01. Warm olives with citrus and thyme
Your basic standby bowl of olives is taken to a new level when they've been infused with herbs, citrus zest and garlic. Serving them warm allows those flavours to develop and makes them, frankly, utterly addictive. We're using a mixture of ...
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02. Trio of mezze dips
Snacky food to have with drinks is a vital category at this thirsty time of year and this pretty little festive trio (red, green and white, very Christmassy) not only look and taste delightful but can be frozen and pulled out with a smug "t ...
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$18
03. 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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04. 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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05. 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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06. Queensland tiger prawns
These are unbelievably good, meaty, shell-on prawns with sweet flesh and a fresh, crisp texture. And probably their most amazing feature is that they will liberate you from queuing at the Fish Market this Christmas! We'll be gas-flushing th ...
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07. 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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08. Brined Thirlmere whole turkey
A magnificent, free-range turkey from our friendly supplier John Meredith at Thirlmere Poultry in all its Henry VIII banqueting glory is a fitting, celebratory centrepiece for Christmas. We know they ain't cheap but these are superior birds ...
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09. Prosciutto-wrapped turkey breast with apricots and almonds
These beautifully wrapped and rolled free-range turkey breast fillets make an elegant, fuss-free alternative to a whole turkey. We brine the breast for succulence and stuff it with a luscious, tangy blend of spiced, homemade apricot chutney ...
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$65
10. Traditional gravy for festive birds
Make your own gravy by all means, but while you are there, sweaty, dishevelled and spattering turkey 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 other ...
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11. Bangalow ham
Every Christmas we have customers writing to tell us that their Bangalow ham was the best ever and we would have to agree. Our friendly butchers at Lucas Meats have always been known (and awarded!) for their fine hams but these are even mo ...
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$95
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$190
12. Orange glaze for baked ham
There are few things more Christmassy than 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 Eve we serve the ham in lavish slices w ...
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13. 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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$22
14. Apple, walnut and sausage stuffing
This stuffing is as traditional as they come, with a harmonious interplay of pork sausage meat, toasted walnuts, sage and apples against a background of sourdough breadcrumbs, bound with home-made chicken stock and scattered with cranberrie ...
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$12
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$20
15. 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 insanely so) side dish, wit ...
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$20
16. Christmas-spiced vegie filo pie
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 and spinach, liberal ...
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$25
17. 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
18. French braised peas
Peas braised in the French style (ie, gently cooked with lettuce, shallots and butter until a muted green rather than being quickly boiled) are sweet and delicious and they go so well with roast poultry and as for ham and peas, oh my, what ...
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$9
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$18
19. 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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$15
20. Ruby slaw
This crimson salad of shredded red cabbage, dried cranberries, raw beetroot and fennel looks gloriously festive (oh help, I stole this recipe from Nigella. Now I'm writing like her) but it's not all about shallow aesthetics. Oh no. It's als ...
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$12
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$20
21. 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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22. Herb butter for new potatoes
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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23. 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 delightfully glossy and red in a gla ...
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24. Cranberry relish
This tart, chutney-like 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 Chris ...
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25. 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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26. Aussie Christmas trifle
In some Australian households, 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 a patriotic green and gold, though subtly and tasteful ...
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$38
27. 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
28. Christmas pudding
We're very happy to flirt with trifle and panna cottas but, to our minds, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a proper, old school Christmas pudding, brought flaming to the table, to everyone's delight and alarm. This is a slightly lig ...
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$25
29. Brandy butter
There is something magical about the way three simple ingredients - butter, icing sugar and brandy - come together and, given enough beating, whip up into something pale, fluffy and perfect. Remove from the fridge until about half an hour b ...
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$12
30. Gingerbread and icing kit
Homemade gingerbread is charmingly old-fashioned, decorated with icing and baubles, hanging from the tree or wrapped in cellophane as a little present. This kit will get you more than half way there: one tub of ready-made, traditional ginge ...
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31. 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
32. 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