A MUM has revealed she has eaten a Christmas roast every day for 20 years, apart from last Christmas Day when she tucked into a Mexican feast.
Jayne Winteringham, 66, whips up a roast every day, complete with Brussels sprouts, carrots and roast potatoes.
Jayne Winteringham has had a Christmas roast dinner every day for the past 20 years[/caption]
Jayne whips up a roast every day, complete with Brussels sprouts, carrots and roast potatoes[/caption]
She only occasionally eats her favourite meal in a pub or restaurant – and claims having a consistent calorie intake helps her to maintain her enviable size 10 figure.
Last December 25th, the retired nursery worker was forced to deviate from her usual menu when her daughter cooked their festive meal.
She said: “She lived in Mexico for a while, so when I went round to her house for Christmas Day last year, she made everyone Mexican food.
“If I had been cooking, I would have made Christmas dinner. But last year was tricky with the pandemic and lockdowns.
“I didn’t have a choice because I was a guest and it made a nice change.
“One day without Christmas dinner was enough for me, though, so I went to the local pub for a full roast dinner on Boxing Day.”
Mum-of-three Jayne reckons every year, she eats 1,460 roast potatoes, 1,095 carrots and 5,475 Brussels sprouts – and she never gets sick of it.
Jayne has loved Christmas dinner since she was a little girl – putting her obsession down to childhood nostalgia and memories of her mum serving-up the traditional fare.
She said: “It’s very much an everyday part of my life. It’s such a wholesome, nutritious and tasty meal.
“I have fond memories of enjoying roast dinners as a child and I think it’s a very traditional and British staple.
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“The food available in this country has become a lot more cosmopolitan than it was when I was growing. We have things like pasta, rice, curries, French food, Italian food – while years ago, people’s diets weren’t as broad.
“A Sunday roast was an absolute staple. You’d go to the butcher to get your meat and that would last you through the week.
“After the roast, you’d boil the chicken bones and make things like soup and bubble and squeak. So, for me, it reminds me of my childhood.”
Growing up, Jayne looked forward to her weekly Sunday roast dinner, but as she grew older, she found herself preparing the dish much more often.
She said: “For the past two decades I’ve eaten it every day – bar December 25 2020. It’s just something I never get sick of.
“It started once my kids left home, I was only cooking for myself, not for them anymore. Christmas dinner is my favourite meal, so I cook it every day. There’s no one to stop me!
“I think it’s why I’ve maintained my size 10 figure over the years, because I consistently consume the same number of calories every day.”
For the past two decades I’ve eaten it [Christmas roast dinner] every day – bar December 25 2020. It’s just something I never get sick of.
And while many Brits say Christmas dinner is the most stressful meal to prepare each year, Jayne says it is a piece of ‘Christmas’ cake.
She said: “I have fond childhood memories of my mother appearing from the kitchen, Christmas cracker hat tilted on her head and a tea towel draped across one shoulder, sweating away.
“The complexity of the dinner with all its components can make it stressful, but you just have to be organised and to prepare things in advance.
“Time things so they can cook without you having to supervise them too much. Then pop everything in big bowls and put them on the table when they’re ready, so people can help themselves.”
After years of sampling countless different types of Christmas dinner, Jayne now considers herself a roast connoisseur.
She said: “I love all kinds of roasts, especially when you go to a carvery and they give you a giant Yorkshire pudding the size of the plate and then you can pile the rest of your roast on top of it.
“When I make mine at home it’s very simple. I’ve got it down to a fine art.
“I buy everything fresh each day from my local shop and use the meat juices for my gravy. There’s no such thing as a bad roast.
“Even if I’m getting a takeaway, my favourite thing to do is to order a roast from my local restaurant.”
There’s nothing I’d rather eat!
Still, it remains a relaxing change for Jayne to hang up her carving knife on Christmas Day and allow her daughter to be the chef.
She said: “Christmas Day is my time to relax and my daughter takes over the cooking for the day.
“It’s the one day of the year when I never have to cook for myself.
“She’ll always go overboard with it because she loves cooking and serves up a fantastic meal. It varies slightly every year, but as long as there’s gravy, which is my absolute favourite part of Christmas dinner, then I’m very happy.
“Good gravy is very important. It can’t be watery and must be tasty. It’s always best when made from the fat of the meat.”
While Jayne says her Mexican meal last Christmas was delicious, she was keen to return to her normal repast the following day.
She said: “The Mexican meal was delicious.
“It made a nice change, but one day without Christmas dinner was enough for me.
“We went for a walk along the river before going for a Christmas roast at a pub on Boxing Day, which was wonderful. I’d missed it!”
This year, Jayne hopes to return to tradition and enjoy a big roast dinner with her family on Christmas Day.
She said: “Last year was limited with what we could do due to the pandemic, but I’m hoping I can spend this year with my whole family.
“Of course, the roast dinner will be a big part of the day, not just because it’s Christmas, but because it’s part of my everyday life.
“There’s nothing I’d rather eat!”
Last December 25th, the retired nursery worker was forced to deviate from her usual menu when her daughter cooked their festive meal[/caption]
Mum-of-three Jayne reckons every year, she eats 1,460 roast potatoes, 1,095 carrots and 5,475 Brussels sprouts – and she never gets sick of it[/caption]
After years of sampling countless different types of Christmas dinner, Jayne now considers herself a roast connoisseur[/caption]
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