An all-time Christmas favourite that can be whizzed up in the food processor. Shortbread makes a perfect gift; package in a serving bowl with cellophane, in a glass storage jar, or a beautiful box. Tie with gorgeous ribbon and a small decoration. 300g plain flour 60g ground rice 125g caster sugar 250, butter, chilled, diced into small cubes Mix the dry ingredients together in the processor and give a quick pulse. Add the butter cubes, and using the pulse button, wizz until the dough just starts ...read more
I’ve just made a batch of Eggnog for Christmas Eve and it’s now chilling in the fridge for the next 24 hours. To me, in Australia, it is far too hot at this time of the year to make an eggnog that is not served really icy cold. For the last couple of years I have used Serge Dansereau’s recipe from his book Summer Food . What I particularly like about this version is that the eggs are cooked ( traditionally they are not) which makes it a richer mixture that will keep in the fri...read more
While leafing through some of my Mum’s recipes recently, I came across this old favourite, the recipe, on a scrap of paper, torn from a magazine. I remember it fondly from many a birthday party, when I was a child. Imagine my surprise when I went looking for the Chocolate Ripple biscuits this week, and find Arnott’s have copies of the original recipe right there in the Biscuit Aisle. I decided to give this classic Australian dessert a new look for Christmas, and I have to say I am qu...read more
Well this is it, just two sleeps to go, and there’s definitely a buzz about town. Time to get excited and ENJOY this wonderful season with family and friends. The Final List Make any sauces or salad dressings you need, store in airtight containers in the fridge. By all accounts heaps of you have already prepared the Freeze Ahead Roast Potatoes I posted a day or so ago, it’s a real time-saver. Make a simple icecream Christmas Pudding and serve with Cherry Compote for those that don...read more
Don’t spend Christmas morning peeling potatoes, make these freeze-ahead roasties today and be ahead of the game. These have to be the best roast potatoes ever. They are absolutely foolproof, and you can MAKE THEM AHEAD AND FREEZE for up to a month, before roasting and serving. Great to have in the freezer anytime ! ROAST FROM FROZEN while your cooked Christmas turkey is resting. Ingredients 2.5kg Deseriee potatoes, this will serve about 8 people 2 tbs flour 5tbs goose or duck fat or sun...read more
Having run a successful catering business in Sydney for more than 20 years, providing the highest standard of food and service for private and corporate clients, I have more than a few tricks-of-the-trade to impart to help make your entertaining easier. Sharing good food with family and friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures – entertaining should be easy and fun for everyone, including the cook.