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Please critique my Boxing Day menu

I am hosting a luncheon party for 12 family members on Boxing Day! How does this sound?

Smoked salmon on toast, cream cheese, traditional accompaniments

Gooseberry tarts with goat cheese crowns

Arugula, pear, walnut salad

Watercress soup (chilled)

Beef stew (hot) with homemade rolls, mushroom butter

Scallop and garlic mousse, fried shallots

Asparagus, chile hollandaise

Rack of lamb with mint jelly

Potatoes au gratin

Cider donuts, powdered sugar

Strawberry sorbet, fudge sauce

Drinks: Eggnog spiked with rum, tea, coffee, blueberry or lime cola

Thoughts?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 9612/29/2012

Sounds delicious but VERY rich. I guess I don't understand why the stew AND the lamb.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 112/19/2011

How old are the people in your family? It seems a bit much -- and the day after Christmas when most people have too much to eat, I think most people would prefer something a bit on the lighter side.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 212/19/2011

Oh .. HYACINTH!!!

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 312/19/2011

I think it sounds wonderful, and am assuming that it will be beautifully presented luncheon buffet.

But listen Mary. I want the recipe for the stew, and the scallop and garlic mousse, and I want it NOW.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 412/19/2011

Too much food

Cold soup in December?

Do a buffet or eliminate one of the meat courses

Cider donuts seem inelegant when compared to the rest of the menu

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 512/19/2011

I don't eat seafood or lamb or eggnog.

Everything else sounds yummy.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 612/19/2011

The overelaborate preparations of the Fussy Menu Queen are a Datalounge holiday tradition!

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 712/19/2011

Strawberry sorbet and asparagus??? In December???

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 812/19/2011

You sound like a prissy little piss-pot. I hope you have the nearest cardiac care unit on stand-by!

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 912/19/2011

Oh. My. Word. Aren't WE fancy!? Gooseberry tarts with goat cheese CROWNS! Get the HELL over yourself!

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 1012/19/2011

[quote]I don't eat seafood or lamb or eggnog.

The children's table will be set with Kraft Mac and Cheese just for you, Lambchop.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 1112/19/2011

Will you be serving it on the Royal Worcester double-glazed Avignon china, or the Royal Doulton china with the hand-painted periwinkles?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 1212/19/2011

Sounds delicious, op.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 1312/19/2011

how funny a pretentious American pretending to be having a Boxing Day celebration.

The cream cheese was a dead give away

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 1412/19/2011

[quote] Cold soup in December?

The OP could be in Australia or New Zealand. It's summer there, ya know.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 1512/19/2011

What a bunch of stupid twaddle. It's gonna end up in the crapper the next day.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 1612/19/2011

How do I get an invitation OP? Sounds wonderful.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 1712/19/2011

Still having little staggers over your menu, OP

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 1812/19/2011

What time is dinner????

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 1912/19/2011

Skip the cider doughnuts and the potatoes au gratin. Those are comfort food for Secret Santa fraus.

The rest of it is great.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 2012/19/2011

That's a hell of a lot of food for 12 people.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 2112/19/2011

Lord, that's a lot of food! Are you cooking all of that yourself?

Is there no Chinese take-out close by? That's better after all the heavy Christmas food.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 2212/19/2011

What a coincidence.

It's exactly what I whippped up for myself for dinner tonight when I got home from work.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 2312/19/2011

[quote]

in other words...

Please tell me how fabulous I am!

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 2412/19/2011

A bit prosaic, but for family it doesn't really matter. For Boxing Day I'd reconsider the chilled cress soup, and go with a hot creamed watercress soup so you can have a proper choice with the "stew." Drop the rolls with the stew - not right with this menu. Are the shallots on or in the mousse? Scallop mousse is dodgy, you know. Choose a lighter potato dish and add a green vegetable, please.

You ARE serving this a la Russe, of course? NOT buffet? Otherwise fuck off.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 2512/19/2011

If you are going to be boxing, I suggest something much lighter. Otherwise you will be vomiting all over the ring.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 2612/19/2011

Cold soup on Boxing day? Could one face green liquidized stuff on Boxing day?

It all sounds very nice, but simplify it. No one will have room for all that food after Christmas day.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 2712/19/2011

W&W for R26.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 2812/19/2011

What's Boxing day?

I'm too tired to Google.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 2912/19/2011

OP, are you gay? Because that menu makes you sound gay.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 3012/19/2011

Ho-hum....

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 3112/19/2011

and makes his quests sound like hogs.

