What to eat at Christmas instead of turkey

What to eat at Christmas instead of turkey

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG  Sunday 3rd October 2021

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What to eat at Christmas instead of turkey

The best advice I can give anyone panicking about the Christmas turkey is – don’t. Small producers, who tend to employ more local labour, report that it should be business as usual for them, though they do advise ordering early.

If you can’t find a whole bird within your price range at your local farm, imagine yourself tucking into your seventh turkey sandwich of the season and consider scaling down. We waste the equivalent of 263,000 birds every Christmas, so you might even save yourself some money with a couple of legs (frankly, the best tasting bits) or a crown instead. Less turkey means more room for roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, bread sauce – you know, the things that everyone not so secretly prefers.

Equally, you could happily substitute a duck, a goose, a big chicken, or indeed a quail or a partridge apiece, depending on what’s available locally. Perhaps, however, this is the year that you finally realise that vague plan to ring the changes with a shoulder or belly of pork, which work well with the traditional turkey accompaniments and come with the added bonus of crackling. Alternatively, make baked ham the star, rather than the Boxing Day understudy, or swap the bread sauce for mint and serve up a slow-roasted shoulder of lamb, goat or hogget – more forgiving of the harassed cook than leg, and cheaper too.

Or maybe it’s time to come good on that claim you’ve really cut down on meat and ditch it altogether in favour of a vegan wellington, a stuffed squash, or any of the many wonderful vegetarian ideas you can find on the internet. After all, Christmas is about more than just a big bird.

Felicity Cloake 

TOP TWENTY OF THE DAY

TOP TWENTY ALTERNATIVES MEALS INSTEAD OF TURKEY FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER

1          Goose

2          Duck

3          Pork (Belly, Leg, etc)

4          Lamb

5          Beef

6          McDonalds / Big Mac /Happy Meal

7          Venison – Make sure it is not Rudolf!

8          Partridge (in a pear tree.)

9          Pheasant

10        Cod in batter and Chips

11        Pie, chips and peas

12        Pizza with all the trimmings

13        Nut Roast

14        Quail

15        Ostrich Meat

16        Cow Pie (Remember Desperate Dan’s Favourite feast).

17        Ham Hock

18        Hog Roast

19        Steak

20        A Curry

1st RESERVE – Chicken or Capon.

 

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet. Gustave Flaubert

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…Christmas without turkey leftovers.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

LOVE IS…

Love is…having someone to do things with.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to have a Roast Turkey Christmas Dinner…A time to have a Nut Roast Christmas Dinner.

YOUR HISTORY

3rd October

1811 The first recorded women’s county cricket match – between Hampshire and Surrey at Newington.

1906 SOS became the international distress signal, replacing the call sign CDQ, sometimes explained as ‘Come Damn Quick!’

1916 The birth, in Sunderland, of James Alfred Wight (James Herriot ), vet and author of ‘All Creatures Great & Small’. His surgery was in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

1952 News of the end of tea rationing meant the prospect of unlimited ‘cuppas’ for the first time in 12 years.

1956 The Bolshoi Ballet performed in Britain, at Covent Garden, for the first time.

1959 Postcodes were introduced in Britain.

 

 

 

©2021 Phil M Robinson