Why Nigella won't eat turkey this Christmas

Deciding which meat will be the main course for Christmas dinner can be a daunting task. But with many families across the country celebrating on a smaller scale this year, you'll likely be looking for something other than a giant turkey — unless you're happy to eat turkey sandwiches for the next three weeks. One celebrity chef isn't going the Big Bird route this year, with Nigella Lawson deciding to use pork instead of turkey.

Nigella is no stranger to food controversy - her recipes have got us talking on more than one occasion - and her unique way of pronouncing microwaves has also delighted us. But her main reason for skipping turkey this year? Lawson thought she would be less sad and "make something that was just a nice lunch, drawing on some Christmas traditions from other places that I was interested in, but not making me feel like something was missing," she said in a recent episode . BBC Newscast Podcast. "I think one of the things we all realize is how much we miss having people around our table, so all the worry about 'is this perfect, should we do this or that,' you realize that's actually secondary The feeling of eating with other people.”

"I would have thought that, for many people, the strange conditions we live in would make them want to stick to tradition rather than add something new and different," she concluded.

But that's not to say the chef will be spending Christmas alone. Last month, Lawson told Good Housekeeping she planned to be surrounded by her children. While that may have changed since new restrictions were put in place, she's looking forward to "a lot of cooking, a lot of eating, a lot of lying around."

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"I love watching movies with them and not having things on a schedule. I'm also a bit cliche and like to keep the fire burning and put on lots of tealights and fairy lights," Lawson continued. "It's about transforming your home into a cocoon-like, magical place that feels a little different from other places during the year."