Christ­mas is a great ex­cuse for a gath­er­ing. There’s noth­ing like hav­ing a few friends over for drinks and bites. Here are some ideas for a fes­tive party at home.


Cold Stor­age has an ar­ray of treats that you can or­der now and get in time for your Christ­mas party.

Per­fect for Christ­mas tra­di­tion­al­ists, the Lav­ish Christ­mas Feast ($169.95) in­cludes tur­key, roast beef and bone-in ham. Serv­ing up to 10 guests, this set comes with a com­pli­men­tary bot­tle of Viné­dos de Chile Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon and is real value for money.

In­dulge in qual­ity Christ­mas Clas­sics with Cold Stor­age ex­clu­sives such as the But­ter­ball Roasted Tur­key ($64.95) and Burg­ers’ Smoke­house Herb Roasted Tur­key ($59.95), or pam­per loved ones with the Manuka Honey Bone-in ham ($89.95) and all-new ready-toroast Beef Tom­a­hawk ($54.90), a French-trimmed rib­eye that is cut from the fore-rib.

For a truly lav­ish touch, savour the de­lec­ta­ble fresh­ness of Pa­cific Oys­ters ($39.90 for 18), with a spe­cial pro­mo­tion of $10 off the sec­ond set on­wards.

Com­ple­ment your Christ­mas feast with the Roasted Brus­sels Sprouts with Pur­ple and Green Kale ($14.95) and Salmon Spinach Quiche ($39,90).

To pre-or­der, visit cold­stor­­mas-2018. Cold Stor­age will take or­ders up to Dec 20.


One of my favourite Christ­mas menus this year comes from Folk­lore (Des­ti­na­tion Sin­ga­pore Beach Road, Tel: 9021-9700).

From Dec 14, Chef Damian D’Silva presents seven Eurasian dishes – avail­able for dine-in and take away – and with­out a sliver of tur­key in sight.

Try the White De­bal (from $42) with chicken, mus­tard seeds, vine­gar, spice paste and house-made pick­les. The Dry Mut­ton Curry (from $42) is also very good. The meat is cooked with dry spices like cumin, fen­nel and co­rian­der seeds.


This month, Firebake (237 East Coast Road, Tel: 9784-2950) of­fers the Fes­tive Chicken ($55), with trum­pet mush­rooms and a chicken slow-cooked in its own stock. Pair this with lots of Firebake’s amaz­ing bread. This will be the per­fect ad­di­tion to a Christ­mas party be­cause who doesn’t love a roast chicken? Give them two days’ no­tice if you want to or­der.


Have lots of cute bites around the house, so they can be con­ver­sa­tion starters when the mood starts to sag.

The Iced Rein­deer Bis­cuits ($12.90) from Marks & Spencer are adorable. They’re but­ter cook­ies, so they’ll go with any­thing.


Can’t re­sist reach­ing for a soda? At only five calo­ries, wa­ter jelly treats from the Low Calo­rie Line will let you main­tain your daily calo­rie lim­its.

The 5Kcal Wa­ter Jelly ($3, in ap­ple, peach and mango flavours) drinkcon­tains­fruit­purée­and­nat­u­ral sweet­en­ers and is burst­ing with de­li­cious fruity flavour.

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