Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Win! A Christmas Turkey and trimmings from Donald Russell


On the third day of Christmas, Domestic Sluttery gave to me, a free range turkey with all of the trimmings!

It wouldn't be a Domestic Sluttery Christmas without us giving away a turkey. But not just any turkey, a free range Donald Russell turkey. And streaky bacon. And pigs in blankets. Yep, we're actually giving away bacon today. It's a Christmas miracle!

What else is in the Donald Russell Christmas box? So much Christmassy goodness:
  • 1 5kg Loué free-range Bronze Turkey
  • 1 Pork Sausage Meat
  • 1 Pack Smoked Dry-cured Streaky Bacon
  • 8 Pigs in Blankets
  • 1 Mosimann's Christmas Pudding
So basically, Donald Russell are giving one lucky reader an entire Christmas in a box.


Because pigs in blankets are so tasty, you've got three ways to win them and the rest of the goodies:
  • Leave a comment on this piece telling us about your Christmas dinner. What are you eating this year (well, hopefully this turkey)? What was the most memorable Christmas dinner you've ever had? What's your favourite thing to cook? Tell us about that time you nearly burned down the house setting fire to the Christmas pudding, we definitely want to hear about that.
  • Sign up to the Domestic Sluttery newsletter (you can do this via the box in the sidebar). You get a £60 wine voucher for signing up regardless of whether or not you win.
  • Like our Facebook page and then like and or comment on the competition entry.
(No need to leave extra comments telling us where else you've entered - we can see! It makes counting so much harder for us. Don't make counting harder for us, it's Christmas.)


We'll pick a winner at random from all of the entries and promise we'll do out best not to eat the pigs in blankets. Well, maybe just one. Good luck, everyone!

PS - wondering who won our Hunkydory Home lamp? That was Lucy Geddes via Pinterest! Get in touch to claim your prize, Lucy.

Oh yawn, small print (read it). The competition will close at 11am (UK time) 5 December 2013. You must be UK based to enter, sorry you lovely overseas readers. If you're anon, your comment entry won't count and if you enter with lots of comments or a barrage of Facebook comments, we'll discount all of your entries and tell you off. The winning entry will be chosen at random and you must claim your prize within 48 hours otherwise we'll pass it on to someone else. Newsletter entries will be passed onto Donald Russell. A Donald Russell representative will contact you to organise delivery. Delivery will be available up until 21.12.13. The prize may be adjusted dependent on stock availability. We're not allowed to enter our own competitions but Siany's favourite thing about Christmas food is the sausage rolls that her dad makes on Christmas eve. And only ever at Christmas for some reason..

168 comments:

  1. We'll be having turkey this year, standard Christmas stuff. No major disasters yet (my nan has a Sunday dinner down to a fine art). Although my favourite thing to cook might just be bacon sandwiches on Christmas morning. Somehow they manage to taste better than bacon sandwiches at any other time of year (and that's quite tricky because bacon is amazing).

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  2. My favourite thing about Christmas dinner is the first year my mum did roast parsnips. My dad decided in advance that he didn't like them, took them out of the roasting tin pre-cooking and stamped on them all so they didn't look like potatoes and he wouldn't eat one by accident.

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  3. My most memorable Christmas dinner was when my mum shoved all her leftover lemons (about 4 in total) up the turkey. The turkey, gravy and everything that we poured gravy on (so, everything really) was sour with lemon juice! She hasn't lived it down. That's been her only Christmas dinner fail in about 40 years, though.

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  4. Turkey for Christmas dinner and traditional Christmas pudding for dessert!!! mmmm im hungry now!

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  5. I always make the pigs in blankets at Christmas, a proper Christmas tradition along with preparing all the vegetables the night before. We did have an incident with the Christmas Cake once where the dog ate the side off it. We had to cut a bit off and cover it with new icing before giving it to the grandparents - oops!

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  6. One of the more memorable Christmas dinners was in my younger (student-ish) days, cooking an oven ready turkey pizza for my brother who refused Christmas dinner. My OH & I then drank a whole bottle of vodka between us - Boxing Day was a hungover mess. Nowadays however I just love to cook and enjoy making the dinner from scratch.

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  7. We always have a fresh turkey from our local farm served with sage and onion stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and parsnips, sprouts, carrots, peas and Yorkshire puds! We also have another turkey dinner on new Years day! Lovely!

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  8. It will be turkey for us this year, whether I win or not (but hopefully WIN). My dad has bravely given me permission to brine the turkey, which may or may not work, so we'll soon see!! Wish me luck!

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  9. In younger and less ambitious days, it has been known for Christmas dinner to be fishfingers and smash. This year though, we are lucky enough to be having 2 Christmas dinners and to have other people cooking both of them! That's my sort of Christmas!

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  10. We have turkey stuffed with sausage meat (every Christmas day starts with me appearing in the kitchen to see my mum with her hand up a turkey's bottom :| ), pigs in blankets, extra sausages, roast potatoes and mash, parsnips, carrots, sweetcorn and a yorkshire pud.

    My favourite thing doesn't happen any more, but my gran used to stand literally under my dad's elbow while he was carving the turkey with the electric carving knife (the 70's have called several times to ask for it back) and she'd try and grab the little bits of turkey that looked yummy and eat them before anyone else. It's a wonder she passed on with all her fingers in tact :)

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  11. Roast turkey and all the trimmings. And last year we did finely chopped sprouts with bacon and garlic - first time I've ever enjoyed eating sprouts, so will be doing that again this year!

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  12. My family was torn apart last Christmas: after a few wrong financial decisions my dad lost lost all his money. To compound matters, we found out that my mum had been cheating.

