Beat the rising prices at Christmas

vickylass By vickylass, 27th Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Good food whether it's a tradition or not. Good wine to wash it down and friendly people around is all what we want for a memorable Christmas meal.

Beat the rising prices at Christmas

This is typical. If prices for food go up day after day, around the festive season, they double or they can even treble, going sky high.
It doesn't make sense, but it happens every year at this time. In some countries, it's the bird, while in others it's a leg of lamb to roast in the oven and the cherished shellfish, but there's only one thing in common in all these countries of the Western Hemisphere. prices for this traditional food double.
If one wants turkey, but can't pay what they're asking for a fresh one, one will always find consolation on a frozen and hormone fed one. It's the same with the lamb. I once bought a frozen leg, no matter what a butcher claimed, wasn't the same. Its meat isn't as tender as the fresh one.
Spanish tradition is for roast lamb legs in some regions and the bird in others, but on most tables, there will be a big tray of all sorts of shellfish and when we say shellfish, we really mean shellfish. Not few king prawns. Those who want to serve a big tray of these cherished delicacies from the sea, would do well to expect spending few bucks on it.
Then, the prices will go down ... slightly the minute the festive season is over.
Does anyone want to keep the tradition even if it means to go bankrupt or almost? As I am concerned I don't care much for traditions so long as I have good food on the table.
Search online and you'll probably find loads of mouth watering recipes that can even be cheap if compared with the price of these fresh birds, lamb legs or shellfish. It may be a chance to surprise relatives or friends with something delicious and unusual and to hell with traditions if one has to live on tinned soup for the whole month of January.
if the king bird goes sky high, we can always have the humble chicken, provided is one that has been raised in a farm and fed with corn. With it, we can make savoury and delicious rice dishes, adding fresh vegetables and few wild mushrooms that will give it a subtle flavour.
For entrants, it's our chance to develop our imagination.
It's what I say. If for the want of keeping traditions, I have to break the bank, I can go without them, because there're other delicacies that perhaps nobody thinks of at this time of year to choose from.
So long as there's good food on the table, a good wine to wash it down and good and friendly conversation, it'll be fine.
Don't be trapped by greedy shopkeepers that want to make business out of traditions.

(C} Copyright. Vicky Pino. November 27th 2014.


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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
27th Nov 2014 (#)

January the stores have a lot of deals and bargains!

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author avatar Retired
27th Nov 2014 (#)

Well, people always go over the top at Christmas time. I never spend more than I do throughout the year on food.

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