Procrastinating as usual, when faced with a long list of overdue chores, I merrily whiled away a few hours on twitter, as you do... and thought I'd find out which Christmas food and drinks my twitter friends' most love and hate.
I did the same last year and really loved reading all the responses!
Many people got so carried away telling me about what they are most looking forward to that they clean forgot to let me know what they hope to avoid! Of course, it's always nicer to focus on enjoyment, isn't it?
Most frequently mentioned in the "love" column are mince pies. Most aren't fussy about their provenance though some do insist on their mums' home-made versions.
In second place are leftover turkey sandwiches. Some insist on sage and onion stuffing in there too. @talkie_tim is very specific with his recipe calling for turkey, fresh cos lettuce, home made mayo and Jarlsberg cheese on sesame bloomer.
Quite a few tie for third place:- sprouts, beef, chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, goose and smoked salmon (with or without scrambled eggs and preferably wild).
Honourable mentions also go to champagne, whisky and whiskey, pigs-in-blankets, mulled drinks (cider and wine are both listed), ham and bread sauce.
Some of the rarer responses include cappelletti in brodo, caviar, cheese, Christmas pudding (I thought it would be more popular), home-baked biscuits, honey mustard parsnips, @bribedwithfood's dad's whiskey sours, pandoro, panettone, port, Pedro Ximinez sherry, Quality Street, real ale, spongata (I had to look it up too), stollen, wine and zimtsterne (yes, and that one).
At the top of the hate column is Christmas pudding.
Next are Christmas cake, sprouts and turkey. Well, you just can't please everyone, can you?
Also listed are eggnog, fish, marzipan, mince pies, panforte, an excess of dried fruit in everything, thick icing on cakes and traditional Portuguese boiled salt cod.
As for me?
Favourites include a huge roast dinner (roast beef or lamb please with lots of roast potatoes and parsnips, savoy cabbage and some decent gravy), Christmas pudding with brandy cream (brandy butter just won't do), a truly magnificent cheese board, a good stash of decent chocolate, a box of top quality dates, pfeffernüsse biscuits, smoked salmon and prawn cocktail, a measure or two (or three) of Pedro Ximinex and lots of other loves I'll think of just after I share this post!
You can keep your ghastly sprouts, Christmas cake (though I'll have your marzipan thanks), turkey and endless leftovers. And your panettone as well!
What are your most loved and hated Christmas food and drinks?