    Arguments broke out, my brother went to jail and my sister started drinking heavily after being hit by a series of large fines.

    Luckily, we pulled through as a family, and all agreed - that was the last time we'd ever play Monopoly.

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  13. Turkey David Paterson dgrp@live.co.uk

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    1. No, this isn't what we asked you to do! This is lazy competition entering and doesn't count!

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  14. We'll be having a turkey with my Dad's special family recipe for gravy and stuffing - I would tell you the secret recipe but then I'd have to kill you!

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  15. This year, we're having Christmas dinner at my sister's house rather than my Mum's as normal. My lovely brother-in-law will be head chef, but we're all going to bring dishes with us. I'm in charge of pudding - what shall I make, oh wise Domestic Sluts?! Your White Chocolate and Cranberry cupcakes are a strong possibility...or perhaps I could make a turkey cake? That makes no sense.

    Anyway, the point is I'd love to give the gift of this turkey to my sister and brother-in-law on their first year of hosting. Not only would it save them a small fortune, but it was be delicious in my mouth.

    Thanks ladies x

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  16. I made the best Christmas dinner (turkey and all the trimmings etc) after having a couple of glasses Buck's fizz. I think it was because I was so relaxed I didn't stress out about things going wrong so now I make sure I have a glass when I'm preparing dinner :)

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  17. We will be having Dinner at home with my Dad, he makes the best Yorkshire Puddings ever!! - my specialty is a Chocolate Bomb dessert - which is homemade vanilla ice-cream with meringue pieces surrounded in a dome of double chocolate swizz roll all made in a huge pudding basin!! :D Its Yummy! :D

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  18. we will have turkey with home grown parnips carrots and sprouts and Yorkshire puds

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  19. We'll be having turkey with all the trimmings this year (and I really do hope it's this one as I haven't thought about buying it yet!), with a joint of beef thrown into the mix. I'm lucky that family come for Christmas so I have help to cook. I still managed to burn all my veg last year though as I forgot to put water in the base of my steamer. Thank goodness for frozen veg!

    I have signed up to your newsletter and liked the competition post on Facebook.

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  20. I am really looking forward to my first Christmas off in six years. Shift work in the emergency services normally means that I deal with the fallout from everybody else's

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  21. I'm looking forward to Christmas this year when family from near and far will get together for our annual gathering over a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Its the only time I ever make a roast dinner, so its a bit hit and miss but thankfully nobody seems to mind!

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  22. Were going to my mother in laws this year for Christmas dinner. Which is apparently going to be turkey with all the trimmings and a joint of crackly pork as she has a lot of mouths to feed with all the children and grandchildren

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  23. I am going to my Mums to cook dinner for her as she is having an operation on the 18th. She doesnt know it yet, but will be surprised when the whole family turns up turkey in had!

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  24. Still undecided where and what we are doing. Turkey will defo be on the list somewhere though. I am 38 with a seven year old but I have never had a Christmas dinner at my house and I have never cooked a Christmas dinner. This may be the first year that's why this turkey would come in handy.

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  25. My most memorable Christmas dinner was the year that my parents Irish Setter, stole the joint of beef. THREE times! Once uncooked and mum wrestled it off him, she didn't tell us. Second my dad caught him making of down the garden with it. Another wrestling match and again he never told anyone, just washed it in the sink. The joint was still uncooked at this stage. The final time was when it was cooked and we had consumed most of it and he stole the remains. It was at this point my parents confessed little knowing the others story. No one wrestled him the final time as he was clearly very determined and desperate to get some beef!

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  26. Going to our daughters for xmas lunch. First time in years that I am not cooking on xmas day.

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  27. Traditional all the way with turkey I am told as my Daughter is cooking this year at her home. My friend had the disaster Christmas when she dropped her frozen turkey and it broke her foot so she spent hours at A & E so I know why fresh is best!

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  28. I'm not having christmas dinner this year, as I'm working long shifts this christmas eve and christmas day (i work in an emergency operating theatre), so i would cook it all on boxing day and have family over to share it all with.

    I've never personally had a christmas day cooking disaster as shamefully I've never cooked one myself, either because I've been working or because I've still been living at home with parents, or I've been invited to have it with my partners family. so it would be a belated christmas dinner. "Christmas in a box" would be ideal as it would take out lots of hassle of food shopping.

    my most memorable christmas was the first christmas i spent the whole holiday with my partner when we both weren't working, it was lovely to spend the day with his family opening gifts, eating and drinking.

    past christmasses invariably used to entail grandad being admitted to hospital for one reason or another, we would visit him and sit there starving while he would be eating his hospital issue christmas dinner, complaining that the carrots were *too hard*, so we would sit down to dinner around 9pm, happy dayz…..

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  29. Turkey for Christmas dinner and traditional Christmas pudding for dessert.

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  30. I'm not sure what I'm having for Christmas dinner this year. It's my first Christmas living with my beloved. We're having to merge very disparate traditions. Or create brand new ones, such as having gingerbread tardis instead of Christmas cake.

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  31. i love the picture it would make a lovely christmas dinner for any family

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  32. The most memorable Xmas food one year was when I was assisting on a TV food programme. Several turkeys were prepared in the studio at different stages in the cooking process, so there were plenty left over to share with the other studio crew at the end of the show. I took mine home and found I could barely fit it into my oven. The lovely bird produced so much smoke that the fire brigade popped in just to check all was OK! Tasted "bootiful" though....

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  33. Just hoping we actually have an Xmas dinner this year, as our water pipe froze last year, leaving us with no way to cook our veg!

