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Dec 25, 2007 06:49 AM

Unusual Christmas Dinner

Most years in the past, we have had the traditional turkey for Christmas, with as many family members as we could gafher.

This year, most of them are scattered, and we are in a place that does not lend itself to big dinners. So, there are just three of us here, and we are going to have Bloody Caesars with sausage rolls in the afternoon, followed by Kung-Pao Chicken (a favourite dish) and rice for dinner.

Is anyone else having an unconventional Christmas dinner?

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah (although a bit belated), or Eid Mubarak to all.

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  1. I'm making a leg of lamb braised in a coffee chipotle sauce that I'll serve over chive & garlic mashed potatoes. We'll follow that with a green salad and a cheese course.

    1. As a Jew, I feel compelled to be a smartass and note that 'Kung Pao Chicken is not the unconventional Christmas dinner. (Of course, never made it,, just ordered in or at the resto.)

      1. We had a somewhat traditional Quebec Xmas dinner, what with the pigs' feet stew, tourtière and meatballs (for the meat-eaters) - though it did shock the European side of the family.

        Oh, and the sides weren't typical: pita bread, French cheeses, curried rice pilaf and roasted mushrooms. For dessert, we had a mix - homemade donuts, Italian pastries and some cake my mom invented.

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        1. re: piccola

          piccola, the host served us lapin au vin blanc and a lot of vegetable sides.

          I've made a venison tourtière; I often make vegetarian ones (in any event, incorporating McAuslan Oatmeal Stout - that dark beer is a great ingredient even for non-beer drinkers, and I use it when making onions soup for vegetarian friends). . Non, ragoût de pattes, traditional though it may be, does not appeal.

          Often I make a paella.

          1. re: lagatta

            How do you make the veg tourtière? I used to buy one made with millet from a local baker, but they don't make it anymore.

            My mom makes ragoût de pattes once every few years, so all the omnivores were thrilled. Luckily there was so much other stuff that I didn't feel neglected (and people were gracious enough to give me first pick of the veggies).

        2. we had a traditional English Xmas in Florida - turkey, roast spuds, vegetables, Bisto gravy, stuffing, sausages, Christmas pud, mince pies, brandy butter and chocolate roulade complete with Christmas crackers, read out the jokes and wore our silly hats

          1. Up until three years ago the "traditional" Christmas dinner was a big roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and Waldorf salad at my parents house. Now it's just three of us at home at we're building our own tradtitions. Last year I did a too-simple pork tenderloin. It was so easy I found myself with almost nothing to do all afternoon. So this year we made big old batches of shrimpy eggrolls, Peking ravioli, and fried chicken wings. It all took hours to make (too busy making cookies and candy to do any prepping ahead) but it was soo good....I'ld do it again.