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Avoiding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners

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The dreaded Christmas dinners. Ugh....

My uncle is coming up for Christmas. He loves to go out to the fantastic (read, expensive) restaurants that do a whole production, food, service, wine, etc. when he visits. We've decided to go out to eat for Christmas Eve, then make the Christmas Day meal at home.

Now, for Christmas Eve, we're going to the new Michael Mina restaurant. Which means, the most extravagant meals you can imagine. Each plate, or course (should you choose to have more than one dish, which is what we typically do) is done to death. For example, should I choose the scallops, I would get a large plate with 6 different sections (kind of like a Japanese bento box) with the scallops done three different ways and three different side dishes to partner with it's respective scallop. So, (I'm making this up) I might receive a scallop paired with foie gras; a scallop paired with lobster; and a scallop paired with the au current battered, and deep fried scotch egg. There will only be four of us at the table so everyone knows what everyone else is eating. My family will typically do the tasting menu which is only fun if the whole table does it because then we can all 'oooh and ahhh' over the food. My uncle carefully selects wine to pair with each course. At the end of the meal there's usually a desert and/or a cheese plate. It's never really hard to decline the desert because people will just do that, although I'm typically the one who has both the first and the last bite of whatever we've ordered.

Next: Christmas Day dinner. My mom and I decided it would be fun to do a goose for Christmas. This was when I was on P3 and didn't realize a P2 was in my future. My mom and I talked again this morning and I cheerfully conceded again to the goose and have now been tasked with making the goose and a delicious red-onion confit. She'll be making a spanikopita which is a Greek dish with layers of paper thin dough alternated with butter, filled with spinach and feta cheese which makes it 'healthy'. Gotta say, it's one of my favorites.

Luckily now that I'm on the hhCG, cooking is not as hellacious as it could be (I was doing the injections last week in 'take 1' which was a disaster). It'll actually be pretty fun because my mom and I will get some QT together, and my uncle will actually, most likely, take over the task of cooking the goose and I will get to apprentice and learn the secrets. I'm quite looking forward to Christmas Day.

What, in hell am I going to do about the eating part???

Again, Dr. Simeons advocates pushing your food around your plate when having to go out to eat. How on earth do you do that when you're in a small group, at an expensive restaurant, trying to play along with the rest of the table? And how do you make a fantastic Christmas Day meal, again with a small group (this time my boyfriend will be there) without people noticing that you're not eating the spanikopita, goose (very fatty), onion confit (cooked in butter) and pre-dressed salad?

Hmmm... what's the strategy going to be? Once when we were out at one of the extravagant dinners with my uncle, my boyfriend inconspicuously 'ate' the lamb we were served by putting it in his mouth, then spitting it into his napkin. He hates lamb, but he ate the rest of the 9 (!) courses we were served. I need to bring a piglet to dinner and feed it under the table.

What I was actually thinking might work, is to say I got food poisoning the Wednesday night before Christmas. People are so easily grossed out, that if I gave gory details about where and what 'came out', maybe it'll be believable and no one will ask anymore questions. I was even thinking about blaming it on my boyfriend's cooking. I could pick up some fish, have my boyfriend cook it up (or eat it raw!) and then say the fish got me sick. This could even solve three problems in one: I could eat almost nothing at the restaurant Christmas Eve, eat very little Christmas Day, and refuse to eat my boyfriend's cooking for the rest of the week!

Great strategy, right?

Although it could look like I have an eating disorder, eating P3 in another month or so will be so worth it, and it maybe my family will forgive me for the food poisoning.

It's all worth a shot, I have nothing to lose!

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  1. Dubbles's Avatar
    Laughing out loud--quite a scenario you've cooked up! Nothing I can add, but have fun, whatever u decide!
  2. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    You must have some experience with dining out cover-ups! I know you do!
  3. Beth_M's Avatar
    As far as the restaurant goes... other than the food poisoning idea. Could you *maybe* get BF to share a plate with you? Say you've had to deal with way too many holiday meals already and you're wanting to eat light so you can enjoy XMas day's meal.
  4. tarte-tatin's Avatar
    Aha... thanks for the rational, thoughtful strategy! That actually feels quite a bit better to me. I'm not thrilled about making others uncomfortable. It's so interesting, I feel like eating big plates of food pleases other people, makes them feel more at ease. Strange...
  5. Beth_M's Avatar
    haha.. makes them feel better about the big plate they are eating

    Please yourself, not them.
  6. Dubbles's Avatar
    So true. And Beth's last comment--Please yourself, not them--is very wise advice for all of us. Thank u Beth.