Tired of Turkey?


Hello and happy Sunday!

We all know Christmas is coming up faster than a herd of reindeer jacked up on caffeine, and if you’re like Dharma, you’ve already started planning your Festivus Feast…

A big turkey dinner is likely your go-to, and there’s nothing wrong with that!  Turkey, mashed potatoes, those whipped yams with marshmallows and pecans on top… Cranberry, stuffing, gravy – it’s all sure to be a hit.

Yet if you’re thinking you might want to do something a bit different this year, Dharma’s got some suggestions for you.

Down South

A couple of years back we put on a Southern Christmas dinner that was nothing short of fabulous.  Pulled pork, baked beans, blackened snapper, corn bread shaped like Christmas trees, a red and green salad (ha, mainly lots of tomatoes and lettuce, but we were going for the colour effect)… We finished everything off with a decadent pecan pie and some fresh lemon tarts.  A success indeed, y’all!

Hola Amigos!

How about something with a Mexican flair – and I’m not talking nachos and a burrito from 7-Eleven… A lovely tortilla soup, followed by chicken or beef enchiladas topped with a rich mole sauce to rival the best… or how about homemade tamales?  And for dessert?  A Mexican flan – no question.  A bit time intensive, but not all that difficult… And so delicious you won’t even believe it came out of your own kitchen…


And oh mia bella – how about Italian?  You can never go wrong with this… Start off with an antipasto platter complete with cured meats, olives, roasted peppers and a fresh loaf of focaccia… Mmmm… A homemade cannelloni stuffed with ricotta and spinach, topped with creamy tomato… or maybe a linguini with clam sauce – or why not both!  A fresh Caesar salad on the side and you’ve got a gourmet feast going on… A traditional tiramisu for dessert served alongside a rich espresso – delizioso!

All of these options can offer a rich contrast to the time-honoured turkey dinner, and depending on who your audience is, they may just welcome the different taste sensations.

Whatever you decide on, Dharma is sure it will be fabulous!



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