- Dot McHugh Food Editor dorothy@mindfood.com

In my first year as Food Editor, it’s my pleasure to bring you the most beautiful collection of Christmas cooking imaginable. I hope you enjoy making some of these stunning dishes and get to enjoy cherished moments and memories with loved ones this holiday season.

Christmas is everyone’s favourite time of year. Well, at least it’s mine. It’s a time to come together with the ones we love, reflect, create new special memories and of course, share a delicious feast. Our Christmas issue this year is filled with a range of recipe ideas to fill your house with joy, passion and all the Christmas tastes and smells we know and love.

Coming out of a COVID-19 world, it feels even more special to be able to share a table with the ones we love. This year we wanted to make sure you have ample time to spend with your friends and family. With this in mind, we have created a selection of grazing boards using a range of store-bought and homemade goods (see page 14).

There is something for everyone, even the fussy eaters, in our mains and sides feature. We have meat eaters covered, as well as vegan and gluten-free dishes included in our best Christmas collection yet!

This year we have also created a Christmas ham with a twist. We’re bringing European summer to the Aussie Christmas table with our Aperol Spritz Christmas Ham! Even the ham is getting merry this year. Check it out on page 23.

What’s Christmas without a pavlova? We’ve done all the research for you to ensure you have a stunning one this year. Our foolproof guide on page 39 will have you crowned the connoisseu­r of Christmas desserts. With so many to choose from, there might even need to be two pavlovas on the Christmas table this year.

We hope you enjoy cooking these recipes as much as we have enjoyed creating this Christmas issue for you! Merry Christmas, one and all!

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