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  34. This year will be the same as always, The whole family come over for dinner - all 18 of us. We have turkey with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding and custard. yum, yum....Cant wait!

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  35. I actually don't know what I'll be having this year! We're going to the hotel near where my parents live as my nan is 80 on Christmas Eve so all my dad's side of the family are staying there over Christmas and we're going to have a massive family lunch together.

    Usually though we'd have smoked salmon and sour cream blinis to start, followed by turkey with all the trimmings (ham, pigs in blankets, sprouts, carrot and turnip, roast potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce) and then mince pies with cream for afters. In previous years it was a Christmas pudding with cream or custard but as I am now the only one who eats Christmas pudding in my family that's the end of that! So I will just buy myself a mini one in the next couple of weeks and scoff that one evening in front of the telly.

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  36. We'll be having turkey cooked in a bacon mesh, sausages wrapped in bacon and about 4 different types of potatoes... Oh and veg, cranberry sauce and plenty of gravy... mmmmm Getting hungry thinking about it.

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  37. It will be turkey on Xmas day and then roast pork on boxing day for us. Haven't got them yet though so would be great to win :)

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  38. Turkey with all the trimmings. No disasters but that's because hubby does the cooking!

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  39. We are having turkey and pork with all the trimmings, can't wait. A few years back my parents had a power cut in the middle of dinner they had to cook at my house while we did runs down to theirs with the cooked bits, it was chaos.

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  40. This is the first Christmas with My Mum in years I am considering a starter of Mushroom welsh rarebit. Followed by a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a few more (I'm talking about you Yorkshire Pudding) then not sure where to go with desert but it will be delicious! The Donald Russell meat would remind me of my Dad who died last year as when he was flush he would get meat and stuff from there

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  41. Starts with prawn cocktail or bowl of homemade soup.
    Maincourse: roast turkey, roast gammon, mash potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrot and swede mash, chipolatas, stuffing, roast potatoes, lots of gravy
    pudding: eton mess

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  42. We are having turkey with all the trimmings, including Yorkshire puddings. Dessert will be Christmas pudding and cream or Trifle for those that don't like Christmas pudding. Boxing Day lunch is a traditionally cold meats day for us, with the turkey, ham, pigs in blankets, sausage meat etc from yesterday with fresh bread made in the breadmaker and salad and other bits and pieces. If its very cold I will make up some soup as well.

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    1. I love the touch of freshly baked bread :-) Filling the house with yet more scrumptious aromas!

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  43. I'm going with Beef this year

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  44. we will be having the full Christmas dinner turkey roast potts roast pasnips stuffing pigs in blankets mint sauce. last year we had a chinease buffet in tennerife ....Barbara s

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  45. It will be pretty traditional; turkey, stuffing, veg and roast potatoes and veg. Then homemade Christmas pudding after that if anyone can manage it.

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  46. My daughter is cooking Christmas dinner & although she is vegetarian, is cooking turkey, which will please all the carnivores in the family.

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  47. I'm cooking goose, I've never actually tried cooking a turkey! Would love to give it a go though. Have promised the kids turkey for next thanksgiving, even though we are in the UK!

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  48. Traditional Christmas dinner for us - turkey and all the trimmings. This will be our first Christmas together so very excited ! I love making the pigs in blankets and stuffing balls on Christmas Eve and have recently grown to love honey roast parsnips :)

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  49. It's Christmas in our camper van this year. At 26 years-old, he's seen more Christmases than I have! We'll have electric hook-up for a heater, but the whole dinner will be prepared on a gas two-ring hob/grill. We're planning for turkey steaks and sauté potatoes, plus all the veg and gravy; the essential piggies (in sleeping bags) will snuggle up under the grill :-)

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  50. We always have Turkey, love it! The first time the Hubster and I were together for Christmas, I cooked, and wow, the turkey looked fantastic! I was amazed that I had cooked something that looked like it had landed off the pages of a food magazine! I've never quite been able to top that, but I never do too badly!

    Laura Harris

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  51. This year we are going out for Christmas lunch as there is no room in my dad's flat for all of us (my two sisters plus our respective other halves) to be there and cook. It is never quite the same as spending the day cooking so I plan to cook a Turkey on Christmas Eve so that we will still be able to have leftovers on Boxing Day!
    My most memorable Christmas dinner was probably at a family friends house where the friend in question completely forgot about the roast potatoes when serving up due to large amounts of champagne consumed in the morning. We only remembered about them when the smoke alarm began going off and some charred remains were retrieved from the oven.

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  52. My most memorable Christmas was the year my mum drank a shed load of lambrini thinking it was schloer and fell asleep half way through the starter, pure class!

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  53. Were having Turkey this year for the first time in 9 years, we normally have Goose instead as my husbands usual experience of turkey is the dry variety. I've found a new recipe were you cook it breast side down so hopefully I can convert him as I love Turkey at xmas along with the roast beef and honey roast ham

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  54. Last year was the most memorable for me. We lost my dad at Christmas, ten years ago, and mum just ignored it after that. So did I for the first 6 or 7 years - I was single, and had nobody to celebrate with even if I'd wanted to, so I had no presents, no Christmas dinner, no nothing for a few years.

    Then I met my amazing fiance, and he not only allows, but encourages me to go totally over the top to make up for the lost years - we have a whole turkey just for the 2 of us, and are still eating it in January! I make my own cake starting in September, and soaking it in booze before icing and decorating it. Last year I think the cake was about 90% proof by Christmas day!

    We finally persuaded mum to join us last year for what would turn out to be her last Christmas, and although beforehand she said she's just come for an hour or two, she ended up staying all day - her choice - and really really enjoyed the day. I think it finally put the ghost of that last Christmas with Dad behind her.

