Quick bites: Cur­tis Stones’ Christmas, plus hot new mix­ers

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents - AWW

Fran Ab­dal­laoui re­cently met up with Cur­tis Stone (above, with Fran) at the Coles Christmas launch and asked him how he gets through the crazi­ness of Christmas, jug­gling his US restau­rants, Maude and Gwen, his role as Fresh Ad­vi­sor for Coles and his young fam­ily. What’s your se­cret weapon for a no-tears Christmas? I like to give peo­ple a job. Think about who is com­ing and give some­one a task that you know they will get en­thu­si­as­tic about. It could be as sim­ple as ask­ing, “Can you please do the mu­sic?” Get them ex­cited about cre­at­ing a playlist for the day which in­cludes sing-along car­ols. You can get an­other guest to help with the wine or the cock­tails and it’s their re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep ev­ery­one topped up dur­ing the day. And, lastly, the kids – ask them to think of one or two games to keep the other kids en­ter­tained. That way ev­ery­one feels in­volved. Top tip for pre­vent­ing a dry tur­key? One word – brin­ing. Sounds like it’s a bit tricky and just an­other step, but it sim­ply gives beau­ti­ful pen­e­tra­tion of flavour and keeps the flesh re­ally moist. What do you miss about an Aussie Christmas? I’m so lucky as I al­ter­nate be­tween fam­ily in Vic­to­ria and my home with my wife, Lind­say, and our chil­dren, Hud­son and Emer­son, in Cal­i­for­nia. There’s some­thing re­ally nice about be­ing out­side in the sun, which isn’t pos­si­ble in North Amer­ica, but as long as you have fam­ily with you, that’s all that mat­ters. Can your share your favourite tip­ple for Christmas Day? With­out a doubt it has to be cham­pagne. What fes­tive tra­di­tions have you started with your young fam­ily? Treats for the rein­deers – a cou­ple of car­rots and a bot­tle of beer for Santa (which he al­ways drinks).

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