult and could see me wading through the cold water to walk round the sea wall to prevent the turkey becoming a charred mess. I could also become grumpy

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Hec your such a careful planner and capable of Making it Happen - I have every confidence you shall tomorrow ... even holding back the Tide

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