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Title : WHAT DO BRITISH PEOPLE EAT FOR CHRISTMAS?
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Yorkshire pudd on your christmas lunch ? Ok people do it l know but its not traditional.....theres plenty other things on your plate no need for yorky pudd....your christmas plate should reflect the season...as in 18c or 15c...really traditional...alot of todays christmas is commercialy driven by whats sold in the shops.....but if you cook yourself evverything you can make it REAL....l always make everything 23rd/24th...prepared.. 25th just have brkfast and turn it all on....simple.
I do not understand the drama about all that prep on christmas day.....WHY ? Do it day before at leasure....
I guess it depends on how youre brought up and your income...but we always had a five course xmas dinner......starter..soup...fish..main..pudd.....coffee liquers....satsumas ..nuts...mince pies... certainly a glass or two of red or white.....it should be a feast....its christmas day....like medieveal times...abundance....then sit in settee eat chocolates watch a movie....
I'm a brit living in the US and I missed mince pies so badly this Christmas! I don't understand the whole Christmas cookie thing in the US because you can eat cookies any time of the year. I also missed drinking Dutch Advocaat (although Egg Nog is pretty damn good) and After Eight mints! Ahh, there's no place like home!
I go to my father's for Christmas he likes to be different at Christmas his hobby is cooking. We usually have something unusual from around the world at Christmas. We do always have the cold meats and mash with pickles and red cabbage etc on Boxing day the best meal at Christmas in my opinion. We had lobster for Christmas dinner once ☺
Christmas dinner for me has always had several meats on the plate, chicken, turkey, beef, pork in the sausage meat and in recent years the pigs in blankets but never heard of anyone having pheasant or goose (although I understand they made be old traditional choices). We always have the cold meats for tea in the evening and usually again on boxing day with mash and pickles. Also, this may sound posh to some but trust me I am very working class from London but, I don't think I have ever had a Christmas dinner without a choice of prawn cocktail with brown bread and butter or pate on crisp bread for starters? My bro in law's family originate from up north and he insists on having sliced raw onions in vinegar and cauliflower cheese, too, which are both delicious additions :)
We have trifle for tea on Christmas Day (About 4:30 pm) along with Christmas Cake and also Yule Log, Ham and Stilton Cheese, and of course Pork Pie. For Christmas Dinner (About 12:30 pm) dessert we have Christmas Pudding. Yorkshire Pudding isn't a Christmas Food, but we do have it EVERY Sunday with Sunday Dinner. Most people have a big joint of Beef for Christmas dinner, though of course Turkey is also very popular, WE ALWAYS have Brussel Sprouts. Pheasant is NEVER eaten at Christmas. A nice video, but nearly everything you say is incorrect. Also most Brits think Americans eat Turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Cranberry sauce isn't traditional here. It's a very recent import from America, but it's pretty quickly become ubiquitous.
By the way, goose is really rare for Christmas dinner (other than using goose fat to roast potatoes) and NOBODY eats Pheasant! I think you need to fire your informant!
My Nan always used to add an old silver sixpence to the Christmas pudding she used to make herself. Sixpence was an old coin issued before the UK decimalised their currency in 1971. The finder of the coin on Christmas Day whilst eating the pudding is supposed to have good luck and wealth the following year. We continue this tradition today by using the same coin as her, as it must be made of silver, as the nickel coins of today can not be cooked into the pudding.
Goose was always the traditional bird eaten at Christmas in England before turkey was introduced to England from America around 500 years ago. A Victorian recipe eaten by the upper class was 5 bird roast, which is different birds boned and rolled together and tied with string. Traditional Christmas puddings are trifle and Christmas pudding. Mince pies are really a snack.
Yorkshire pudding? With turkey? First time I've heard of that! It traditionally goes with beef. What my family does is spend the day at my sister's house, exchange presents, and her partner cooks turkey and stuffing, gravy, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, carrots and brussels sprouts. Followed by Christmas pudding and mince pies. Judging by the quantity of parsnips and brussels my local Waitrose always seems to be desperately selling off cheap afterwards, we may not be unusual. Yes, it sounds rather similar to what I have heard Americans do for Thanksgiving.
Goose is traditional for Christmas lunch (read Dickens's "A Christmas Carol") but turkey seems to have taken over in the last century or so. The trouble with turkey is it's difficult to roast a whole turkey without the breast drying out as it cooks quicker than the legs, which is of course the point of stuffing the bird, but still, many people claim not to like turkey and there are always suggestions for alternatives all over the media. Goose, like duck, is fattier.
Brussels sprouts are a weird thing... for some reason they seem to be an almost compulsory part of Christmas lunch despite the fact that so many people profess not to like them, so why do people still cook them anyway? I like them but I'm well aware there are plenty who disagree.
If you have a trifle, it's rare to have it with the lunch. Making a Christmas trifle is not unusual but you'd eat it at other meals.
Christmas pudding is THE huge omission from this video! Definitely best eaten in small portions because it's very rich.
You don't have Yorkshire Pudding with Turkey! You have it with Roast BEEF!
Turkey+Pork+Pigs in Blankets+Roast Potatoes+Roast Parsnip+Mashed Potatoes+Mashed Swede+Carrots+Peas+Stuffing+Gravy+Apple Sauce+Cranberry Sauce.
I will NOT eat Brussels Sprouts!
Everybody beat me regarding the Christmas Pudding! But you didn't mention roast potatoes, traditionally cooked in goose fat or beef dripping, though vegetable oil will do. Sorry, Mr. Sunny, Yorkie Puds are NOT for Christmas dinner (but I won't say No; thank you, two please). May I also say a word for Christmas Day breakfast? Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and a glass of bubbly or bucks fizz (if it's non-vintage) for me!