The Turkey Alternative

It’s so close now that I can smell it! What do your holidays smell like? Mine are a combination of the creamy vanilla and salt aroma of the combination of beach and melting sun cream with old fashioned vanilla ice cream cones. Oh, and of course minty lime in an icy G&T with a dash of bitter pink….hmmm, one week to go – yip, I can smell it!

In my world, this is time when Mom and I start to call each other to “discuss the menu”, and whilst we are doing Christmas eve this year and tend to steer towards a lighter, seafood meal – it got me thinking about the usual Christmas fare and how we could change it up…on the back of an interesting dietary year with banting in first place!

After a bit of searching from matronly Martha Stewart, via Jamie, Gordon, Nigella – to Pick ‘n Pay’s closer to home suggestions, I would say the below are my top five TURKEY ALTERNATIVES for your Christmas table~

  1. Smoked Salmon on the Coals – seasoned with a healthy sprinkling of Murray River Salt Flakes – and served with a reduction of citrus peel, orange juice, dill and a sprinkling of sugar (Mom….note: this may be the hero for our menu!).

Image sourced here


*inspiration kudos goes to Pick n’ Pay

  1. Southern-Style Smokey Pulled Pork – slow-roasted (at least 6 hours) with apple (instead of the traditional sugar) and a healthy sprinkling of Caribbean Jerk exotic spice – pulled apart using a fork and dressed and drizzled in a mint, chilli, olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing…

Caribbean Jerk

*inspiration kudos go to Jamie Oliver

  1. Asian Spice and Plum-Glazed Gammon – a sticky heaven by way of creating a glaze from de-pipped plums, brown sugar, star anise and Eat.Art Singapore Noodle exotic spice and frequently coating your ham during the cooking process.


 *inspiration kudos goes to Pick n’ Pay 

  1. Veggie and Truffle Tart – artichokes, sweet potatoes, lime juice and thyme in an earthy egg and cheese mould infused with truffle oil (me and my love affair…) – finished with a crusty bread-crumb lid and elegant garnish

Image sourced here

*inspiration kudos go to Woman and Home

And finally, ditch the idea of Christmas lunch altogether and opt for a festive ‘Breakfeast’…

  1. Chipolata Brekkie Bites – served oh-so-cleverly in individual ‘pots’ using a large muffin tray or similar. Break an egg into each pot and add a chipolata sausage (after a quick flash-fry), a curl of pancetta, a spoon of basil pesto, a cherry tomato and a sprinkle of Italian Caprese exotic spice before baking and garnishing with a fresh basil leaf! Bite-sized perfection if you ask me…

Image source here

*inspiration kudos goes to Pick n’ Pay

We love recipes and you simply couldn’t make the team happier than sharing one of yours’ with us. If it’s decent, we’ll put it on our website too…so please, share and share alike.

PS: Did you know that you can get salts and spices from their Gourmet and Exotic ranges at your larger local Pick ‘n Pays…?

Nan_blog picWritten for by: Nancy Hoepner – Magpie: Creative Marketing, Design and Lifestyle

Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige. | |


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