In this video, you’ll see how to prepare and carve the perfect glazed ham. Ingredients for the Glaze 1 & 1/2 cups of dark brown sugar 1 tbsp ground ginger 1 tbsp ground cardamon 1 tbsp dried mustard powder Orange Juice Directions Preheat the oven to 180 C. Place an oven shelf in the lowest position in your oven. Line a large baking dish with 2 layers of non-stick baking paper, or better still, use a disposable foil baking tray. Use a small, sharp knife to cut around the shank of the ha...read more
Someone asked me this week, was I following my Christmas Countdown List ? It’s only today that I can say I am up to date, my freezer only got it’s clean-out this week, and I am embarrassed to say the wheelie bin is almost full. I definitely used the rule, When in Doubt, Throw it Out. The Christmas tree arrived during the week and it is a magnificent specimen, bought home the day it was ‘picked’. Love the smell of fresh pine throughout the house. So the decorations are now...read more
What would an Aussie Christmas be without a Pavlova. This version, is definitely one of my favourite go-to desserts, really simple, and takes no time at all to make. This Christmas version, is filled with bottled fruit mince, macadamias, brandy and cream – and the best thing is YOU CAN MAKE IT AHEAD AND FREEZE IT. Just what you need on Christmas Day. Serves 6 Of course you can make the roulade filled with summer berries or passionfruit cream too. See the Passionfruit Pavlova Meringue reci...read more
Who wouldn’t love pistachio icecream sandwiched between layers of almond meringue, topped with raspberries and served with a raspberry sauce ! This is a great make-ahead dessert, best made the day before you need it. Adapted from a recipe in a recent Gourmet Traveller magazine. I’ve cheated, and used a really good store-bought vanilla bean icecream instead of making my own. This will be my frozen Christmas Pudding this year, with the addtition of some brandy soaked cranberries, and ...read more
Christmas Bon Bons are one of my favourite traditions, and no Christmas table is complete without one at each place setting. They come complete with dreadful tissue paper hats, that most of my family refuse to wear, some plastic trinket, and a really crappy joke. We can do better than that. Make yours fantastic this year. They can make a great contribution to a Christmas Dinner at which you are a guest. Of course you can make them from scratch, but my quick solution is to buy something plain an...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.