We Brits don't really have much going on in the backend of the year . Halloween isn't a huge deal , we don't have thanksgiving , some do fireworks for Nov 5th but it's not a blow out holiday .
I had no luck at all up at the Lidl store . No christmas cakes at all yet . I did manage to procure my nut roasts for the holiday from a fancy health food shop .
The christmas cupboard is looking stuffed now . I've got a clearer picture of what I'm up to .
My staple fresh veg are potatoes and cabbage ...with guest appearances from fresh brussels , courgettes and cauliflower (if I can get one worth a toss ) . I'm backing that up with tinned/frozen mushy peas , spinach , baby carrots , okra and broccoli ...with emergency asparagus and greens beans .
Not really a gravy guy so I've got a suite of instant white/bread/parsley/cheese sauces on hand . If I'm only cooking for me I might skip gravy altogether . I may guilt trip my friends into making me a 'northern style' bread sauce if we don't eat together on Christmas Day .
There's talk of having a big meal up at my mates place , but there's a lot of dogs and babies in the mix this year . My little old dog is a nightmare, might be better off going later after the herd has thinned .
Slots are going fast too . I got all mine , one every week between now and Christmas and two on christmas week . I'll snag one for 30th of December too when they become available . That's me pretty much bombproof .
Didn't have time to shop in the frenzy so I just did placeholder orders for now , don't even think Asda have unleashed the full Christmas range yet .
I'm trying to clean out the freezer and the cupboards of all the old food . I've had some 'interesting' meals last week or so . Hoping to get a quick defrost in before the holiday... I pulled out an iceberg worth of frost the other day ...so I'm nearly there .
Yer that's what I do... save the slot and amend it later
I'm with Tesco's so I'm waiting still haha! And I'm also trying to clear out the freezers to make way for the most important food of the year lol.
Well I'm slightly behind with the shopping, still got one person to buy, but my dad is never easy to buy for.
Food wise, I'm not sure what I'm doing on Christmas day yet, kinda just want to stay in and maybe have pizza or something easy, just as I am going to feel so busy after the run up, that I want it to feel like a day off rather than another busy day.
I had Christmas dinner on Wednesday . My freezer died and I found everything defrosting wednesday morning . I was pretty upset , but decided to lean into it and had the full Christmas Day experience . Lots of rum , a big hunk of stollen and the hugest dinner . It was pretty nice . Still got a couple of 'holiday' meals to cook over the weekend too . I'm gonna be the size of a house if I have to do this again next month !
I ordered a little tabletop freezer today with the Black Friday deals . Should be here Monday-Tuesday with a bit of luck . That will have to do for winter . It's a bit small for my needs but I'm sure something bigger will turn up secondhand and free . They usually do .
One advantage is I'll have a freezer in my actual home rather than two fields away in a farm building . That will be novel for me .
I've got 1 person left to buy for! Then I'm done with buying and have to move onto wrapping... I don't like that bit!!! Oh and cards to write and post. Don't know what's happening this year due to Abbs Dad's accident... :'(