How much food do these people put away. You're cooking for an army.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 3312/19/2011

Will you be serving colonics afterwards?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 3412/20/2011

Maybe it's like a tasting menu?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 3512/20/2011

Hmm...Boxing Day...

No jockstrap en croute (cup optional)?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 3612/20/2011

Very pedestrian.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 3712/20/2011

Yum, sounds fantastic.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 3812/20/2011

So pretentious.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 3912/20/2011

Well, of course he's gay. How could he not be? Are we not renowned for this sort of extravagance, and deservedly so? I for one am impressed with the tasking and creativity involved with all of this, and I'm sure the guests will as well. (Might consider putting an extra fan in the powder room.)

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 4012/20/2011

[quote]Smoked salmon on toast

On toast? With cream cheese? Must be an American.

So why are you celebrating Boxing Day? If you were a Brit you'd be eating cold turkey, salad, leftover Christmas Pud and then going down the pub for the evening.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 4112/20/2011

blueberry cola?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 4212/20/2011

Is this The Fabulous OP? I've missed you and you're SubZero delightfulness!!

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 4312/20/2011

I want to throw up just reading your menu

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 4412/20/2011

OP - Here are my thoughts...

Overall comments: I can't work out how you are structuring the menu - entree?, mains? desert? There are too many 'fancy' dishes. And there are too many rich dishes. And some of the dishes are very fiddly.

"Smoked salmon on toast, cream cheese, traditional accompaniments" Is this an entree? And why on oast?

"Gooseberry tarts with goat cheese crowns" Is a sweet or savoury dish?

"Arugula, pear, walnut salad" Why Arugla? And what is this an accompaniment to?

"Watercress soup (chilled)" Is watercress easy to obtain? And why chilled?

All of the above dishes are 'fancy' and things that many people might not like. I wouldn't eat any of them.

"Beef stew (hot) with homemade rolls, mushroom butter" Why homemade rolls? And why not just plain butter?

"Scallop and garlic mousse, fried shallots" Is this hot or cold? What accompanies it? And why fried shallots?

"Asparagus, chile hollandaise" Hot or cold? And why 'chile' hollandaise?

Rack of lamb with mint jelly

Potatoes au gratin

Where are the other vegetables?

And what about the vegetarians?

"Cider donuts, powdered sugar" Can't you have these at the basketball game?

"Strawberry sorbet, fudge sauce" Why fudge sauce?

"Drinks: Eggnog spiked with rum, tea, coffee, blueberry or lime cola" Why blueberry? While lime cola?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 4512/20/2011

I agree with R45 - it seems like you're trying too hard. "Fancy" doesn't necessarily mean better.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 4612/20/2011

I would like mashed potatoes and meatloaf, please.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 4712/20/2011

All ingredients are readily available in Australia. You must be an Aussie.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 4812/20/2011

Unlikely to have cider donuts in Australia.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 4912/20/2011

Sorry OP, I'm ready to vom thinking about all the smells and how the flavors just don't go together. And it's way, way too much food.

Mushroom butter sounds vile.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 5012/20/2011

Lamb with mint jelly is so '50s. And does anyone even like mint jelly? There are so many better ways to serve lamb.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 5112/20/2011

We're having halupnicks.

Cabbage rolls and coffee... can't be beat!

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 5212/20/2011

Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Scrapping the donuts and potatoes (too carby) and subbing in another salad -- feta and orzo, perhaps!

I cannot wait to get cooking. Yes, I'm making it all myself, and it will be served buffet-style.

My family consists of many big eaters, so I'm not afraid of having too much food. All leftovers will go to my local soup kitchen.

Should I also include wine or sparkling?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 5312/20/2011

Yes, definitely include wine. And I'd like to bring regular Coke to drink, would that be okay?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 5412/20/2011

Feta and orzo is as carby as gratin potatoes.

Also, you don't serve soup or stew buffet style.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 5512/20/2011

I'm RSVP'ing ...I won't be there, the meal sounds disgusting.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 5612/20/2011

Now now, r56. We can't all graze at Taco Bell every day!

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 5712/20/2011

I wouldn't feed that shit to my dog.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 5812/20/2011

Like little houses, all of them.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 5912/20/2011

I hope one of your guests takes a dump on your sofa.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 6012/20/2011

It is all over the map, and mint jelly is used to cover the flavor of old mutton and not to be served with lamb.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 6112/20/2011

What? No spaghetti and meatballs?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 6212/20/2011

This really does read like the holiday menu at a "good" hotel in Racine, Wisconsin.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 6312/20/2011

Good to see you dropped the potatoes and donuts. but still too much food. You should still simplify your menu even further. How about dropping the gooseberry tarts and the watercress soup as well? A soup in a buffet just gets messy. And the arugula, pear and walnut salad sounds disgusting -- how about just a green salad instead? And you still need another vegetable dish.

