December 16, 2013
I love Christmas dinner, I get quite excited at just the thought of it… but then some would say I’m easily pleased.
Turkey and all the trimmings… Sunday lunch in overdrive - basically “meat and two veg” with added extras (which, in terms of balanced nutritional meals is one of the “good guys”), and whilst the basics are always the same, which ever table we sit down to dine at on Christmas Day, there are differences.
Growing up I recall my mum cooking the turkey overnight on Christmas Eve. Twin and I would wake up in the morning (or if Twin had her way about twenty minutes after our parents had put our pillowcase of presents at the foot of our bed) and set about opening gifts with the smell of the roasting turkey wafting gently up the stairs.
The morning would start with a slice of toast… just enough to stop rumbling tummies without spoiling our appetite for the main meal of the day and then the morning would be spent peeling potatoes, trimming sprouts and slicing carrots. Everything was prepared from scratch and each of us would have our assigned jobs. Dad would commandeer Twin and I to help him carry the table from the dining room, round the front of the house (which is very old and has very narrow internal doorways), through the huge solid oak front door and then he would tend to the place settings whilst Twin and I would head back into the kitchen to help mum prepare the meal. (To this day, my December 25th gravy is traditionally made with a little fat from the meat, gravy browning, cornflower, vegetable water and an extraordinary amount of stirring!)
When it comes to dessert I am a huge Christmas pudding fan (as is my dad) and love rich fruit cake. Twin and mum are not partial so we would always have a sponge pudding and custard alternative. Rum truffles are another family favourite… not the tiny chocolates in the box; or the icing sugar dainties… but the ones using up stale sponge cake and covered in chocolate vermicelli. I have decided truffles will form part of my festive offerings and so I’m all ready to crack on and cook on.
I have also spent time perusing the wonderful WLR database and have selected three recipes and so will spend with my shopping list of ingredients for the mince pies, banana cake and coconut biscuits which will be offered to guests in our home and as a gift when we visit others… But it was hard to just stick to three - the recipe database was an absolute treasure trove of weight-loss-friendly suggestions… some from the experts here at WLR but the vast majority shared by the amazing WLR members themselves.
There are ideas for every possible seasonal offering… sweets, sprouts, carrots and cakes… the database has ideas for them all, which are carefully accounted for; designed to be a treat for the taste buds; guaranteed to please even the most difficult of palates; and without any hint at all that they are part of a weight loss eating plan (if you don’t tell them I guarantee none of your guests will have a clue that they are enjoying the fruits of the WLR collective wisdom). It means that I will be able to share and enjoy the food sure in the knowledge that my journey continues… with all of the pleasure and none of the pain of feeling like I am missing out.
So, if in the final run up to Christmas you find yourself stuck for a gift idea, or are just looking for something different to bring to the table… why not head to the recipe database and prepare something special that you can enjoy with others? There is something for everyone… the only question is… what will you choose?
With a hug.