My trial run of Christmas Eve dinner for some lonely senior citizens who have no family and live alone. The Christmas meal would be a change from their usual meals of porridge and pickles. I hope they like what I am preparing for them.

As all of them are above 60 years old, I am going to change the roast turkey to a baked chicken as chicken meat is more tender for them.

The tangy-sweet baked chicken is marinated for only an hour with my homemade Asian sauce :

2 tbsp Korean BBQ sauce,
3 tbsp plum sauce,
2 tbsp orange juice,
2 tbsp palm sugar,
1 tbsp soy sauce,
pepper and salt

one 1.3 - 1.5 kg chicken

Unfortunately, during the trial run my oven broke down so I actually baked it in my hard-anodized pan. It turned out quite well, the chicken was succulent and tasty.

Hmmm.... should I get a new oven?

I added some sausages and slices of ham to cook with the chicken in the amazing pan. My kids made ham sandwiches with the soft pandesals I bought from Baking Brera.

I will be having Baking Brera's soft pandesals for bread rolls. Hope the seniors would like them instead of steamed rice. Well, in case they want to eat steamed white rice, I will cook a pot of rice to stand by.    

I have to change the vegetable salad to stir-fry mixed vegetables and the potato salad to whipped potato as the seniors do not like cold dishes. Add a pot of hot soup (my in-laws' favourite pork rib with potato and carrot soup) and grilled fish.

My meal may not be the typical Christmas Eve dinner but it will be a good experience for the seniors who have never celebrated Christmas and eaten a Christmas dinner.

Going to do another trial run before the actual day. Must make it an unforgettable experience for the elders. *smiles*

圣诞除夕夜我们邀请一些独居乐龄人士到家里共享圣诞晚餐。他们平时都是喝稀饭配腌制小菜, 从没庆祝过圣诞, 也没吃过圣诞大餐, 我要给他们做一顿难忘的晚饭。这天就先来个试吃会。

因为请的都是6旬老人, 所以必须用烤鸡代替烤火鸡。火鸡肉干柴, 真不好吃,无论怎么烤都不好吃。

鸡先用自己调制的腌料腌制一个钟头让鸡肉入味, 增加浓香味。不巧烘炉坏了, 把腌好的鸡用硬质氧化铝锅烤一烤 ~ 鸡肉不干柴,带有甜甜的香气!长辈们应该会喜欢。

另外准备超软的菲律宾面包, 香肠与火腿。圆圆的面包夹蕃茄、蔬菜、香肠、火腿或鸡肉都好吃。长辈们没有吃冷食的习惯, 我会换热炒的菜肴。

平安夜, 做几道风味各异的东西方料理, 吃没有火鸡的圣诞大餐。嘻嘻嘻 。。。