There is no doubt that when we think of Christmas, our thoughts often turn to food. Whether you’re a traditionalist who craves turkey, trifle and mince pies, or someone who prefers cold meats and cocktails in the sun, this is the time of year when we all indulge our tastebuds. Personally, I adore my own homemade mince pies – and have to seriously limit my consumption!
But what I really love about the ‘season of eating’ is the opportunities it presents to use food as an excuse to get together with family and friends. Many of the recipes that feature in this special Christmas issue are designed to feed a crowd. From our classic dinner banquet on page 32 to our ideas for a festive brunch on page 40, these dishes are made for sharing.
While some of us enjoy spending time in the kitchen creating something extra special, we’re aware others prefer to keep it fresh and simple. So don’t miss our alfresco lunch on page 50, as well as our delicious superfood dishes on page 102.
And for those with excited children to occupy, why not make our Ham & Cranberry Pull-apart Christmas Tree on page 121? It was a triumph with the taste testers – both the adults in the office and our kids in the kitchen!
Battling the crowds to do your Christmas shopping is never fun, so to help you avoid the Christmas crazies, we have some great ideas for edible gifts (page 62) – which not only look spectacular but are fun to make.
Given this is a time of year when we traditionally reflect, I want to thank you for your support of Food in 2017. We are delighted that you continue to enjoy our magazine – and love receiving your feedback. Wait until you see what we’ve got coming up in 2018!
Merry Christmas to you all,