A Merry Christmas feast

A Merry Christmas feast! Nishitha Shrivastava
Foods often trigger warm, fuzzy memories, especially when it comes to festivals. Traditions, for most, are tied to food. And one of the biggest drawbacks, when living abroad, is craving authentic-tasting food .
However, the good news is that an increasing number of retailers are trying to bridge this gap by providing traditional ingredients or the finished product. “We go all out for Christmas,” states Bbrood sales and marketing manager, Jacqueline Frazier, adding, “We have lots of specialty products, Christmas trees in the shops, decorations, outfitted staff and all the bells and whistles that come along with Christmas! For example, our Dutch and Belgian guests will be thrilled to find their ancient celebratory products such as Pepernoten cookies and Oliebollen for New Year’s Eve. They will also find Dutch chocolates in the shape of every letter of the alphabet for the Dutch Holiday Sinterklaas on
December 5th.”Can Christmas be complete without turkey?
Fortunately, several butcheries are now offering frozen, as well as oven- or table-ready turkeys.
According to Eric Tin, chief commercial officer, Quality Cuts, they have a steady demand for their imported cheese and meats through the year, but there is a definite surge during Christmas.
“During this season, our Christmas ham, turkey and cheese are very popular.
Customers can walk in anytime and pick up a frozen turkey at any of our stores. These turkeys can even be defrosted on request two days prior to pick up. We sell stuffed cold-cut turkey, which is ready to slice. If we are informed four days in advance, we can also prepare a table-ready turkey, on request,” states Tin.
Rosa Butchers on Ggaba Road in Kampala is another favourite among expats. Gammon, at Rosa’s, could cost anywhere between UGX 111,000 and 259,000 (as per weight) and turkey could cost anywhere between UGX 152, 000 and 570,000 (as per weight) including stuffing. For an extra charge, they also provide table-ready gammon and turkey.
Another option is House of Turkeys. With a kilogram at UGX25,000, their fully dressed turkeys could cost anywhere between UGX140,000 to 180,000.
“All our orders come with a special package of fresh herbs of your choice (rosemary, parsley or coriander) or fresh oyster mushrooms,” says owner Sandra Ejang. You can contact them on their Facebook page.
Shoprite is another one-stop destination for your Christmas shopping. In addition to Christmas trees, gifts, cold cuts, cheese and other needs, they also have an array of imported chocolates, including German liqueur ones.
If, like many, Christmas is a day out with family and friends for you, Protea has an interesting line up for your Christmas and New Year celebrations.
On December 25th, there’s the Christmas Lunch Buffet and entertainment for the entire family, such as a live band, puppet show, jumping castle. Similarly, a BBQ lunch on December 26th and January 1st, and on New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy a dinner buffet with live band.