    It was so fabulous to see her pulling crackers again with a wonky paper hat on!

    It's going to be a little sad this year inevitably, but I shall still go all out to make it the biggest bestest Christmas ever, and raise a glass (or three) to mum and dad :)

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  55. Roast goose many years ago. The goose was fantastic but the potatoes were blacki and the sprouts pan was dry and hot - too much port before the meal.

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  56. It's the full works - turkey, honeyed parsnips, goose fat roast potatoes and ssssshhhhh a bucketful of sprouts. My most memorable christmas dinner was my border collie taking advantage of the turkey thigh that hit the kitchen floor but the 'legless' turkey still made it to our table......!

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  58. Shared on FB Sarah-Jane Laycock

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  59. We will be having the usual turkey plus trimmings on Christmas day. Pudding is usually a medly of Xmas pudding, super alcoholic vodka trifle (forgot to mix it in properly one year so there were large pockets of neat vodka) and copious mince pies and brandy cream. Feelign hungry just thinking about it.
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  60. Turkey with all the trimming, not more nothing less mmmmmmm

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  61. We are having Beef this year with all the usual trimmings (including mushy peas!!) Can't wait for dessert though....christmas puddings...mmmm

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  62. We will be having a turkey with all the trimmings and christmas pudding and chocolate gateau for afters.

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  63. We'll be having a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings - but we have never forgotten the year my Mum got the turkey out ready to stuff it and it was off and smelt so horrible - she rushed it back to the butcher but he didn't have any more and gave her a piece of beef and we all moaned and moaned that it wasn't a proper Christmas dinner - that was probably about 25 years ago but every Christmas we talk about it

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  64. as my family has a lot of different nationalities it tends to be a jumble of different cuisines.
    We start with a traditional jamaican breakfast of ackee and saltfish, for dinner there is a mix of traditional turkey and the trimmings, a rib beef roast &, mutton curry and rice. You can eat whatever takes your fancy or a bit of everything. A real big family affair as for puddings always a choice of xmas pudding, or mince/apple pies and a cheesecake option

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  65. We used to eat Chicken but this year we are having a Large Turkey to feed 8! going to be a good Christmas.

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  66. We haven't decided what we are having for Christmas dinner yet! About two years ago, having eaten Chrismtas dinner I went into the utility to get ice cream out of the freezer (it was going with desert, but I can't remember what that was), heard a noise and looked around to find water gushing out of the central heating boiler. It was the really cold year and basically , the water was no longer condensing outside as the pipe was frozen and all the water had backed up and was now flooding my house!!!!!!!!!!! I called my kids (grown ups), who came rushing in to help, there was me trying to get a bucket between a table and the boiler and failing - my son just picked up the table and moved it out the way. We threw towesl over the water, another son went outside to try and defrost the pipe. Heaven knows how long it would have been before I found it , if I hadn't been after the ice cream. took the boiler nearly two days to dry out before it would re light, we had to put on many, many layers as I don't have any other form of heating.

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  67. we are having turkey, standard roast dinner goodies like pigs in blankets and lashings of gravy. be stuffed for hours.

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  68. We will be having turkey and perhaps some belly pork too. I have to write out strict lists of what needs to be done and when, what needs to go in the oven etc etc and it feels great to be ticking items from my list when cooking the christmas dinner :)

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  69. Turkey round my parents, I'm very lucky to have ever cooked Christmas dinner :-)

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  70. We have a very traditional christmas lunch, turkey with all the trimmings, I even force myself to eat A sprout!, well, it is christmas.....

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  71. we are having turkey with all the trimmings at my mum and dad's :)

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  72. I have liked on fb - sarah Catherine parker

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  73. This year I am terrified, absolutely terrified of Christmas dinner because I'm cooking it, with a little help from Aldi but really...I need all the help I can get...

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  74. if i dont win itll be pizza again this year!

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  75. This year i'm cooking and i'm dreading it!!!! ..... I'm keeping it traditional soup starter. Then for the main turkey, pigs in blankets, roasted vegetables and sprouts. For dessert is Christmas pudding.. (I'm buying a pudding this year, but would love to have a go at making one next year) Then when thats gone down ...(well i hope) we'll have a piece of my Nans home made christmas cake... she makes us all one every year.
    Wish me luck ... or they may be a funny disaster story to tell for next years competition ;) xx

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  76. leannephillips@live.com4 December 2013 at 20:45

    christmas dinner this year will be a deboned stuff duck and a gammon joint...i am going to do my best not to cremate it this year lol xx

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  77. This year i'm cooking and i'm dreading it!!!! ..... I'm keeping it traditional soup starter. Then for the main turkey, pigs in blankets, roasted vegetables and sprouts. For dessert is Christmas pudding.. (I'm buying a pudding this year, but would love to have a go at making one next year) Then when thats gone down ...(well i hope) we'll have a piece of my Nans home made christmas cake... she makes us all one every year.
    Wish me luck ... or they may be a funny disaster story to tell for next years competition ;) xx

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  78. This year we are going to my cousin's house for Christmas Day and she will be doing all the cooking. Woo Hoo! Most likely she will be making Turkey, beef and lamb with all the trimmings. Cant wait ...... (Angela Sandhu)

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  79. Going to be great this year,we're having turkey and all the trimmings with cheesecake for afters

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  80. We will be having turkey this year and my hubby will be cooking the Christmas. I normally make the cranberry sauce though last year I burnt it and it stuck to the pan - was a nightmare to get off!

