Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hardly any days left!


Christmas is now hurtling at us like a freight train, but I think we are nearly ready - except for the last of the food!

Cards are sent, presents, except for a few stocking fillers, are bought and around half of them wrapped. Yep, we are getting there!

Food wise, we are switching back to a routine that we had a few years back.

On Christmas Eve we do a large gammon and eat this with cheese, rice and fresh home made rolls. This is something that we all enjoy - quite an achievement in our house!

On Christmas Day we do not have a set meal, but allow everyone to eat tons of biscuits, chocolate, etc, and then cook a series of savoury things throughout the day to be eaten as a buffet. We find that this works well as it means that we are not telling the kids to leave the goodies alone all day, not dishing up a huge meal when no one is actually hungry and finally not slaving in the kitchen when there is fun to be had elsewhere!

Boxing Day sees the big dinner, but instead of the massive ostrich sized turkey that we often feel obliged to buy we are either having a variety of other meat - beef, pork and duck - or an alternative that the kids like the sound of is to cook a batch of small chickens and have one each! We will see how it turns out!

Most of all we are hoping that the holiday will give us time to relax and get ourselves sorted out physically and emotionally to take on 2008 - who knows what that will have in store for us?

This might be my last post of the year - if it is I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year. May all your wishes, dreams and prayers come true in 2008.

Love and hugs (if appropriate)

Rock Chef

21 comments:

Logziella said...

The food sounds DELISH!!!! I am jealous!! Your holiday sounds like it's going to be a huge success for all. I'm with you on the relaxing and prepareing for 2008...I have a feeling it's going to be one GREAT year.

Merry Christmas to you and your family Rock Chef!

krista said...

Merry Christmas Rock Chef! I hope that the New Year brings you good health and happiness!
Have a great, relaxing holiday!

Jahooni said...

Missing you already...

Have a wonderful Hoiday Season!!!
HO HO HO HO!

Princess of the Universe said...

Pardon my ignorance, but what's a gammon?

Kiki said...

I'm with Princess...what's gammon?? But I LOVE the idea of grazing through the meals, that is my favorite way to eat, pick a little, hang out a little. Mmmmmm, fun! Sad that this is potentially it until the new year, but glad that you will be with your family and enjoying all the festivities!!! {{{{HUGS}}} are always appropriate, right back at ya!!!

Rock Chef said...

Logzie - yes, I am thinking that 2008 will be a good one too.

Krista - Thanks, you too.

Jahooni - Missing you too!

Princess and Kiki - Gammon - You might think of it as a "Ham" I guess? A big bit of really tasty pig, anyway.

Terri said...

Merry Christmas to you John, and your family as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, humor and glimpses of your life with all of us in the past year. Your writings are fun, entertaining, and quite often inspiring. Enjoy your holidays! HUGS!

Rock Chef said...

Terri - thanks for that! Blogging has been a big part of my 2007. I can't imagine what it would have been like without you all. I wonder what Rock Cheff will find to blog about in 2008!

Ali said...

Merry Christmas John - I miss you already.
And I wish you so much health and happiness and good luck in the next year that you may get sick of things always going right.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Rock Chef said...

Ali - thanks, I look forward to blogging about that! :-)

Marie said...

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Let's hope it snows.

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kenady said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Happy eating and can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2008! hugs and love, e

amazingbrenda said...

Sounds like a great tradition to have. Not to mention the slaving around the kitchen. I might take a few pointers from you.

Have a Merry Christmas & a very Happy New year.

Jen said...

I took some time off from the blog too. I really don't know how anyone had time to continue to type on the computer during this time? My hats off to them, for sure!

Anyhow, I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that 2008 brings great thing to your and yours!

Logziella said...

Missing our Rock Chef...

Kiki said...

Miss you...can't wait for you to come back!!!

kenady said...

Happy New Year, Rock Chef! Can't wait to hear how your Holidays went:)

Terri said...

"Ahem....." Checks watch.... taps toe.....

Don'tcha think it's about time you came back???

Jahooni said...

Have you been buried under 10 feet of snow? HELLLOOOOOO

Terri said...

Getting worried....