Boxing Day Dinner and beyond

This year, after Christmas Dinners, we will also be serving Boxing Day Dinners. You’ll sometimes hear people say they enjoy dishes created with the leftovers almost as much as the Christmas dinner itself. I agree, but remember, a Boxing Day Dinner is only ever going to be as good as that meal you ate the day before.

When it comes to Christmas Dinners, Cucina doesn’t really hold back. All this week, we’ve all been laying tables and helping to prepare, cook and plate up some of the finest roast turkey and trimmings you’ll see anywhere this Christmas. All around our schools, students have been tucking into succulent turkey, ham, crispy roast potatoes, pigs-in-blankets and all the vegetables that make a Christmas Dinner what it should be. And some have even taken up our challenge to try the brussels ‘if they dare’!

But although we’re a caterer, this meal is not just about the food. It is about staging a multi-sensory celebration for the school, with Christmas aromas, music, festive tablecloths, crackers, and staff in Christmas-themed clothing. Still let’s not forget the food either.

It’s interesting how we assume that students will be familiar with the traditional Christmas dinner format. In fact, it’s actually quite a new experience for some of them. You’d be surprised at how many have never tried Christmas Pudding, for example. Our puddings, made with a recipe created by our Executive Chef team, have been a revelation to some.

So now that you have an idea of what Christmas Dinner at Cucina is like, you’ll also be able to imagine Boxing Day Dinners, served the day after Christmas Dinner. Customers are able to choose any of these items created by their Head Chef:

  • Turkey & Ham Puff Pastry Slice with Béchamel Sauce
  • Bubble & Squeak Soup with Sprouts and Roast Potatoes
  • Bubble & Squeak with a Fried Egg in a Takeaway Tray
  • Cajun Turkey Spring Rolls with Rice
  • Turkey and Cranberry Burritos
  • Sausage, Bacon and Ketchup Pizza
  • Sage and Onion Sausage Rolls
  • Turkey and Onion Fricassee
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Christmas Pudding Muffins
  • Cranberry and Orange Flapjacks

Boxing Day Dinners are also a handy reminder about using good food that may otherwise have gone to waste. Sustainability is such an important issue these days. Still, as a country, we can celebrate the fact that we have actually made great progress in recent years.

According to WRAP (A UK non-profit organisation working for greater sustainability) avoidable household food waste was cut by 21% in the period 2007 -2012, resulting in a saving of almost £13 billion for consumers. More information about this can be found on the WRAP website:

http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/household-food-and-drink-waste-uk-2012

Meanwhile, on with the festivities! From Steve and I and all the team at Cucina, have a wonderful Christmas and prosperous year ahead.

Sam 

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