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  81. We're having Turkey and Beef this year as the MIL is cooking for the first time in 8 years..but our most memorable Xmas dinner has to be the first one married. I had the turkey in the oven for 3 hours and when I pulled it out it had massive purple bruises all over it, needless to say I didn't dare eat it so I travelled an hour to my mums....and got shouted at!

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  82. My mum always does an amazing christmas dinner except for a mishap last year. She had a new oven and didnt realise it was a dual heating oven, put the pigs in blankets, stuffing and a few other bits in the bottom of oven to keep warm and even though we all kept saying we could smell burning she was convinced it was cos she had cleaned oven day before. Needless to say we had no pigs in blankets, no potatoes and everything had a very charred taste to it Oh and she forgot to cook the peas as well

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  83. We always have turkey :) My most memorable Christmas was our first Christmas with our first daughter. She had a really high temperature and we spent most of the day in and out of walk in centres and the hospital!

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  84. Went to my uncles for Christmas dinner when i was a child and whilst we were all chatting in another room their dog - a great dane, was busy eating the turkey!

    We all ended up having tinned ham with the roast...

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  85. Well, I never had a chance to cook Christmas dinner myself! Before was my mum who was doing it, this year we've been invited by mum-in-law. So hopefully I'll win this turkey and bring it to her, I'm sure she would be very happy! And I would help to cook all Christmas dinner :)

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  86. Always always turkey for christmas dinner. And Yorkshire puddings. Odd perhaps, but it works. Starter is always a random combination of eggs, prawn Marie rose and smoked salmon, primarily because we can never agree on which option we'd like!

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  87. Every year I read new recipes. Every year I reject the "twists". Every year I set all those delicious things on a plate and make them as my mother taught me. Our bread sauce is legendary, the nine hour turkey is a triumph even after the obligatory present-opening bubbles, and the sofa sprawl at 3.30 pm is the final delight after months of planning. But it always comes back to the same old flavours, tastes. jokes and steamy kitchen walls of every Christmas I have ever shared. Long may it continue; it's over to my kids now to carry this on.

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  88. As this year I am (in the words of my family) a 'recovering vegetarian', I am once again eating meat for the first time in 3 years. I don't know what I'll actually eat on the day, may end up with just sprouts and roast parsnips and a massive slice of the baked caramel pecan cheesecake that I'm making. Which would actually be a fine meal! Happy Christmas!! (Too early ??)

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  89. I love Christmas Dinner as it gets to be a proper roast with every vegetable you can think of - my sister and I have long held reputations as people who serve "too many" different veggies on a Sunday... So to cut a long story short, I think the answer is everything!

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  90. We are going to have Turkey this year for Christmas - i know our two little ones won't eat much but I will do a full huge roast! My partner LOVES parsnips and We all love Yorkshire puddings! ( with heaps of bread sauce!) Haha x x

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  91. No, let's not talk about the first time I did roast gammon & roast potatoes. I thought putting the potatoes in the same tin with the gammon would give them a bit of extra flavour. Not make them into potato-shaped lumps of salt. Oops.

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  92. My Christmas dinner will be cooked by my Gran as she makes the best gravy. My last attempt at gravy ended up in a right mess, so I have been banned from the kitchen.

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  93. We'll be having Christmas at ours....entertaining 15 people.....36 weeks pregnant, starting to think it wasn't my best idea!

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  94. We're still trying to decide between turkey, goose and duck for our dinner.

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  95. We normally have turkey, but sometimes go for something different. Christmas pudding is a must though!

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  96. I was a single mum to my two young boys when the BIG disaster happened. It was my very first turkey, and I was determined to make it special! I put the Turkey in the oven and me and my boys went upstairs to play. We were painting so I decided to give them both a bath so they jumped in with me. I think I was the one smelled the burning first, and panicking I took the boys out of the bath and threw a dressing gown and sat them soaking wet on their beds, while I went to investigate. By this time I could see thick black smoke, and I was terrified! I rang the fire brigade and opened the front door and yelled for my neighbours, who came and grabbed my naked boys for me, when TWO fire engines turned up! I was still covered in paint with just a dressing gown on while my kitchen was billowing out smoke! They told me I had left a pan of fat in the grill which had caught fire, the walls were black and the firemen ended up dropping the pan onto the floor which melted parts of it!
    To end the tale we ended up with tomato soup and pepperoni pizza for xmas dinner, I'm a lot better these days! ;-)

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  97. We always have turkey although we always have to do a gammon as she is very fussy and doesn't like turkey(!!!!) My most memorable one was when I was little and my teenage cousin was hungover and vommed all over herself after eating Christmas lunch. I couldn't eat all day after!

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  98. We have turkey with all the trimmings. One year I had to do a vegetarian option and my nut roast was a major failure

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  99. turkey,we love it but will be additional food as well

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  100. We are going to try the 4 bird roast, sounds awesome (of course if i win this turkey that point will be moot haha)!! All the trimmings shall be in attendance, including the obligatory Brussel Sprouts, lashings of gravy, and 1 or 2 glasses of wine of course!

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  101. i am having a few people around this year so doing a turkey crown, beef and gammon, then the meat leftovers can be used in the evening

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  102. Turkey and all the trimmings, plus we also roast a beef joint for the non believers amongst us

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  103. I will be having roast goose .... unless I am lucky enough to win this, of course xx I always make HM bread sauce also, I think it really adds something magical to poultry dishes

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  104. The most memorable Christmas Dinner has to be the year that my Mum dropped the Turkey. That's right meat fans, the whole, gigantic bird came out of the oven and straight on the floor. Thankfully my brother and I were on hand to perform operation clean up. No one even noticed and we have never told them.

