Here at Appetite, we pride ourselves on being on point with the big questions of the day, and I think you will agree that the question above is the one which keeps on giving, year after year.
The correct answer, unless you are French of course, is Christmas pudding. But why? Why do we insist on serving something every year which most people do not like? Something they would happily swap for hot pokers to stick in their eyes any other day of the year?
I am in a minority of one in my family, in that I adore Christmas pudding. Mind, I don’t like brandy butter, so even I don’t score 10/10 for following tradition in my Christmas Day dessert choice, preferring to smother my pud with cold whipped cream straight from the fridge.
The rest of them like their chocolate log, which, thinking about it, we also only eat at Christmas, even though it is simply de-festified by the removal of the holly – the only thing which actually makes it Christmassy at all. Whichever camp you’re in, we have looked after you on page 34 with a recipe for both (I know, what would you do without us?). In addition, we’ve tortured 12 chefs into letting us into their Christmas culinary secrets, so there’s no excuse for an under-cooked turkey or soggy roasties, and we have filled this edition with tips for all manner of once-a-year delicacies such as red cabbage and cranberries.
Obviously, after working on this edition I am, as always, utterly fed up of Christmas. I have zero interest in cooking turkey, mince pies or anything else vaguely festive, though that will obviously change the moment someone puts on Michael Buble’s Christmas CD and hands me a glass of prosecco.
In the meantime, I’m doing what I do every year – ignoring all the signs of the festive season’s imminent approach. When I do wake up to fizz and Michael Buble, I will panic and think I’ve left it all too late. But it never is; the panic is just part of the fun. Happy Christmas!