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Turkey, duck or chicken? Sydney butcher Tender Value Meats can solve arguments on the preferred Christmas protein by combining all three. Its ‘‘turduckens’’ comprise a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck stuffed into a deboned turkey, with a fruit stuffing inside the chicken, fig and pistachio in the duck, and sage and onion in the turkey. The 5kg meatfest, $100, takes about 31/ hours to cook. More: tendervalue.com.au.
British chef Heston Blumenthal is not averse to a bit of creative layering himself. He’s stuffed his pre-made Christmas puds with festive fruits. Blumenthal’s 1.2kg Hidden Orange Pudding ($18 from Coles), which proved so popular in Britain last year it was fetching more than £200 ($306) a pop on eBay, has a whole candied orange inside. There’s also a new Hidden Clementine Christmas Pudding ($7 for 227g), with a clementine that releases essential oils during cooking, ‘‘infusing the pudding from the inside out’’.
Christmas provisions delivered direct to your door is the promise of Aussie Farmers Direct, which distributes Australian products to consumers with no delivery charge, including a 5kg leg of Newland Food Company Christmas ham ($59) and a Pudding Lane Christmas pud, handmade using a 100-year-old recipe ($40 for 1kg, or $55 for 1.5kg). More: aussiefarmers.com.au.
Food intolerances don’t have to mean missing out on traditional treats. Australia’s Gluten Free Grain Free Company has teamed up with spice shop owner Vicki Taylor to develop a new limited-edition gluten, grain, dairy and nut-free Christmas cake mix, filled with aromatic spices, pumpkin seeds, edible flowers and hand-milled dates; $20 for a twin-pack. More: glutenfreegrainfree.com.au.