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Not just about Turkey

Traditional festive food on Christmas Day seems to be one of the most important things.

I’m often asked what we eat.

The challenge is that I’m not really bothered about festive foods. I’m not sure why they have become so important.

I like sprouts.

So many people don’t like sprouts but they have to have them on the day for traditions sake anyway.

I’ve heard many people say they don’t like turkey.

So many people don’t like turkey but they have to have it on the day for traditions sake anyway.

I’m not keen on Christmas pudding.

So many people don’t like Christmas pudding but they have to have it on the day for traditions sake anyway.

I don’t particularly like Christmas cake.

So many people don’t like Christmas cake but they have to have it on the day for traditions sake anyway.

Do you see a pattern?

One Christmas Day we had an amazing Sri Lankan curry feast. All the turkey eaters started off well but gradually, on our boat in the Indian Ocean, they sneaked over for a bite of our food.

There was plenty to share as it was. We had wonderful potato balls, beetroot curry, lentil croquettes and half a dozen other delicious things.

I even asked for the recipes at the end of our trip.

Here’s some links too.

Beetroot curry

Potato and Beetroot curry
1/4 cup coconut milk powder
200g peeled boiled potato
100g chopped fresh beetroot
1/2 litre coconut milk
2 large onions
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp saffron powder
1 tsp cumin powder
4 ramba leaves 4 curry leaves
Garlic clove

1. Fry the garlic, onion and leaves in the oil for three mins high heat.
2. Reduce heat add spices for one min
3. Add coconut milk
4. Add beetroot and cook on low heat for 15 mins
5. Add potato
6. Add 1 cup =3/4 water 1/4 milk powder
7. Cook five mins
8. Add salt if needed

I had to search for some of the other elements but found this link.

Lentil Croquette recipe

And then I found this great Sri Lankan wordpress blog with lots of temptation on it.


(Found this photo on milehimama)

My purple sprout plants.


9 comments on “Not just about Turkey

  1. Rambling Woods
    December 26, 2014

    Yes there are many food traditions….which I don’t follow… We had pasta.. Lol

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  2. kayrpea61
    December 26, 2014

    The traditional turkey and pudding make little sense in the summer climate down under. More and more of us are turning to our abundant seafood (prawns, mussels, crab, lobster, fish) and salads. The most important thing for us is family 🙂

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  3. johnberk
    December 26, 2014

    Yeah, I understand what you mean. It is always a very similar pattern. People eat the same stuff over and over again, in the name of traditions, and I do not have to point out that they just perpetuate the cruelty and deem it necessary. This year, we had a wonderful vegan version of Panqueque Aleman, and everyone was surprised how great it looked. Your recipes from Sri Lanka remind me of Yak and Yeti bistro, which we have in our city. I love to go there, and curry is definitely something I could eat every day.

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  4. John Coleman
    December 26, 2014

    Potato and beetroot curry . . . I’ll give it a try. Thanks and Happy New Year, John

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  5. Sagan
    December 26, 2014

    It’s funny how many people who seem to dislike turkey, yet continue eating it anyways… I LOVE turkey and always get excited to eat it when the holidays come around 🙂

    Also, that curry sounds super tasty!

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