1. Hot-smoked trout pate with lemon and capers
A simple, moreish pate of flaked, hot-smoked Tassie ocean trout, stirred through creme fraiche and enlivened with lemon zest, capers and dill. With a couple of tubs of this in the fridge (or freezer! it freezes and defrosts perfectly), you' ...
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$10
2. Gravlax
A classic European cured salmon recipe, using salt and sugar as well as aromatics like dill and pepper to gently "cook" the raw fish, giving it a firm texture and delicately herby sweetness. Slice it thinly towards the skin and serve with s ...
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$35
3. Brined Thirlmere whole turkeys, 5kg
Beautiful free-range turkeys from our friendly supplier John Meredith at Thirlmere Poultry. We brine the turkeys overnight in a salt and sugar solution flavoured with oranges, lemons, herbs and spices and the result, after roasting, is a tu ...
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$150
4. Prosciutto-wrapped turkey breast with apricots and almonds
We recognise that not everyone is feeding a football team at Christmas; some are sitting down to a civilized dinner with a select and probably well-behaved group - for you, oh happy people, this stuffed, rolled turkey breast is an elegant ...
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$65
5. Bangalow Ham
Our friendly butchers at Lucas Meats have always been known (and awarded!) for their fine Christmas hams but, as anyone who ordered one of our hams before, these are even more special, combining the Lucas piggy know-how with the fine flavou ...
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$95
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$190
6. Orange glaze for baked ham
There are few things more Christmassy than going out for carols and returning to a hot ham that has been gently cooking in the oven, with its glaze turning a deep red-gold and the smell of orange and cloves filling the house. On Christmas E ...
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$8
7. Christmas duck confit
A couple of duck confits, maybe with some pickled cherries or cranberry relish, makes an elegant Christmas dinner for two or you could hide some away to use over the holidays - we love it shredded through a salad in summer. We confit (or pr ...
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$20
8. Christmas-spiced vegie filo pie
We've been looking for a celebratory Christmas centrepiece for vegetarians who can get a raw deal at this time of year which all seems to be about the over-sized hero protein. This pie, with its cinnamon-spiced filling of pumpkin, chickpeas ...
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$25
9. Christmas grain salad
This makes a great addition to a modern Australian Christmas table - it's pretty, festive and would make a wonderful vegetarian Christmas dinner along with the Christmas-spiced vegie filo pie and the quinoa stuffing. It's a chewy, nutty mi ...
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$8
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$15
10. Traditional gravy for festive birds
Make your own gravy by all means, but while you are there, sweaty, dishevelled and spattering chicken juice on your clothes, we will be stirring our ready-made gravy with one hand while holding a glass of something nice and cold in the othe ...
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$10
11. Braised French peas
A roasted bird with French peas is a classic combination; the peas, rather than being boiled, are sweated gently with shallots, lettuce and butter. The resulting dish does double duty as both a vegetable and a sauce and its sweetness will c ...
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$10
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$18
12. Mixed prepared vegetables with slivered almonds
A fresh combination of - most likely - green beans, asparagus and broccolini (don't hold us to it, though; we'll buy whatever's best at the market on the day but it won't be anything weirdy, we promise), topped, tailed, strung and generally ...
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$8
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$15
13. Prune and almond stuffing
For us, a traditional stuffing needs something fruity, something nutty, something herby and something salty and of this one is tops, with dark, toffeed prunes, roasted almonds and strips of sautéed bacon in a base of herb-flecked soft white ...
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$10
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$18
14. Quinoa, fig and pistachio stuffing
It seemed unfair to us that vegos and/or gluten-avoiders should have to miss out on the pleasure of stuffing - even if they're not using it to stuff a bird - so here's our solution. It's a yummy, healthy (but not stupidly so) side dish, wit ...
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$12
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$20
15. Cocktail potatoes
For those who don’t have a spare oven at Christmas, these sweet new potatoes, simply boiled and tossed in herb butter (below) are a marvellously stress-free alternative. Place in a saucepan with just enough cold water to cover and salt well ...
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$6
16. Green herb mayo
This fresh, green mayo is a blend of whole egg mayonnaise, masses of basil, mint, dill and parsley with a few blended cornichons (baby gherkins) and garlic for punch and lemon juice for tartness. It will be endlessly useful, as a dip for se ...
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$6
17. Spiced pickled cherries
As well as being a lovely match for the duck confit, these cherries, pickled in red wine vinegar and spiced with star anise, juniper, cloves and other Christmassy flavours, are fabulous with ham and look very festive on the Christmas table. ...
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$12
18. Cranberry relish
This jammy relish, with orange (both zest and juice) and ground cardamon giving depth to the sweet-sour cranberries, is great with the Christmas turkey and ham. It will last for at least a month in the fridge for any post Christmas parties. ...
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$8
19. Horseradish-dill cream
The light tang and almost nutty undertones of crème fraiche, mixed with chopped dill and finely snipped chives, are a great foil for the sweet, rich gravlax. Blob some on blini or crackers, top with a slice of gravlax and pour the Champagne ...
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$10
20. Herb butter
Tossed through the new potatoes for Christmas, or melted over a piece of grilled salmon or steak, this is a handy little condiment to have up the filmy sleeve of your holiday kaftan. It’s a simple mix of butter compounded with mint, parsley ...
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$8
21. Duck fat for Tom's roast potatoes
As you would all know by now, duck fat makes the most sublime roast potatoes to go with your turkey. Everyone has their favourite method for making roast potatoes but I can't go past that of Tom (the undisputed roast potato king in my large ...
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$10
22. Aussie Christmas trifle
In some houses, trifle is the only possible alternative to a hot Christmas pudding, in others it’s pavlova. This mango, passionfruit and macadamia nut trifle – it’s even green and gold, though subtly and tastefully, of course – brings toge ...
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$38
23. Christmas panna cotta with raspberry jelly
This is the most ridiculously festive-looking dessert you could hope to see wobbling its way towards you at Christmas. At its base is a classic vanilla bean panna cotta; on top of its dear little head will be a clear, ruby jelly of raspberr ...
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$20
24. Christmas pudding
We may flirt with panna cottas, we might dabble with trifles, but Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a proper Christmas pudding, brought flaming to the table, to everyone's delight and alarm. This is a slightly lighter than usual puddi ...
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$25
25. Brandy butter
Even as a child, before having acquired the taste for strong drink that would invest my adult life with so much pleasure, I was crazy for brandy butter. There is something magical about the way three simple ingredients - butter, icing sugar ...
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$12
26. Gingerbread kit
If you'd like to try some crafty Christmas cooking this kit will get you more than half way there: one tub of ready-made, traditional gingerbread dough, and a tub of royal icing, also ready made. There are no preservatives in our recipe so ...
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$12
27. Edible gold stars
Christmas is a time when normal rules of tasteful understatement can be swept aside by a tide of sparkle. In the past we have used edible gold leaf which is possibly the most irritating material ever invented to work with so we've sourced i ...
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$14
28. Bang bang sauce for leftover turkey
Nigella Lawson’s idea of using the leftover turkey, shredded, in an Asian salad is a good one for waking up jaded post-feasting appetites. Also, if you have the sauce – a deliciously nutty, slightly fiery, slightly sweet number – and the tu ...
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$10