Would it surprise you if I told you that in all my years of existence, I have never cooked a Christmas dinner; I’m not in any hurry to change this either! The tradition is that I either go to my parents for the big day or the family and I treat ourselves to Christmas dinner at a restaurant; the latter is what we did this year. We booked ourselves a table at Birmingham’s Hotel Du Vin restaurant: a beautiful, ornate, early Victorian, red brick building in the city centre, which has kept all of its original features.
Having watched my mum and aunties slave over a hot stove on previous Christmas mornings and then have to play host to a bunch of overly merry family members and then load the dishwasher, then unload, and then reload it again, I really don’t understand why we don’t opt to go to a restaurant every year. Well, I guess there is the price; they certainly add a substantial supplement to the price during the festive period, but it’s only once a year as a family treat so we can almost justify that. The other disadvantage is that once you are stuffed as a turkey, you have then got to get up, walk to the car and drive home, instead of falling asleep in front of the Queen’s speech on TV.
I sneaked a few camera snaps at the dinner table - how disrespectful, I know – of some of the delicious food. I’m such a foodie and everyone kept reminding me that I’m a nutritionist, but on Christmas day, I'm a firm believer that CALORIES DON’T COUNT! However, by the 27th December I'd usually recommend you should be resuming your normal healthy eating regime.
I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you good health, lots of happiness and prosperity for the new year - see you on the other side.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!