By Sue Trollip
Christmas turkey is Christmas turkey, whether it’s being consumed while watching the snow blanketing the world outside, or besides the braai (BBQ) on a hot sunny afternoon. But, the rest of the Christmas food differs vastly over here, in the ‘other’ hemisphere.
Tamales, for one. A delicious treat, which I have learned to eat with lashings of plain yogurt, despite attempts to tell me ‘that’s not really how you’re supposed to eat them’ along side green beans and brussel sprouts followed by chocolate pie for dessert. While tasty (except for those vegetables), it just feels odd.
It’s a slog to find mince pies, Christmas cake is a non-entity and Christmas pudding (you mean chocolate pie?) is pretty much impossible to locate unless you happen upon the ‘foreigners’ shop.
There, finally, the shelves are full of Walkers shortbread and an abundance of real Christmas goodies, like Quality Street chocolates (absolutely un-affordable) and Panattone and mince pies (did I mention them?).
But I am fairly organised this year. I managed to find, at what we’ve nicknamed Bob’s Booze Shop, a bottle of Amarula, so we can indulge in a homemade Dom Pedro. And after the turkey (yes, I’m going to skip those beans and brussels) I’m having milk tart for pudding.
I’m also, going to try my hand at home made mince pies. I’m not sure if they’ll look pretty, but I bet they’ll taste ‘lekker’.
Where ever you are, whatever you’re eating, I hope you’re surrounded with love. Here’s wishing you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.