So we're just a few weeks away from Christmas, and because I spent most of my life as a fat kid who loved nothing more than a big family dinner I can't help but think about the future.
That future being Christmas food.
My family tends to go for the Christmas ham, with some chicken on the side. In the last few years, however, we've gone off the leg ham a bit. Don't get me wrong, leg ham is exceptionally versatile: you can pan fry it for breakfast in the morning, slap it on some bread with gravy for lunch and layer it under anything for dinner.
But that only works if the ham isn't crap to begin with, and the ones we've gotten of late have been pretty ordinary.
I like the idea of messing around with chicken a bit more. Given that it's easier to acquire, and cheaper around Christmas, you can play with it a bit more: wrap it in prosciutto, stuff it with whatever, reuse it on English muffins for leftover mini pizzas, and so on.
I've known some families that have gone the extra mile and gotten a turkey, although that's not something my family tends to do. (They don't observe Thanksgiving either, like most Australians.)
What do you and your family prefer for Christmas: ham, chicken or turkey, and what are you doing this year?