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Being Vegetarian, my Christmas dinner is less than traditional, my plate has a nut roast instead of roast turkey and my stuffing is strictly sage and onion. However, as I am the only veggie in my family, I often get caught up in helping with the preparations of the food for everyone, and we bond over a love of honey dressed roast parsnips and perfectly raised Yorkshire puddings.
While a traditional Christmas roast is a very British dish, this year I am want to try to mix it up a little bit add in a few cultural elements inspired by some of my travels.
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For a Russian Influence, try a Mushroom Soup with Zaprashka for starters, this soup is thickened with Soviet roux: oil, flour, and the liquid rendered from sautéing onions.
For the meat eaters, add in an Eastern European twist to the main course, with Sarmale, cabbage leaves stuffed with pork, beef and rice, then cooked in a tomato sauce.
Alongside your traditional roast potatoes, why not add in a Swedish twist with Jansson’s Temptation – a casserole of potatoes, onions, cream, and breadcrumbs.
In Portugal, Christmas dessert comes in the form of sweet pastries known as Finhoses and Formigos, Finhoses are strands or balls of light, spiced dough, dusted with icing sugar, while Formigos is a sweet, sticky blend of nuts, honey and raisins.
Or for a South African twist, try Afrikaan malva pudding, also known as Lekker pudding: a moist, dense apricot sponge cake served warm and covered in dreamy crème Anglaise.
Finally, on boxing day go traditional with a Singaporean twist – Devil’s Curry is a Eurasian dish which incorporates Christmas leftovers: chicken, cocktail sausages, cabbage, and cucumbers are stewed in a spicy rempah gravy.
For those not as adventurous or perhaps confident in the kitchen, why not try a simple twist, such as Asian inspired roast potatoes, which give you the warming flavours chilli flakes and soy sauce on a cold Christmas afternoon.
If like me, you find the preparation of Christmas dinner somewhat stressful and time-consuming, the Team at Hello Fresh have created The Ultimate Christmas Dinner Guide, which gives you everything you need to know about preparing for your Christmas feast. Including those all-important timings – down to the minute, and some fail-safe recipes and for the run-up to Christmas, when wrapping presents is more important than cooking dinner, they have also given me a Hello Fresh box to give away to help take one extra thing off of your mind!
To be in with a chance of winning the Hello Fresh box (worth £60), all you need to do is download The Ultimate Christmas Dinner Guide and post your best/worst Christmas cracker joke in the comments below.
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