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Christmas in Sri Lanka.

Christmas in Sri Lanka 2023

Christmas in Sri Lanka 2023

Christmas in Sri Lanka 2023.

It’s here, it happened.
What was it like having Christmas on a tropical island?

What a time we had during Christmas in Sri Lanka in 2023

Well, “Last Christmas” by Wham finally made it to Number One in the UK charts, seven years after George Michaels’ death.

We had some German guests stay with us on the  24th December (the time they celebrate Christmas). 
I found that Mariah Carey was number one in the charts in Germany with “All I want for Christmas is you”.

This was the same in Austria. (We also had some Austrian guests stay with us on the 24th).

We had a full house – we only had three bedrooms at GlenMyu Estate and could have had filled twenty with the number of calls we received. 

The house was decorated with a tree, lights and lots of handmade ornaments and did look festive in the heat. Our staff had worked hard making the decorations before the run up the the festive season.

What's for dinner?

We believe in sourcing as much produce as we can get locally from our garden and good suppliers nearby.

This means that there is no goose, turkey, duck, beef or ham for Christmas. 
It we served these items the it would not be very good for the planet with the air miles the products would have travelled to get here. Also, they would have been very expensive and did not want to burden our guests with that much expense.

Traditional Roast dinner....and then some!

Ruwanthi makes a delicious roast chicken dinner for our guests and gets lots of great feedback on the meal. Here is one of our guests having a roast chicken dinner at GlenMyu Estate for his birthday celebration.

Our festive dinner would be a variation of our roast chicken dinner.

Also on the special menu was:

Roasted pumpkin and carrot soup
A whole roast chicken, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and gravy.
Sticky toffee pudding with homemade cream with a festive filling.

Christmas in Sri Lanka 2023 - how did it go?

It all started with drinks and chats outside in the cool weather.
At least it felt a little bit like Christmas but not as chilly as our guests’ home countries.

The dishes went down well and our Austrian guests particularly liked the dessert which really had the Christmas flavours. 

At Christmas, most people tend to eat a larger meal and what was served at GlenMyu Estate was more that sufficient. The feedback from our guests tropical Christmas dinner was great.

The good thing about GlenMyu Estate is that you have a chance to work off those calories at the swimming pool the next morning. Our German guests were committed and did their fifty plus lengths of the pool in the morning. Well done to them!

Whats about the 25th December 2023?

Being from the UK we typically celebrate Christmas with a meal on the 25th December. 

I must admit I was a little worried about having two Christmas dinners. My waistline is already big enough for my wife to complain about. I decided that I would miss the meal on the 24th, just sampling some Yorkshire Pudding with gravy and a few east potatoes. These items are my favourites and hard to resist.

I didn’t know whether we would be replicating what we served on the 24th December as our Austrian guests had requested a Sri Lankan meal for the 25th.

Arriving later in the day was a Finnish couple and a Russian couple and therefore a Roast Chicken dinner probably would not be required.

So did I get my festive dinner.
No, not this year, but my waist of happier for it!

Christmas in Sri Lanka 2023 - What about 2024?

Of course December 2024 is a long way off , but it’s a good time to consider what we will do next year.

As already mentioned we don’t serve goose, turkey etc, we will be looking to do something different for the festive season in 2024.

A great deal of our menu is plant based and I have been researching plant based festive options.

I have found lots of recipes and videos and hopefully we will be able to practice some of them and see if we can offer a different type of festive menu. You can read my article “A plant based  festive season” to see what we are considering.

We will of course, serve roasted chicken if that what our guests require. 

Stay at GlenMyu Estate during the festive season in the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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An elephant at Christmas

A Plant Based Festive Season

A plant based festive season.

The festive season is coming. I thought I would compile a few ideas for a plant based festive season and menu for Christmas.

I have scoured the internet to find recipes and videos that may be of interest.

We are not plant based at GlenMyu Estate.....but...

At GlenMyu Estate we offer chicken and fish options alongside or plant based options. 

You can see our food menu by clicking this link.

At the estate,we intend to increase our plant based offering over time as we get a reputation for this style of cuisine. In order to satisfy our guests we still offer non-plant based option. Our philosophy is that all are welcome whatever our guests’ food preferences.

We will try to provide the best meals we can from the ingredients we can source locally.

Hopefully, as we develop our menu, GlenMyu Estate will be a must place to stay on holiday in Sri Lanka, partially for our plant based menu.

In our experience, we do find that, even if our guests have not tasted plant based options before, they tend to order our vegetarian and vegan options once they have sampled some of Ru’s dishes. 

We cannot get all the ingredients in Sri Lanka.

Although we do manage to source some fantastic ingredients at GlenMyu Estate, we cannot get some of the ingredients that are required for the recipes so we cannot try them all for ourself. 

This is where, although we live on a paradise island, there are reasons to be jealous of you living in the western world where you can go out and pick up a bottle of soya or oat milk from your local supermarket. 

Here are the recipes that I have found that make my mouth water. 

Hopefully you will try some of them and have a delicious plant based festive season!

1. Plant Based Festive Appetisers and Canapes

2.Starters for a Plant Based Festive Season

3.Plant Based Festive Mains

4. Plant Based Festive Desserts

6. Vegan Festive Treats.

5. What to do with Plant Based Festive Leftovers.

We have no problems disposing of leftovers at GlenMyu Estate whether it is the during the festive season, plant base for not!

In no particular order leftovers are happily received by:

The Dogs (we have too many!)

Our Chickens

Our Ducks

Our Cow

And if we actually manage to satisfy the appetites of our animals the remainder can find its home in our compost!

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and try our plant based menu..

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country. We will offer some plant based festive offerings and will try some of these recipes (if we can source the ingredients). 

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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