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  105. It was three years ago that it snowed just before xmas, preventing me driving home to north Devon, so instead I had dinner with my brother and his wife, she cooked probably the tastiest dinner I've ever eaten based on Gorden Ramsey recipes.

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  106. I've actually never had my husband home for the whole of Christmas Day before as he works for the Emergency Services and we've been together for 6 years!

    This year I put my foot down - so he managed to get it booked off.

    We are both so excited - so we are having chicken breasts wrapped in bacon with all the usual trimmings and lots and lots of festive treats.

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  107. i am having a carvery style there will be pork , three bird roast and venison

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  108. We're having Christmas curry. My husband cooks everything fresh. Even grinds the spices!

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  109. a normal family christmas dinner with all the trimmings followed by homemade plum pudding and a nice glass of wine for the adults

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  110. I will eating Turkey this year as usual, but I will not make the mistake that my Aunt made years ago.....
    We always spent a family Christmas at my aunts house but this one morning my aunt rang in a panic to say that she had forgotten to take the (huge) turkey out of the freezer!
    When my mum got round to her house, she found the turkey sat in the bath tub having a soak, that didn't work. My dad worked in a service department for an electrical firm and was a key holder, he ended up carting the turkey to work, hacking to pieces and defrosting it in the industrial sized microwaves!!

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  111. We will be having a turkey with all the trimmings :D My most memorable Christmas dinner was last year as it was the first one that we hosted as we were finally in a house big enough to have all the family round. It was also the first Christmas that my little boy was really aware of what was going on and he thoroughly enjoyed his dinner with everyone. I expect this year to be even better as my little girl will be joining us too :D (she was only 6 months last year and slept through the dinner!!) I cook the turkey but let my mum and mother in law sort everything else - they're far better than I am!

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  112. We'll be having turkey cos it just doesn't seem like Christmas without it! We love sprouts in this house too so have already eaten loads! *parp* We love making all of the tasty extras; sausage rolls with apple sauce inside are fab! My most memorable Christmas meal is when I was a child and they didn't want to bother with a traditional lunch so they bought an Indian takeaway a week or so before, bought extra and froze it and then defrosted/reheated it for Christmas. Bizarre!

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  113. We'll be having a Kelly Bronze turkey (they're based just down the road from my parents) along with three different types of stuffing and mountains of veg! There are eight of us at my dad's house this year - me, my four siblings, my dad and his partner - should be fun!

    I remember a Christmas when my now 23-year-old brother was about 8, my dad opened a £50 bottle of wine that he'd been saving for Christmas Day and left it on the dining table to air while he finished making Christmas dinner...and my brother managed to knock it over and spill it EVERYWHERE before my dad had touched a drop. Oh and then there was the Christmas where we accidentally set fire to the tablecloth...always fun and games in my house!

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  114. This year is going to be special because our entire family will be together so my parents, my brother and his family, my sister and her family and myself and the hubs and our 5 kiddos! Oh yes we all have lots of children (we love big families!!) Cant wait for it! We are having pork and goose but I think a turkey would go well with that.
    We've decided to open our 1950s style American diner for the day so we can all sit together. My hubs runs it Monday to Saturday and was hoping for a day off from cooking this year but not happening i'm afraid!
    My most memorable Christmas was about 10 years ago when my twin girls were 4 years. My Dad (also a chef) lit the Christmas pudding with brandy and the flames whoosed up at the same time I caught the best photograph ever of the twins face's in a state of absolute shock! That photo comes out ever year and sits with the decorations at my parents house.
    I hope all your readers and all the staff at Domestic Sluttery have a fabulous Christmas xx

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  115. Turkey with all the trimmings again, my favourite. Favourite meal on boxing day is strawberry gateau for breakfast. I look forward to it every year - yummy:)

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  116. We'll be having turkey with all the trimmings at my parents house - We're very grateful as we are moving house next week and nowhere near ready for Christmas ourselves!!

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  117. we will be having Turkey Duck and beef this year and all the trimmings love christmas time.

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  118. will definately be having the traditional Christmas dinner, turkey, pigs in bacon, homemade stuffing and all the veg. Would be lynched if I served up anything else. Must remember to take out the giblets etc this year - cooked them in the turkey 5 years ago (including the plastic bag)

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  119. We'll have turkey this year - couldn't last year as oven packed in & couldn't afford to replace it as had spent all our dosh on prezzies! Most memorable Christmas was taking my mum & my partners dad out for Christmas lunch (they had both recently lost their spouses) We went to a converted railway carriage and had a lovely time with our young son as well - only problem was he was not keen to leave all his lovely presents behind!!

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  120. We will be eating our Christmas dinner at my mother in laws house. Turkey and all the trimmings. It will be extra special this year as she had a small stroke earlier this year so we are all so pleased she is still around.

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  121. I love a traditional Christmas dinner - my most memorable would be the first Christmas with my daughter, we all go to my mum's where there's 10-12 of us round the table, it's a brilliant family occasion and every year it's so special!

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  122. We will be eating our Christmas dinner at my mother in laws house. Turkey and all the trimmings. It will be extra special this year as she had a small stroke earlier this year so we are all so pleased she is still around.

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  123. We will be eating our Christmas dinner at my mother in laws house. Turkey and all the trimmings. It will be extra special this year as she had a small stroke earlier this year so we are all so pleased she is still around.

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  124. We will be eating our Christmas dinner at my mother in laws house. Turkey and all the trimmings. It will be extra special this year as she had a small stroke earlier this year so we are all so pleased she is still around.

