Radicchio, Watercress and Witlof Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Radicchio and watercress salad with pomegranate molasses dressing

When I was preparing our Christmas Eve dinner where glazed ham and crispy potatoes roasted in duck fat were two compulsory menu items, I needed something to bring a little colour.  And I knew pomegranate seeds could do just that.   I’ve always loved the taste of pomegranates but I’m even more impressed with the […]

Frozen White-Chocolate Christmas Bombe

Ready to serve

Thanks for all your comments about how you spent Christmas.  I loved reading how you celebrated. As promised, here is my mother’s white chocolate bombe recipe.  I’m not sure how long she’s been making this but I’m sure it’s been on our table every Christmas for at least 25 years.  Back then my mother was […]

A Gingerbread House

No implosions this year!

For those of you who were following my blog last Christmas you might recall I made a gingerbread house that imploded.  I had just come home from being away on an eight-day business trip and it was now but a few days away from Christmas Day and I was trying to fit four weeks of […]

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

I would love to be bringing you my mother’s cranberry sauce recipe but unfortunately and despite my very best efforts, I’m unable to.  You see, it has to be made with either fresh or frozen cranberries and while that might seem simple enough, it actually isn’t – not in this part of the world, anyway. […]

Mum’s Buche de Noel and it’s Gluten-Free

Buche de Noel

A few posts ago I told you about my family’s traditions of celebrating Christmas and how one of these involved a Buche de Noel. Buche de Noel is a French Yule Log or Christmas log and is traditionally served late on Christmas Eve as a family gathers together to await the arrival of Santa, bounding […]

Mum’s Christmas Sugar Cookies and…Archie Goes to School

A mixed platter of hearts, angels, Christmas trees, Christmas Bells and stars

When Archie was in high school he went to one of those schools where at the end of the year, they broke up two weeks before the public schools and as such, he had a lot of time to fill. One year when Archie was at home having finished school for that calendar year, he […]

Mini Christmas Cakes

I used the green edible marker to create some texture to the tree.

There’s a Christmas cake I’ve been making for years and it’s from the Australian Women’s Weekly Celebration cookbook.  I was first attracted to this recipe because there’s a lovely story attached to it. Way back in 1937, the Australian Women’s Weekly ran a competition for the best fruit cake.  This recipe won and the prize […]

Mum’s Cherry Chutney – Perfect with Turkey or Ham

Cherry Chutney

When I was growing up there were a lot of traditions to be observed.  Christmas had the bulk of these traditions. On Christmas Eve my mother would be up at around half past five to begin a day spent in the kitchen and in the climbing heat. In the early evening my father would gather […]

Three Turkey Stuffings

Three turkey stuffings

When I was growing up we always had a hot roast turkey on Christmas Day.  It didn’t matter if it was a heatwave with temperatures over 40C (104F), (as it often was), there were no cold-cuts on our Christmas table. One year my father thought we should try something a little different and that meant […]

A Gluten-Free Christmas Cake

A Christmas Cake guarded fiercely by Santas

I mentioned in my November In My Kitchen Post that I had dried fruits, glace fruits and nuts soaking in brandy and orange juice in preparation for making two Christmas cakes.  Here is one of the cakes and this one if gluten-free but if you don’t need to have a gluten-free cake all you need […]