Christmas Day Running Sheet
7:30am Get meat out to come to room temp
8:00am Pre-heat oven & prepare pork roast
8:30am Put pork in the oven - check every 20mins for crackling
Put water on to boil for pudding
Clean up after breakfast
9:00am Start BBQ for turkey
Put the pudding in to boil - check every 30mins for water level
Make the glaze for the turkey
Baste turkey ready for cooking
Put rice on to cook for stuffing
9:30am Put turkey on to cook - check every 20mins for consistent temp & basting
Make the stuffing
Clean the punch bowl
10:00am Peel & cut up potatoes, pumpkin, orange sweet potato, white sweet potato, purple sweet potato & eschallots.
11:00am Start to put out nibbles
11:15am Put the potatoes in the oven
Keep putting out nibbles
11:45am Put the pumpkin, sweet potatoes, eschallots & stuffing in the oven/BBQ.
Set the table
Mid-cooking clean up
12:00pm Check meats, get them out of the oven/BBQ and cover with foil to rest
Finish setting the table.
Make the punch
12:30pm Turn all the veg
Put the water on for peas
Start carving the ham
12:45pm Start carving hot meats
Put the peas on
Make the gravy
Put the wine on the table
1:00pm Set out everything for people to serve themselves
Serve smaller kids
1:30pm Get the pudding out of the pot & unwrap it
Clear plates & set off dishwasher
1:45pm Unwrap presents with guests
Sit & chat for a bit
3:30pm Organise & serve pudding
Sit & chat for a bit
5:00pm Guests leave, start cleaning up.
9:45pm Put the last of the essential things in the fridge.
Give up & head to bed
I didn't do all of this - there were a few things I wasn't even really involved in, and lots of people did lots of stuff. Crash did most of the BBQ work, and other people did stuff as they arrived. My sister and I work well together in the kitchen to pull the last of it together to serve, and she made the punch.
Tomorrow I'll find out what the kids got for Christmas, and help with all the things they wanted help with.
Next year I'm unwrapping the presents and then going back to bed. The family can eat the left overs from the Carols.