Every dish doesn't have to be a work of art, you know. Why are you so obsessed with impressing your family members with your fancy menu?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 6412/20/2011

OP, yours is the gayest post ever on DL.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 6512/20/2011

Arugula, pear and walnut salad sounds fabulous to me.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 6612/20/2011

What the fuck is Boxing Day?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 6712/20/2011

Everything sounds great, but the stew doesn't fit in with the rest of the menu.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 6812/20/2011

This is why they hate us.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 6912/20/2011

[quote]I don't eat seafood or lamb

Every host's dream guest: An adult with the culinary tastes of a bratty 8 year-old.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 7012/20/2011

The menu seems a tad girly for watching a boxing match.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 7112/20/2011

"What the fuck is Boxing Day?"

On December 26, you take all the boxes from Christmas morning and recycle them. And then you have lunch.

Boxing Day.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 7212/20/2011

OP - Americans only care about Boxing Day if we are invited over to eat.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 7312/20/2011

OP, are you and your family in service?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 7412/20/2011

So many clods here. Ho ho for the sports posts. Idiots.

OP, don't add that salad. You really are going over with it. Enough.

Ignore the ass chiding the mint jelly. Lamb is perfectly well serves with it, especially if it is a family favorite OR if the family is unfamiliar with it.

Remember to have fun.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 7512/20/2011

Boxing Day was traditionally the servant staff celebrated Christmas. I think I do know that when we were in London one Christmas, the city was pretty much shut down both days. No tube service on Christmas. cabs were double the price. No West End theatre performances either day.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 7612/20/2011

I love the spirit with which OP R53 reads it all and moves right along. Host with the Most.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 7712/20/2011

Boxing Day is leftovers from Christmas Day plus something a cold ham if there won't be enough. It's never anything that fancy or fussy. It's supposed to be a hyper-relaxed, minimal cook type of a day.

The idea of cooking an elaborate menu for it is just bizarre. Simple cold cuts plus salad and whatever and then the leftover Christmas pudding and another dessert choice in case people don't want more pudding.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 7812/20/2011

I thought it was something like the Super Bowl, but instead people would gather to watch a boxing match.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 7912/20/2011

WTF is "orzo"?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 8012/20/2011

I call BS on OP / r53. No respectable soup kitchen would accept the half eaten watercress soup or scallop mousse (sounds gross by the way)from some unknown twit schlepping it in after fingering it all day.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 8112/20/2011

So how was it OP? Did you prepare your menu as planned or did you vary it according to the "collective wisdom" of DL posters? Was it a resounding success? I am assumming you are an Aussie so this is the day after here.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 8212/26/2011

It was a "knock-out" in the first round.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 8312/26/2011

Orzo is rice shaped pasta

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 8412/26/2011

It could be a "Low T" meeting.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 8512/26/2011

Not enough food.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 8612/26/2011

A strange, non-complementary assortment of ultra rich foods.

I'm sure most people are still trying to digest the last few days of excessive dinners.

Make sure you have candles and air freshener in your toilet area, and I might suggest covering your furniture with some sort of plastic.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 8712/26/2011

The lamb was loaded with e-coli and Aunt Marg is apparently allergic to shellfish.

2 dead. 7 in hospital.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 8812/26/2011

Was Helena invited? Did she behave?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 8912/26/2011

25% success rate then "small" op, R88 assuming the remaining 3 guests are all healthy and asked for third helping. You can work on that for next year's menu. Congratulations for trying.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 9012/26/2011

[quote]I wouldn't feed that shit to my dog.

He fed this to his dog on the day after Boxing Day. He no longer has a dog.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 9112/29/2012

All you're saying OP is that you grew up trash and are now trying to overcompensate for your feelings of inferiority. All of those carbs paired with stew? I pity people like yourself who live in a fantasy and are always scheming for the approval of others. You're a silly person.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 9212/29/2012

Where can I get a hamburger?

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 9312/29/2012

Ick.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 9412/29/2012

Have take-out pizza on standby. Vomitrocious array of crap.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 9512/29/2012

Ha ha [R86]: Not enough food! Yes, it is a rather paltry offering. GG, you're getting cheap and stingy. Come on.

by The Gallant Gourmetreply 9612/29/2012
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