It is a great feeling when you can pull the strings in a calendar and get to celebrate a sumptuous Christmas lunch a couple days earlier than usual. This is because the Team OneTimeFashionista is all set to set foot on the land where it all began – Egypt. Although we mentioned in our 2014 Voyage highlights post that we wanted to travel to Brazil and Chile to bid adieu to 2015, we made adjustments to postpone these destinations in favour of Egypt not only because it was in our wanderlust-list for quite some time but also because of the fact that since summer is unbearably hot down there, around Christmas seemed to be the perfect time to visit Egypt and that is why Christmas came a day early for us.
For Team OneTimeFashionista, this Christmas came with the call to choreograph and compose the carol of fun, feast and fashion.There have been all our favourite traditions; all-weekend holiday movie marathons, holiday baking sessions (and dancing around in our kitchen to Christmas tunes), seeing all of London’s Christmas decorations and department store windows and a few marvellous office parties.
First, we went out to have fun by getting enlightened in all senses by the magical lights in Central London. We walked around, like wanderers in our own backyard from Oxford Street to Carnaby Street and back to Regent Street, immersing ourselves in fun and frolic in the air under the lights that adorned the streets of the capital of the world.
Then Tanusree thought to put the fashion foot forward by making an appearance (Read the post here) at the Christmas Party at The Royal Exchange London. She was seen sporting party season’s favourites – sequins, metallic and the faux fur while she challenged the grey surroundings to cheer up. We closed this photo shoot with a royal lunch in the iconic courtyard cafe of the Royal Exchange London.
The fun was recreated at home front where our very own Christmas tree was installed and lovingly decorated with bells, balls, bows and gingerbread cookies all dangling happily.
Meticulously wrapped up gifts were stacked on the tree skirt and we absolutely had no idea when the secret Santa climbed down our chimney to flood us with so many surprises. The last statement was a Santastic lie so freely ignore it.
Nevertheless we got into the frenzy at the prospect of unwrapping the gifts so we donned our must-wear Christmas jumpers, Shehzaad in a Santa hat and Tanusree sporting a matching reindeer (to her jumper) head-band to get into the characters of the Christmas choreography. Mind you that December the 18th was the Christmas Jumper Day this year and there was fun, fondness and some funny faces inside home too.
In this choreography came the moment of the indispensable Christmas feast-ivity. The dining table was ornamented with exquisite cutleries, dishes, candles – all to please the quench of the eyes before addressing the hunger down under. Certainly there are many roles in this ‘feasty’ play for Christmas.
For example for entrée, there were some light bites to get the ball rolling with flat pizza bread, spinach, halloumi cheese and stuffing balls with sage, onion and breadcrumb.
Before our eager fingers could caress the light bites, we had to put them to the customary use of pulling Christmas crackers to hear the ‘pop’ and discover what actually pops out of them! We put on the paper crowns and waited in anticipation for the lead culinary role to make an appearance on the dining stage.
Shortly thereafter amidst much applause landed the protagonist on the dining stage which was the boasted turkey in its roasted avatar. Stuffed with the herbal aroma of sage, thyme and rosemary and trusted lemon and garlic, the voluptuous fleshy item turned upside down waited to be devoured. It was flanked by the actors of the Root family – baby carrots, parsnips and baby potatoes – all came nicely sprinkled with herbs and tried and roasted to perfection.
On a side role, the succulent gravy was transported in an adept white boat to keep the turkey soft and juicy.
Mandatory dramatic appearance in this Christmas carol is always made whether in London or elsewhere, by the flouting sprouts of Brussels. Not that they are imported from Brussels, but what’s in a name? Be it in London or in Brussels – no Christmas feast of a carol can be composed without these. This time the sprouts were enhanced by glazing them with a nice mix of caramelised onions.
To keep the occasion sweet and savoury, final appearance was made by the Royal Iced Christmas Cake packed with fruits- Sultanas, Raisins, Almonds and Brandy, covered with marzipan and royal icing- another compulsory performance by a veteran performer on the Christmas menu.
The choreography of this feast with friends and family was kept flowing with frequent sips of the champagne and the cocktail mesh of gin, ginger and rhubarb. All the liquid actors in their nicely shaped attires were held with care and sipped with joy.
To maintain the right mood and dialogues around the dining stage, aromatic candles were at work to shed the right light on right occasions.
So this is how the carol this Christmas concluded for Team OneTimeFashionista as we soon head from this cameo to another to unravel the mysteries of the Pyramids. Until then, we hope you enjoyed this Christmas choreography we shared with you above and we wish you and your family, all the friends and fashionistas of OneTimeFashionista a very happy Christmas and happy holidays!