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  125. We will be having Turkey, Goose and 3 Bird Roast. There will be 20 of us having dinner together so it is going to be great fun. My favourite part of Christmas dinner is the stuffing with gravy. I love Christmas dinner every year but did have one bad one. I was quite young and had just moved into a house with a lovely big dining room, but I didn't consider the fact the cooker was tiny. It was an absolute nightmare when it came to keeping all the dishes warm. We ended up eating a cold Christmas dinner all at different times. Very embarrassing.

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  126. My MIL is cooking this year and she normally goes all out with turkey, beef and pork. My favourite thing to cook are the veggies that compliment the meat so well. It's making me hungry just thinking about it.

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  127. Turkey and all the trimmings. I'm cooking for 7 though, most i've cooked for only used to the 3 of us.

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  128. We are going to my dads this christmas. As I work in retail I dont get much time off around christmas so it will be nice to be cooked for, relax and have al the family together for a day. We have a lovely turkey normally

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  129. We'll be having turkey this year. I love it. I love all of Christmas dinner. My favourite thing to make though are the roasties basted in goose or duck fat. It makes them so crispy and crunchy that I can't help but nab one before even sitting down to eat.

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  130. i have never (so far!) had any disaters...i love christmas and even like the getting up at the crack of dawn to put the turkey in..... i like it so much i prepare for it.. getting the veggies ready christmas eve etc, laying the christmas dinner table... just love the p[reparation as much as the event, always have turkey it's tradition... with pigs in blankets, mashed potatoes, roasties, roast parsnips baton carrots, cranberry sause bread sauce, pork,, and sprouts... my other half loves them but now due to his medication he is not allowed green veg........ (vitamin k!) so at christmas he has a few...as a treat... my daughter loves the fact that his treat is sprouts, she hates them..and would rather have chocolate on the plate... she doesn't of course! lol... just love the tradition of christmas ... :)

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  131. We love a mix of traditional with something a bit different! Always have a turkey that after xmas day everyone is complaining they don't want to it! Sprouts are a must have... One year I had to go door knocking for spare sprouts as I forgot to buy them and my eldest was refusing to eat xmas dinner without them lol!! I think the best year was when we had venison, I didn't cook that year and it was absolutely lush!!! x

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  132. I will be eating turkey (this one with a bit of luck) but... either way it will be turkey!

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  133. Christmas has always been family time for me. My contribution is to dec out the table for Christmas dinner. Some years I'm not there to enjoy it as I'm a shift worker and normally end up working!!! My mum is very ott at Christmas. But this year we've had to tame her. My dad had a hip operation in july this year. Unfortunately there were unnecessary and totally avoidable complications. Which has resulted in him being away from work for longer than anticipated. So Christmas day is even more important to us this year. We are just greatful that dad is finally on the road to recovery and will hopefully be back to work in the new year. Even though I am at work again this year I would love to think that I have contributed to my families Christmas day by helping them save money on their food. It would mean so much to me to think my parents are sorted for Christmas dinner. And maybe I'll get a turkey sandwich waiting for me later that night!!!!

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  134. We will be having turkey this year with all the trimmings which is unusual for use as we usually go overboard with the lamb beef and turkey oh and prawn cocktail for starters, then by the time we come to eat the meal OH is full after picking at the meat whilst doing the cooking

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  135. Eating too much , hopefully a turkey as nice looking as the one above.Trimmings and lots of xmas pud & custard.

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  136. We are having turkey this year and we also usually have a ham as well. Christmas dinner is always a team effort between mine and my mums house so that we have enough space to cook everything. But we usually have all of the trimmings plus sweet potato pie (it has baked marshmallows on the top) and is something we picked up from having thanksgiving dinners in the USA. My most interesting christmas dinner was definitely the first year I was married because a friend gave my husband and I food poisoning on christmas eve, so it was water and crackers for us!

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  137. We'll be having turkey, lots of roast veg, a butternut squash and parsnip bake, pigs in blankets and so on! For pudding I think my mum is planning on making an apple caramel cheesecake. This is a super prize, I'd be over the moon to win thanks! I have subscribed to your newsletter too and shared on facebook x

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  138. We always have turkey and beef, with loads of veg, and enough desserts to start up a shop! Then we have it all again on boxing day as a leftovers buffet.

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  139. Hi there- big family coming! lots of turkey, trimmings and dessert! usually follow Gordon Ramsay on the telly to help the morning flow smoothly... We also have 5 vegetarians who will have a delicious filo pastry parcel stuffed with chestnuts and other seasonal teats.
    @kohsamuirosie on twitter

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  140. We will be having turkey this year however i wont be cooking as last years dinner was not great, it was my first time cooking a turkey for christmas and after 8 yes 8 hours in the oven and 2 hungry children i served it up only to find the legs still werent cooked

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  141. We are having Turkey this year traditional all the way :) and any left overs are used Boxing day with mash potato and pickled onion, piccalilli and red cabbage.

    It's what we've done since I was a little girl and this year is the first year that all the family will be coming to my house and its my turn to cook! Terrified but excited at the same time it's a pleasure to cook for my family.

    The most memorable Christmas for all of us I think was 2010 that's the year my eldest daughter Lillie decided to go overdue and make an appearance on christmas day! I was in labour all day and managed to have Christmas dinner mid contractions before going to the hospital.
    For some of my Uncle's who are very old school and had never seen their partners in labour as it was a woman's thing!! were hilarious I ended up having to comfort them :) But it was amazing seeing the wonder on their faces when the all descended on the ward the next day, they'd all stayed over to meet my little miss trouble.

