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Tips for a world cuisine inspired Christmas

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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.
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  • natalie harrison
    December 6, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    What says Oh-Oh-Oh? Santa walking backwards 🙂

  • Christine Hall
    December 7, 2017 at 9:48 am

    What do Elvies learn at school

    The Elfabet

  • Matthew Warman
    December 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

    What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?

  • Oriana Donlevy
    December 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    What do snowmen eat for breakfast?


  • Amy J
    December 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    What do you get if cross Santa with a duck?
    A Christmas quacker!

  • caroline tokes
    December 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    What’s worse than Rudolph with a runny nose?
    Frosty the snowman with a hot flush!

  • Kate Rushton
    December 9, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    The worst cracker joke:

    What did the big chimney say to the little chimney?

    You’re too young to be smoking!

  • katie smith
    December 9, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Why does Santa have three gardens?
    So he can ‘ho ho ho’!

  • carly tagg
    December 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Whats furry and minty?

    A polo bear

  • Margaret Gallagher
    December 9, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Did you hear the one WHERE Santa got stuck in the chimney ?

  • Francesca Jones
    December 9, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    What does a penguin wear on his head?
    An ‘ice cap!

  • Nikki taylor
    December 9, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Why did Rudolf cross the road? Because he was tied to the chicken

  • Susannah Clayton
    December 9, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    What illness did the elves suffer? Tinsle-itise!

  • Elaine Packer
    December 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Why was the snowman lonely? Because he had snowbody to talk to.

  • Rebecca atkins
    December 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    What’s the difference between a snowman & a snow woman?

  • Hayley muncey
    December 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit?
    No Brussels. 🙂

  • Ailsa
    December 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Knock knock
    Who’s there
    Arthur who?
    Arthur and mince pies left?

  • Danielle Gregory
    December 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    What’s Santa’s favourite food? Pizza that’s deep pan, crisp and even

  • Ms Deborah Walker
    December 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    What did Adam say the day before Christmas?

    “It’s Christmas Eve”

  • Kate Davies
    December 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    What is Santa’s favourite pizza?

    One that’s deep-pan, crisp and even

  • louise Clarke
    December 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Who is not looking forward to Christmas?….. The turkey

  • Holly Brazier
    December 9, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    What photos do they take at the North Pole?


  • Gemma Holland
    December 9, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    What do they sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
    Freeze a jolly good fellow

  • Caroline King
    December 9, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Where do elves go to dance?
    Christmas balls!

  • Anne Alexis O
    December 9, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    What do you call elves scared of their boss? CLAUS-trophobic!

  • Kim Neville
    December 9, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    What did Santa do when he went speed dating?

    He pulled a cracker

  • Susan Ocock
    December 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    How do snowmen go to work….on their icicles

  • sam macaree
    December 9, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    what happened when santa went speed dating? he pulled a cracker

  • Lisa Butterworth
    December 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    What is Santa’s wife called? Mary Christmas!

  • Juliet McArdle
    December 9, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit?

    No Brussels.

  • Michelle C
    December 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    What do snowmen have for breakfast? …Snowflakes

  • Jo Williams
    December 9, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    A mother was Christmas shopping at the mall with her three toddlers in tow. All day long they had been pestering her to buy everything in the store.

    They’d been running around like maniacs, touching everything, even knocking over displays. Then they wanted to go see Santa again.

    Finally she was at her wits end. She crammed herself, all her shopping bags, and the toddlers into a crowded elevator.

    As the doors closed she said out loud, “Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be strung up.”

    From somewhere behind her she heard, “I do believe they already crucified him.”

  • Laura Blackburn
    December 9, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    What did one snowman say to another? Can you smell carrots?

  • Louisa
    December 9, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    What do you get if you cross a sheep and a rabbit?
    A woolly jumper

  • Ellie S
    December 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    How does Santa take photos? With his North Pole-aroid

  • Lyndsey cooksey
    December 10, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Why does santa follow rules correctly?
    Because they are all Elf-explanatory!

  • hayley alexander
    December 10, 2017 at 1:24 am

    What do you get if you cross santa with a duck? A christmas quacker

  • Lilla Bettiol
    December 10, 2017 at 10:18 am

    What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
    A frostbite.

  • Elizabeth Cooke
    December 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I can’t get to the chocolates in my advent calendar. Foiled again.

  • amy bondoc
    December 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees?


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