On any normal Christmas day we don’t cook. The day consists of getting up, getting ready for 10:00 mass, going to church, coming home and having some breakfast, reading the paper, and then going to my brother’s apartment for the afternoon. No time to make any kind of Christmas dinner.
My other brother and his family also drop in after lunch at his mother-in-law’s. Because of this we don’t have a meal during the afternoon. That doesn’t mean we don’t eat, though. I usually take a cake or some cookies, so we basically have dessert but no meal.
Til we leave and get home it is usually around 6:00. Much too late to start cooking any kind of meal. Besides, we are a bit tired from being out all afternoon. For the past several years Christmas dinner for us was leftover Chinese food that we got earlier in the week just so we would have leftover when we get home Christmas evening.
Yes, we could have cooked the day before, but we don’t. Besides, Christmas Eve for us is a day of strict fast and abstinence – no meat and no dairy products.
This year, however, was not normal. We didn’t go anywhere. We stayed home. Because of this I decided to cook for us. We had a roast in the freezer. I didn’t feel like that. We had a ham in the freezer, but I didn’t feel like that either.
However, we had some leftover Thanksgiving turkey that I had cubed before freezing. That would be dinner. I didn’t want the usual turkey meal with stuffing, yams, and all of the fixings. Instead, when I went to the store earlier in the week I bought some baby bellas, heavy cream, and a box of spaghetti.
Dinner was going to be turkey tetrazzini. I had never made it before. I didn’t know how much work it would be to get together. I didn’t know how it would taste. Well, it did take a bit to get organized because it was my first time making it. The result? Delicious! That with a salad, rolls, and a glass of wine made our Christmas dinner. Now I know that every time we make a turkey I need to make sure there is enough left over to make turkey tetrazzini.