How do you cook Christmas dinner for four in Thailand? Without an oven. When two of your party are vegetarian. ???!!
You get creative! Roast potatoes were obviously out of the question but we made up for it in mash and sauteed potatoes. Aunt Bessie provided the yorkshire puddings and we were stocked up on instant veggie stuffing and gravy. The meat-eaters bought a rotisserie chicken made some rather giant pigs in blankets. Us vegetarians enjoyed 'vegan duck' (don't knock it 'til you've tried it - it's awesome!) from our favourite Buddhist cult/vegan restaurant.
Accompanied by wine, beer, and all things mulled, we didn't even have space for our Christmas pud.
It may not have been organic goose with cranberry sauce, 'proper' gravy and seven types of stuffing but for us it was perfect. The fact that we hadn't had anything like it in so long and the effort we'd gone to to cobble it all together really did make it taste that much better! As I sat in my shorts (red, obviously), t-shirt and santa hat, sipping my glass of wine and helping myself to yet another yorkshire pud, I was a very happy lady with a rather round belly!
Mashing by hand is tough!