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Christmas in Canada 2020: what food and drink are you looking to buy, prepare and eat?

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Christmas in Canada 2020: what food and drink are you looking to buy, prepare and eat?

Christmas in Canada 2020 edition: what food and drink are you looking to buy, prepare and eat?

looking forward to fruit bread and eggnog. nom nom nom
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Just my usual Turkey dinner. I've ordered a free range turkey from a local farm. Other than that, I'll usually make shortbread cookies, butter tarts and possibly Nanaimo bars.
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Overall I'm cutting back dramatically as its just going to be the two of us this year (not going to chance going to family) and I'm no longer working. I already bought a box of stuffing mix, have a can of turkey gravy and a turkey breast is in the freezer - it'll be pretty basic as you can no doubt tell. I'll pick up a Weston Christmas pudding at Metro, in past years I would go for a Marks & Spencer and one year I got a Lilypuds but they're too expensive for me now. I do plan on making a panettone just for fun to see how it turns out.
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icantfigureoutausername wrote: a turkey breast is in the freezer
We've actually been doing this a lot. Both of us like turkey, but not a week worth of turkey. Our child has no interest. A couple pound breast gives us a couple meals and we eat turkey much more often now because of it. (Metro often has boneless skinless half breast of turkey on for 8.80/kg)
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UrbanPoet wrote: Oh... i like a weeks worth of turkey. Lol.

Theres about a 100 ways you can eat turkey

Turkey sandwich
Turkey stir fry
Turkey taco
Turkey chili
Turkey curry
Turkey soup

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LOL!

I find we eat turkey more often now doing just a breast - once every 3 weeks to a month. Still gives us leftover options...

Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Enchiladas
Turkey Egg Rolls
Turkey Nachos
Turkey Chowder
Turkey Pizza
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Already got a carton of the PC egg nog. So good!

We too won’t be visiting family this year. Probably do a turkey breast instead. We’ll make some goodies and give most them to the neighbours.
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Spiral ham, potatoes, corn, buns, apple sauce. With the people that live here, same as Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to not making turkey and all the fixings for 30 people! This will be our first Christmas dinner at home.
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UrbanPoet wrote: Oh... i like a weeks worth of turkey. Lol.

Theres about a 100 ways you can eat turkey

Turkey sandwich
Turkey stir fry
Turkey taco
Turkey chili
Turkey curry
Turkey soup
Turkey congee
Turkey fried rice
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Depends on what's on sale.

Did a 16 lb turkey for TG and though we (safely) shared it with neighbours, we were eating turkey for over a week.. Thankfully lots of dressing and gravy which is what always seems to run out first.

Wife wants to do baking of her ethnic heritage (hasn't done it in years, and her lifelong friend of the same ethnic heritage who usually does all the baking is out this year due to a health condition) but we need a lot of butter (early hit on SDM this weekend!).

Talking about a beef wellington if we find beef tenderloin cheap enough (PCO has stopped giving me beef offers - use them way too much) or maybe try our hand at a tourtière.
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thriftshopper wrote: maybe try our hand at a tourtière.
Do you have a recipe for this you would be willing to share? Tourtière is definitely on my to make list!
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KevinM56081 wrote: Do you have a recipe for this you would be willing to share? Tourtière is definitely on my to make list!
Never made it before and there are all sorts of variations. I will be using at least one from a cookbook (actually two, latest from a thrift shop last week) I have written by a Montréal hewspaper columnist (Julian Armstrong). Though many recipes call for 3 meats, one of them - veal- is said to be a waste as you don't taste it. Only reason for veal was male calves were too costly to raise on hay over the winter (reason why a certain renown veal dish is so popular in my wife's parents' homeland). These days, people usually make do with pork. I don't know them that well but there are more than a couple of Québecois transplants (Val'dor area) where I am for their recipes/variations.
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Thanks @thriftshopper. I have been eyeing the internet, so may continue down that path. If I remember and it turns out well, I will throw what I use out with a recommendation.
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Looks like it is what meat you use, and seasoning and herbs. I imagine recipes came down with what les habitants had available to them. Pork used to be predominant as it was cheap but now beef is more popular. I will probably use pork and beef and whatever other ground meats I can find cheap at RCSS (chicken, turkey, veal) or even cut small strips.

Savoury and parsley for herbs.
Celery, garlic and onions for aromatics.
Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, etc. for spices in addition to salt & pepper.

Some cut it with potatoes (a heresy to others) and some with oats (which the Maison du Rôti in Montréal does).

Look for the recipes in french and you will get all the regional variations and more.
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Undecided yet but tourtière just might make the menu. Here is a recipe I use; note it's for 6 pies so adjust accordingly. As mentioned above, you can vary the meat, seasoning, etc. to your liking.

https://www.ricardocuisine.com/en/recip ... tourtieres

We'll definitely have panettone as I made one for the first time this week and it was a hit. Mind you, I used a loaf pan instead of a panettone pan but it worked out.
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KevinM56081 wrote: Do you have a recipe for this you would be willing to share? Tourtière is definitely on my to make list!
Mary Berg’s tortiere recipe is good. Not sure if it’s available online.
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Noob baker here - does this still work ok with tenderflake readymade pastry shell or is it noticeably better if you roll it out yourself?
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I make mine with ground pork and throw in some ground up bacon for extra seasoning. Not too much though, or it starts to taste like sausage. Onions, celery, garlic, parsley, thyme, no sage, smidge of ground clove, pinch of cinnamon, bay leaf (remove when putting filling in crust). Seasoned salt and pepper. Thicken with bread crumbs.
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UrbanPoet wrote: Oh... i like a weeks worth of turkey. Lol.

Theres about a 100 ways you can eat turkey

Turkey sandwich
Turkey stir fry
Turkey taco
Turkey chili
Turkey curry
Turkey soup

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KevinM56081 wrote: LOL!

I find we eat turkey more often now doing just a breast - once every 3 weeks to a month. Still gives us leftover options...

Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Enchiladas
Turkey Egg Rolls
Turkey Nachos
Turkey Chowder
Turkey Pizza
blarg wrote: Turkey congee
Turkey fried rice
48 hours later.

I think... thats about it.

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