Madeleine Sami

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - CELEB UPDATE -

Are you cook­ing the Christmas feast this year?

Ha! I don’t think I am. We’re hav­ing a big fam­ily one this year. I su­per­vised last year and it was streeeeeessss­ful! I did a big leg of lamb and we did tur­key on the bar­bie. Fruit cake’s not for every­one. What are your thoughts – is there bet­ter Christmas bak­ing? There’s only one Christmas cake I love and it was my grandma’s. She passed away but the recipe is in the fam­ily and we guard it with our lives. It’s not as dense as a tra­di­tional cake and it can last in a tin in your cup­board for decades. Have you al­ready bought your presents or will you be tear­ing around on Christmas Eve? We’re do­ing Se­cret Santa, which I love be­cause it takes the stress out. In say­ing that, I prob­a­bly will leave it to the last minute to get my Se­cret Santa be­cause I’m use­less and dis­or­gan­ised.

What’s the best and worst present you ever re­ceived?

Best present was a pink Amer­i­can foot­ball when I was eight. I have no idea why I loved it so much. I don’t think I’ve had a bum­mer of a present. Maybe soaps? If some­one buys you soap, it means they don’t love you. What’s your favourite child­hood Christmas mem­ory? Getting to open a present after go­ing to mid­night mass.

What’s the best thing about Christmas for you?

Hang­ing with the whanau.

Will you be mak­ing any

New Year’s res­o­lu­tions?

Yes. Do all the things. Have fun. Get abs.

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