Boxing Day (Left-Over Christmas Dinner)


Yesterday was “our Christmas” so today is “our Boxing Day”.  (Today is the last day to mention “our” this day or that day!)  It’s a custom in England to eat left-over turkey after Christmas for a few days and my husband loves it.  I guess if you really like turkey you would do, but I find it gets too strong for me so I just have sausages and stuffing.  My husband tells me they used to have chips (it’s called fried potatoes in many other counties) and we do sometimes have them but I forgot to get some.  It’s too much trouble to make chips properly so we buy frozen oven chips when we remember but we so seldom have chips that we often forget to buy them for this occasion – forgot this year again.







In Japan we had my family to join us for Christmas lunch, with 7 or 8 at the table, so there wasn’t too much left-over.  My husband would eat what was left and I would make turkey soup stock from the bones to make minestrone.  However, in Hong Kong and here we have too much left-over so we keep what my husband would eat in the following 2 days or so and freeze a little for his sandwiches to take to the office for a few days but give the rest to the church.


In England many people would cook large turkeys and have left-over for a few days and I see many recipes for left-over turkeys.  My husband’s younger brother in Windsor makes Delia Smith’s Turkey Pie.  He made it with chicken breast when we stayed with them after Marrakesh and it was really delicious so I’m planning to make one – with chicken breast.



Only 2 more days before the year ends.  This time of year, people in Japan are extremely busy because they clean the whole house very throughly and get rid of any dust of this year (to welcome the new year fresh) and make special food for New Year.  I love Christmas in England but do love end of year to New Year in Japan, it’s a very special time there.  Everyone is cleaning their house thoroughly, making New Year food that takes forever (not that I ever did either once I got married).  The air is clean, crisp and cold.  The markets are busy with people trying to get everything done before the year ends.  New Year days are family time, everyone gets together with their families and spends a few days together but in a quiet way – usually not partying but just being with their families and thinking of the New Year ahead.  I miss all that.




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