The Ten Christmas Dinners of Christmas

I fucking love Christmas Dinner! Excuse the bad language but I really fucking do! The month of December usually fits in quite a few Christmas dinners but sadly 2013 was a relatively light year – I only had ten. However, 2013 was the first year I decided to “live post”, on Facebook, a picture of each Turkey and Ham. So to those who didn’t know better, thought I was being excessive!

Anyway – here they are:

#1 – 2nd December 2013 – The Arches Sandwich Bar


It was the first Monday in December and a colleague informed me that the Arches was doing a Christmas Dinner in a box – he told me they were good so I thought why not.

#2 – 3rd December 2013 – Wetherspoons


A guy I used to work with and I have an annual tradition of getting a Christmas Dinner and Pint from Wetherspoons. We were supposed to get chipotle sausages with it but they had ran out – we got normal sausages instead. Not the same really.

This was when McKay started to rate the dinners.

3/10. No mash, turkey and ham look awful. I’ll allow the Yorkshire pudding because they’re tasty, although not really Christmas dinner material.

#3 – 4th December 2013 – Malone Lodge


This was at a cousin’s wedding – by chance we were served Turkey and Ham.

McKay review:

Mashed potato added in already has it at a higher level than yesterday, but the croquettes just take it to a new plane of Christmas! It’s like he just served it up on a plate and said “There’s your dinner son, knife and fork all ready, all you have to do is eat it” Take a boo! 8/10

 Samantha just pointed out that the croquettes are actually sausages. I stand by my original score though.

#4 – 6th December 2013 – RGB


Work Chirstmas dinner.

That’s a solid 9/10 effort right there.

#5 – 8th December 2013 – My House


This was the first of the home made ones. It’s turkey breast that I cut in half and put stuffing in the middle, then wrapped in bacon. It still counts!

Is that turkey or chicken? If it’s turkey, 8/10, if it’s chicken then just 6/10.

#6 – 12th December 2013 – Espresso East


I got this one from the cafe near work. I usually only get coffee here and an occasional fry but I saw someone the day before get one so I was tempted. I was taking away but they even gave me a plate (I gave it back afterwords of course)!

7/10. Potatoes don’t look creamy enough but a decent portion size makes up for it. Good effort.

#7 – 21st December 2013 – My House.


Leona and I go to our respective folk’s houses for Christmas. Last year we had “our own” Christmas dinner in Belfast – which I want to make a annual thing (any excuse for a Xmas dinner). Last year she did most of the work so for ages I was saying “This year I am going to do EVERYTHING!”.

It was all well and good, I had the Ham marinating for 24 hours (honey with rum), put streaky bacon on the turkey, had my veg and spuds prepared. All good to go. Turned the oven on and stuck the Turkey and the ham. The meat was in for a wee while and I turned on the top oven to stick the the roast potatoes and the veg (coated in honey) for roasting. I was chatting to Leona and heard a “beeeaaarrr” noise – the oven had powered down! Erm, shit. Turned the oven off on the mains and reset the dials. Turned it back on at the mains and the clock reappeared. Phew, turned the dials, the light in the oven came back on for a second then died again!

I started to get really annoyed as the meat wouldn’t be usable. My auntie lives next door but she was away so I couldn’t get to her house. I phoned another auntie who lives down the road and has a spare key. Thankfully she was near and was able to give me the key within a few minutes! This meant I had to bring all the food next door and lead to alot of darting back and fourth. Her oven wasn’t big enough for everything so had to do a bit of juggling and because the timer was gone in my oven I had to guess how long to put the turkey in for.

I ended up sitting in her kitchen by myself for a few hours while her dog, Oscar, was at the door whinging to get in. I tried to keep him happy with some of the streaky bacon. While I was looking after the roasted goods – Leona sorted out the mash and sprouts, so I didn’t get to do everything. 

Still, once I was finished, I was chuffed I got it made despite the obstacles. No McKay review though – he didn’t know the effort I had to go through!

The oven didn’t need replaced. It just needed a new fuse.

#8 – 22nd December 2013 – My House 


Leftovers from night before. No McKay review.

#9 – 25th December 2013 – The Folk’s


With three types of potato (mash, roast and garlic creamy).

McKay managed to get his last review in

Excellent. 9/10. I don’t normally like cabbage but that looks great. One point taken off for not basing the dinner to end just before or start just after the Queens speech.

#10 – 26th December 2013 – Folk’s House



Yeah so that’s it. When I was a student I probably had one everyday so this is light in comparison. Also, I’m sure I had turkey in Leona’s folk’s house, but I can’t remember if it was just a sandwich or it was a full dinner and I just forgot to take a photo. Ah well.