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  142. We will be having normal Turkey and all the trimmings, including sprouts with pancetta, glazed carrots and homemade Christmas pudding. The best Christmas lunch was turkey and/or goose! what a treat and then a homemade Christmas pudding infused with fine brandy for a soporific afternoon!!

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  143. turkey, loads of pigs in blankets, mash, gravy , roast potato's, brussell sprouts with chestnuts, butter sauce and parma ham and carrot and parsnip mash with honey and black pepper! and cauliflower cheese with cinnamon spice for a side. and one year my mum made Christmas pudding and had the alcohol on it but it was dessert time, the oven cloth caught fire and she chucked it, hit the pudding, it went on flames and there was napkins beside it which also went up in flames, never seen my mum so shocked in all my life! was not funny at the time but looking back its hilarious!

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  144. I made pulled pork to go with the turkey last year - which was great - although my kitten tried to steal it. It was my first time cooking Christmas dinner and it went ok! PHEW!

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  145. We will be having all the family over for a traditional turkey Christmas dinner and then a second wave of present opening!

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  146. I always stay with family at xmas & both mum & sis are vegetarians so there is usually a choice of salmon or turkey & the obligatory annual single sprout - urgghhhhhh!

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  147. I'm lucky hubby cooks on xmas day but he does go all out there's turkey, pigs in blankets, sage and onion stuffing, mash, roast pots, roast parsnips, carrots, peas, brussels of course although mine have to be mashed just cant eat a brussel sprout unless its mashed and loads of gravy for pudding he tends to go for a chocolate log.

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  148. will be doing my usual large turkey crown marinaded for days in a brine solution with spices honey and all wonderful things this stops it drying out so you have a fabulous moist crown not so much my maple parsnip which where cremated last year and had to be given a decent burial! you cant win them all

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  149. I'm lucky hubby cooks on xmas day but he does go all out there's turkey, pigs in blankets, sage and onion stuffing, mash, roast pots, roast parsnips, carrots, peas, brussels of course although mine have to be mashed just cant eat a brussel sprout unless its mashed and loads of gravy for pudding he tends to go for a chocolate log.

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  150. Goose, we're having goose for christmas again and I miss turkey desperately. I tried to find one to have fake xmas dinner/thanksgiving but was utterly out of luck. Going to have to stuff my face at the office xmas lunch to make up for it!

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  151. It has to be a nice juicy turkey this year cooked by my daughter.

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  152. We have a very traditional Christmas dinner but not necessarily on Christmas day, it just depends on what day we can get the largest number of family together on one day. If it happens to be pre Christmas day then this means I have a more relaxed Christmas as cooking for and seating around 20 people can be very stressful Lol!

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  153. I think I'm having tuna steak..... but my husband will have goose (unless there's turkey!). We did an amazing champagne/lemon turkey for Thanksgiving this year. In terms of disasters, we once set fire to the Christmas pudding and it overflowed off the plate to form a ring of blue fire on the table.....

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  154. My most memorable Christmas was the first Christmas my partner spent with my parents, and my mother got so flustered, that we were halfway through the meal when she remembered we hadn't had the starters, so our meal was main course, starters, desert...

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  155. Just hoping for a relaxing, stress free family time.

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  156. It will be turkey for us this yea

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  157. My biggest christmas fail was the black forest gateau last year. None of the family like xmas pud or cake so we always have black forest gateau but I forgot to buy the cherry fruit pie filling. I grabbed a couple of tins of cheries instead and thought I could Just blend them and mybe add a bit of jam to thicken it up. I thought that the blender was struggling a bit but I was in a rush so just stuck the cherries on the cake, added the cream and stuck it in the fridge. It wasn't until we came to eat the cake I realised that tinned cherries still have stones in!!! No wonder the blender struggled - it was like cherry flavoured grit filling :(

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  158. Has to be turkey and gammon. Family surrounding the table all wearing our cracker hats. Pigs in blankets is the Best part. Best burnt story was the christmas pud my mum a few years back had a glass of wine before dinner, well we smelt plastic burning, mum had left the christmas pud steam dry lol.. picked up the pud, metled plastic everywhere lol...

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  159. Has to be Turkey and pigs in blankets. Worse Christmas was when we had a gas leak half way through cooking everything and had to shut everything, including the oven and heating off!

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  160. I didn't realise how flammable Christmas pudding can get, it wasn't like the pretty picture you see on the xmas ads, it literally burst up in a big flame and me panicking dropped it on the floor, it starts to burn the carpet, my mum and dad and stopping on the ground, my sister squirting the floor with a mini water gun she got in her cracker and thinking it was hilarious and me literally crying at the black hole that was now on my white carpet :( I can laugh now!

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  161. I shall be cooking 'THIS' Turkey, Gamon, Pigs 'n' Blankets, Sprouts, Roasted Parsnips, Carrots, Peas, Cabbage, Mash and Roast Potatoes, Stuffing, Yorkshire Puddings and for desert a Christmas Pud but for our awkward children a chocolate cake! I can say i have no burning down the house horror stories as i am a female Gordon Ramsay and can cook :-P I do however seem to break alot of stuff and its probably best not to speak to me while cooking as i can get a bit Hulk like xx - Fiona Louise McGlone

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  162. Has to be a bit of Turkey for Xmas day - I do not eat it any other time of the year. No one really likes xmas pud so a trifle and chocolate pots are a festive treat. Boxing day is now a favourite of Gammon and dauphinoise potatoes with loads of cream and garlic - brussel sprouts have to be there on both days along with my now famous red cabbage.
    The Gammon came from being able to open an oven door and chuck as much stuff in to cook for about the same amount of time! So a family tradition was born from the idea of having an easy day after Xmas.
    Have a lovely Xmas everyone.

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