It is my absolute pleasure to welcome my first guest in Day Two of this year's
12 Days of Christmas
Food and Romance
Welcome, Ebony McKenna! Ebony is not only an amazing author of fun and fantastical YA novels, she's an awesome critique partner and friend. Ebony is joining TDoCFaRBE with a tale of a family favourite recipe, perfect for those Christmas leftovers...
Turkey Curry For The Win!
by Ebony McKenna
I’m so excited to be part of the fabulous Emmie Dark’s 12 Days of Christmas, where we get to share some of our Christmas traditions with the world.
If you know me from Twitter, Facebook or even real life, you’ll know I love curry pies. But my all time favourite curry is the turkey curry my mother-in-law makes for Christmas.
It’s a properly English curry as well, so it has sultanas in it. On paper it sounds a little bit horrid, doesn’t it? Admit it, even the headline made you squirm. But this really is one of those ‘you can’t know until you’ve tried it’ dishes that is honestly divine.
This is the dish we all look forward to every festive season. The original roast turkey (which is all kinds of awesome) is served for Christmas lunch, but it’s two days later that the extra magic happens. All that delicious left over roast turkey is sliced up and sauced up with the previously mentioned sultanas and not-previously-mentioned celery chunks.
|Just the way to use up your leftover turkey!|
Over the decades, dozens and dozens of people have tried it and loved it. Another tradition my mother-in-law has is to invite loads and loads of people over for December 27, to help us get through the leftovers. The biggest was 35 guests. She had tables running the length of the dining room and down through the front lounge. Thank heavens for open-plan living. We could all see each other and wave down the length of the table. Then conversation died completely because we were too occupied with the curry.
Because we’re in Melbourne, we never really know what the weather is going to be like. When it’s a superhot summer, the air conditioner is belting, the paper hats are sticking to our clammy scalps and we all end up in the pool later on. If it rains (and we had massive hail storms last year on Christmas Day) it’s even better to eat curry while listening to the rain lashing the roof.
One day, I’ll have to take over the reins and it will be my turn to make the turkey curry. I am going to have to ask her for the recipe because there’s no way I can wing this. I’m going to have to do the work and get it right. The pressure will be on, for sure.
But not yet. This year I still get to enjoy it without any of the stress.
Oh, and another tradition? The husband and I are so thoughtful about helping the family clear the leftovers, we take empty food containers so we can bring some home.
May your Christmas, Hannuka, Festivus and New Year be full of feasting and fabulous traditions.