A Let­ter From Amanda

The Australian Women’s Weekly Food Magazine - - Contents -

Be­ing highly su­per­sti­tious, I ea­gerly await the mo­ment De­cem­ber 1st hits the cal­en­dar, so I can launch into “deck-the-halls” mode. The tree gets dragged out from un­der the stairs, The Elf on the Shelf jumps out of his stor­age box and Santa’s mag­i­cal North Pole Ex­press gets a bat­tery check, be­fore revving fran­ti­cally around on its tracks. Most im­por­tantly, though, the Christ­mas wreath and sparkling fairy lights are taken out of stor­age to adorn our front door. I go into full swing and em­brace the hap­pi­est time of the year, a time when ev­ery­thing we do is with good in­tent... from buy­ing and wrap­ping presents espe­cially cho­sen for those you love, to mak­ing and bak­ing fruit cakes and Christ­mas de­lights de­liv­ered from the heart. It’s a busy time, but also a time well spent lov­ing, liv­ing and laugh­ing from one Christ­mas party to the next.

To get the cel­e­bra­tions un­der­way, we have drinks to share and nib­bles to de­vour with them (page 24). Then for the big day, there’s an ex­trav­a­gant long lunch with a tra­di­tional twist (page 28) and in­spir­ing Christ­mas bakes (page 48). Chil­dren re­ally do make the sea­son sing, so get them to help cre­ate treats for Santa and his rein­deer

(page 58). If you’re feel­ing the magic, make a lit­tle magic of your own with our stun­ning Eu­ro­pean-in­spired sweet breads (page 106). And, as usual, we try and cater for all, with our vege­tar­ian Christ­mas menu (page 86) and gluten-free treats (page 96). The mid­week fam­ily meal hasn’t been over­looked ei­ther, so check out our fast din­ners that will keep you well fed be­tween cel­e­bra­tions (page 74).

Christ­mas also re­minds me of fond mem­o­ries from years gone by, like my dear late dad carv­ing the ham with joy.

I wish you and yours all the love of this spe­cial time.

Now it’s time to jump un­der the mistle­toe for a lit­tle fun!

Ho, ho, ho!

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