Dean Brettschnei­der

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - CELEB UPDATE -

Are you cook­ing the Christmas feast this year?

I am tak­ing a break from the kitchen and I plan to go walk­a­bout in New York City over the Christmas break. We are look­ing at open­ing a busi­ness there, so it will be a nice time to visit – in the cold!

Fruit cake’s not for every­one. What are your thoughts – is there bet­ter Christmas bak­ing?

I per­son­ally like pan­forte – the Ital­ianstyle con­fec­tionery full of honey, a lit­tle but­ter, spices (in­clud­ing a good dash of white pep­per), candied fruits and toasted nuts. It’s per­fect at the end of the meal with a lovely port or a sim­ple espresso.

Have you al­ready bought your presents or will you be tear­ing around on Christmas Eve?

Ah no, I will not be tear­ing around. I am pretty or­gan­ised, but there are al­ways last-minute items that I get duty-free – which end up be­ing ex­pen­sive!

Does your fam­ily buy gifts for every­one or do you have some sort of sys­tem? I have a small fam­ily, so it’s just a gift for each per­son with a per­sonal fo­cus rather than gifts for the sake of gifts.

What’s the worst present you ever re­ceived?

Last year, I said, “Don’t worry about any­thing for me.” Then on Christmas Day, guess what I got? Noth­ing! That will teach me. What’s your favourite child­hood Christmas mem­ory? Open­ing the presents, lunch, go­ing to the beach (I grew up at Waikuku Beach) and then hav­ing the sec­ond round of food, which in­cluded the ea­gerly awaited sherry tri­fle and Nana’s Christmas pud­ding with five-cent coins inside. What’s the best thing about Christmas for you?

Eat­ing what you want, when you want and not hav­ing to feel guilty.

Will you be mak­ing any

New Year’s res­o­lu­tions?

I don’t re­ally be­lieve in res­o­lu­tions, but for sure there are a lot of things to fo­cus on in the com­ing year. For me, it’s the big 5- 0, so I need to get plan­ning on some­thing rather spe­cial. Oh, yeah and I hope I don’t have to have an­other back surgery!

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