THE Duchess of Cornwall’s son, Tom Parker Bowles, revealed his family Christmas lunch tradition is to refrain from having “Victorian arriviste turkey” and opt for a more traditional choice of meat instead.
Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on ITV Good Morning Britain, Camilla’s son claimed his mother and the rest of his family try to be “a very normal family” despite Camilla’s marriage to Prince Charles. But when asked about family’s Christmas traditions, Mr Parker Bowles, a renowned food writer, revealed his cooking never features a turkey for his family on the special day.
Instead, despite his books on traditional Christmas dishes featuring turkey recipes, Camilla’s son revealed his family usually opts for beef on Christmas day.
He explained: “I usually do the cooking. Sadly, despite writing a book about traditional Christmas, we don’t have turkey, we have beef.
“Turkey is slightly Victorian arriviste, it came in in the 19th Century.
“Before that, we had beef, boar’s head, all that sort of stuff.
“Christmas used to be a big raucous pagan celebration.
Turkeys were popularised by the Victorians but I like beef
Tom Parker Bowles
“And then, of course, all that lovely Christianity came into it – very important obviously – it turned into a family thing.
“Charles Dickens and Coca-Cola strangely had their bit in making Christmas the Christmas we know now.”
He added: “Turkeys were popularised by the Victorians but I like beef.
“I’m not a huge turkey fan.”
Mr Parker Bowles, 43, has written five cookbooks and won an award for his writing in 2010.
Prince Charles’ stepson shares two children with fashion editor Sara Buys, whom he married in 2005.
He has also presented a number of food shows and has appeared on Masterchef.
His father is Andrew Parker Bowles and he has a younger sister, Laura Lopes, an art curator.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK