Celebrity cel­e­bra­tions

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SAMEER NAIK Co­me­dian John Vlis­mas Model Lee-Ann Lieben­berg

SO WHAT are South Africa’s celebs get­ting up to for Christ­mas? And what are they hop­ing to find un­der the tree on Christ­mas morn­ing? As al­ways, spend­ing time with fam­ily, be­ing lazy and low-key. I find Christ­mas is about kids and go­ing easy on each other. Free an­tiretro­vi­rals for any­one who needs them, hu­man rights to in­clude gay peo­ple, the fund­ing of food for any­one who is hun­gry, an end to rad­i­cal­ism in all forms – a rea­son to re­flect. I’m a veg­e­tar­ian, so there will be ex­otic sal­ads, lentil and nut roasts, quiches and loads of chilled fruit. We are spend­ing time with our fam­ily and friends in South Africa. Sexy Brazil­ian biki­nis, for the beach days in Cape Town. I am ve­gan, so my Christ­mas break­fast, lunch and din­ner will be green smooth­ies, sal­ads and de­li­cious veg­gie meals. We’re in Clifton hav­ing a beach hol­i­day, but we’ll be go­ing home to Joburg to our fam­i­lies for Christ­mas Eve. A girl can never have too many fra­grances. A real tra­di­tional fam­ily Christ­mas din­ner of ei­ther roast beef and gravy, stuffed tur­key or glazed ham. Christ­mas will fall dur­ing the tra­di­tional Box­ing Day Test match in Dur­ban, so we will be pre­par­ing for that Test dur­ing Christ­mas. My wife will be with me, so we will prob­a­bly have a fam­ily lunch or some­thing on the day. Haha, I’m not too sure. I haven’t given it much thought, but any use­ful gad­get or golf equip­ment will be nice. The usual tra­di­tional Christ­mas food, in­clud­ing tur­key. As al­ways, I will be head­ing to Dur­ban to spend Christ­mas with my fam­ily.

Win­ning MasterChef and the amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that have fol­lowed on makes me feel sim­ply grate­ful. I couldn’t re­ally ask for too much more. I will be mak­ing an Asian-style gam­mon and some Christ­mas­cake flavoured ice-cream for Christ­mas lunch. Christ­mas Eve will be spent with my close fam­ily and Christ­mas day will be spent with my wife’s fam­ily. Cheesy as it sounds, to spend time with fam­ily is the best gift I can get. Hope­fully lots of de­li­cious stuff pre­pared by our fam­i­lies. I ad­mit to be­ing a ter­ri­ble cook, but I do love food, and ap­pre­ci­ate any­one who can whip up a de­li­cious meal.

WIN­NER: Celebrity chef Kamini Pather

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