It is time to start planning Christmas dinner. According to the magazines I read, it would have been best to start shopping and preparing a few days ago, but that’s just not my style. It wouldn’t be the same without the stressful ingredient-hunt at the supermarket; the disappointment when I can’t find exactly what I want; and the mind-numbing shock at the prices I am paying because I don’t have time to shop around.
Actually, that’s me when it comes to most other types of shopping, but I love shopping for just one meal. I have ten days to plan, purchase, and start prepping, so I think I’m in good shape. I am just getting hung up on the main event. I’ve been throwing some ideas around. Turkey is probably out. My sister outdid herself on Thanksgiving, and I don’t want to try and compete with that. I’ve been toying with the idea of duck or goose; make it a Dickensian Christmas dinner (perhaps complete with Christmas pudding?) It’s a little intimidating however, because I’ve never roasted a duck before. Lamb is a possibility (although it always makes me a little sad to eat baby animals). Then there is a pork rib roast, which could be a beautiful presentation. I guess it’s all going to come down to what I can find at the supermarket for the best price.
So as you can see, I’ve a lot of work ahead. Ideas and suggestions are welcome. What will be at your table on Christmas Day?