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Yummylicious Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

With a vast variety of delicacies to choose from, our tastebuds go crazy during the Christmas season, says Monarose Sheila Pereira

Events
Ring in the Christmas Cheer
@ Bombay Baking Co., Vile Parle (W)
(Upto Saturday, Dec 25)

Venue: JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai, Mumbai

Phone:  66933399
Choose from a wide range of treats - exclusively decorated ginger bread houses, Christmas doughnuts, innovative varieties of festive cookies, classic Christmas cakes and turtle brownies all with delicate lace decorations in keeping with the season’s theme. You can pre order traditional roasted Christmas turkey, cherry garden roasted Christmas turkey.

Christmas Celebration at Ruby Tuesday

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Unlimited IMFL drinks & Food.
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Christmas food is extremely popular and there is a wide variety of mouth-watering delicacies to choose from. And this season is a great time to raise a toast to these culinary delights. The choice ranges from the famous fugias, sorpotel, vindaloo, simple dosas, vadas and idlis with a slight variation like adding toddy and egg, turkey or chicken – stuffed or roast, and a stuffed pigling. Sweets like marzipan, milk cream, cordial, dal, sweet bhat, coconut cake varieties, kulkuls, bibinca,Goan sweets dos and dodol are simply irresistible. Most importantly, there is the good spirit to wash it down.  Besides Christians, these delicacies are savoured by other communities too. So what is your favourite dish? Here is what the professionals pick.

Actor Chetan Hansraj and his wife Lavinia, love to have the traditional roasted turkey with a heavy film of apple sauce. They also love the pulao, chicken curry, garden salad, Russian salad, vindalo and a whole lot of traditional sweets.

Can you guess, what is the good word for our gracious grooming consultant Sabira Merchant? Well, it is the stuffed homemade turkey with lots of gravy that can make one go slurp, slurp. Oops… the manners! 

One more person going cluck…cluck over turkey is the famous dancer/choreographer Sandip Soparrkar. He dances with joy at the thought of his favourite dish, roasted turkey. He says, “It is sooo…yummy and juicy; and also the traditional cake, which is loaded with nuts, fruits and rum."  

While graphic arts consultant, Framroz Ghaswala, loves stuffed roasted chicken and when it comes to sweet, he is fond of chocolate fudge and marzipan. He says, "These are very typical Christian delicacies, especially marzipan and I just love it."

Manager Pearl Noronha, lays out a feast for the eyes…and yes the foodie. Her table is laid with potato chops, sorpotel, stuffed chicken and duck. Her husband simply loves her cooking and relishes the delicacies with great delight. Well, their tastebuds do have a great meeting place.

Ah! Management Consultant Trevor Fernandes, has finally got interested in the chicks and this is something really fishy! He loves pudding, stuffed turkey and appams and chicken stews, and to think he was a staunch vegetarian for years. "I was… (chuckles) until I went to Delhi. I do not eat much red meat though. I like lamb, turkey, fish and chicken. I have reverted to eating meat after a span of eight years. I can even cook turkey and chicken biryani." He loves to watch his family and friends go burp…burp.

While everyone is nuts over the gorgeous actress and presenter Diana Hayden, she is nuts over all kinds of coconut sweets. That explains her soft and gentle inner core, which helped her clinch the crown.

Film writer/director Vikram Tuli, also pans his choice to the mouth watering Marzipan. “It is delicious and yummy,” he says. Theatre personality Quasar Thakore Padamsee, upstages the common concept of the great Christmas gourmet. He hates the traditional festive pudding. He prefers his mother's taheri or dal ghosht – rice cooked in mutton gravy.

Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks loves Goan food, but he does not eat meat (except fish). So chicken, turkey, pork or beef are out… on their farms! I am sure they are ever so grateful to him, since he does not have his designs on them.

Christmas is that one time like Divali when it is not about religion any more. It is not just a Christian celebration anymore, it is a universal festival. It is about rebonding, expressing your affection and exchanging presents especially with ones close relatives and friends. In todays world we need more because we are so caught up in our own personal lives and the rat-race that we negelect something so important and special. Ah yes! Christmas is also about Santa and giving presents. Now I am Santa Claus and I love it; it is great fun. I give presents to people who I am very close to. I think giving presents is not about giving something what you like but the trick is to give what they want and like. It is such a great feeling within to see their faces light up and I think that is what giving presents is all about.
—Diana Hayden, Miss World and actress

Gluhwien
Gluhwien is what mulled wine is called in South Africa.

Try some of this on Christmas eve, your home will smell spicy and lovely and it will warm things up. 

Ingredients 

For each 750 ml (3 cups) of wine:

  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 6 whole cloves
  • Zest of half an orange
  • 2 to 4 Tbs. sugar*
  • 1 Star Anise 

Method
Break cinnamon sticks into three or four pieces. Remove zest from orange in large pieces or one long piece. In a thick bottomed pot on low heat, combine wine, spices and 2 Tbs. sugar. Heat 1/2 to 1 hour, but do not allow to boil. Longer heating brings out a warmer, more cinnamony flavours. Taste and adjust sugar. Serve. Remove spices and rind; reduce heat to low and cover if not all Wien is served.

Christmas Stockings
In many countries around the world, including Germany, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States, children hang stockings from the mantelpiece on Christmas Eve to be filled with small gifts from Santa Claus. The precise origins of the tradition of Christmas stockings are not known, but there are a number of clues and theories. According to legend, Christmas stockings honour a charitable gift of the historical Saint Nicholas, a 3rd and 4th century bishop in modern-day Turkey known for his anonymous gifts. The story tells of a poor widower with three daughters who had no chance of marriage since they could not afford a dowry. Saint Nicholas left gold coins in the girls' stockings as they hung over the chimney at night to dry. Saint Nicholas inherited significant wealth from his parents and made many anonymous gifts to the poor throughout his career as a bishop. He was later transformed by legend into the gift-giving Santa Claus, and Christmas stockings may be an homage to the gift-giving of the real Saint Nicholas.
 

 

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