#Christmas Day Menu and #Recipe Links

These are the recipes for our family Christmas favourites.

After years of rifling through handwritten notes and writing and rewriting lists of ingredients, I think I have finally recorded all the recipes on the blog.

This year our daughter Julia and her partner Ben will be recreating these recipes without us up in Townsville, while we will be making them with our Melbourne family. So whilst we will be apart, we will be united by the menu!

We brine the Turkey overnight so a new bucket is always on the shopping list we started doing this about 10 years ago and it really does make for a scrumptious, juicy Turkey.

Here’s the recipe for the Best Turkey is a Brined Turkey

I do need to still document the process of cooking the Turkey better which I will do this year, along with the gravy and potato salad recipes, but hopefully this will be a reference for us and you for the future. And I think a good Pavlova recipe is a much needed addition still required.

Anyway, hope you get some ideas from or try our family recipes.

First course: We vary the starters with Seafood like fresh or grilled prawns and/or bugs with tartare and/or seafood sauce (mayonnaise, tomato and Tabasco mix) and lots of fresh lemon. Last year we had a delicious Roast peach salad with prosciutto, spinach and bocconcini…or some years we have had a more formal plated starter like Pan-fried scallops.

Pan fried scallops on bed of pea puree

More recently Annie’s Festive Duck roll has become a favourite, and this year Annie will be on hand to make it!

Annie’s Festive Duck Roll

Festive Duck roll with pistachios and cherries

Main course:

We always want potato salad leftovers and to eat with the Christmas ham, so we make both roasted vegetables and potato salad. That way there are roast vegees to have with Turkey and gravy too.

We don’t always make the same salads which leaves some room for new ideas and dessert depends on who is making it. I haven’t decided if we’ll have a Christmas cake this year but if we do it’s usually a lighter fruit cake or some store-bought Christmas pudding?

Glazed Christmas Ham

Roast Turkey with homemade stuffing The stuffing can be used in a Turkey buff roll or in a whole Turkey. We are going the whole “hog” and getting a whole Turkey this year. Makes for great Boxing Day leftovers.

Roast turkey with traditional family stuffing

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Potato salad

Roast vegetables with thyme: pumpkin, eschallots and potatoes

A green vegetable salad like: Brussels sprout and broccolini salad

Orange date pistachio salad

Homemade gravy (with the pan juices from the Turkey)

Dessert: Dessert depends on who is making it! It has ranged from traditional Pavlova to pannetone ice cream sandwiches amd ice cream cakes! I think it’s Pav and berries this year!

Pavlova with fresh berries

Nigella’s Christmas cake made with a jar of Nutella!?

Christmas Week Menu Planning

We are heading to the Mornington Peninsula for Xmas week at a house near the beach. Very excited to be together with our Melbourne family and new granddaughter for a whole week of feasting.

To prepare for the week, I have been putting together some menu ideas using recipes of old and some new ideas. This has helped us to put together our ingredients list as we expect not everything will be available down there.

Here are the “image boards” of what I am thinking….some recipes can be found here and others will be posted as we go. Hope it provides some #Festive season inspiration to you.

Free and easy breakfasts

Borlotti baked beans

Spanish Tapas

Roasted capsicum filled with tuna

Catalan Chickpea, Spinach and Raisin salad

Japanese inspired salmon bowls and tempura oysters

Tempura oysters

Indian feast

Chicken Briyani

Red lentil dhal


Moroccan Inspiration


Couscous with vegetables

Greek BBQ
Aussie BBQ
Christmas Day

Duck roll

Just Desserts

Talking #Turkey #brine #xmas

In our family, we know it’s almost Christmas when the Turkey is in the brine overnight.

It’s all about salt, water and aromatics and a great way to throw I. The last of those star anise, juniper berries, cinnamon quills and the like that you have lying around in your spice cupboard! A few fresh ingredients like oranges, onion, spring onion tops, ginger, thyme and Rosemary will add delicious flavour to your Christmas bird.

You will need a nice clean bucket or tub. We buy a cheap, new one each year, wash it out well and fill with the turkey, cover with water, salt and aromatics. It doesn’t need to go into the fridge overnight.

Here’s the link to the original blog and Nigella’s recipe if you would like a bit more guidance.

Brining the Turkey makes ALL the difference if you want a plump , juicy roast on Christmas Day.

Merry Xmas everyone!!

Beautiful (And Delicious) Christmas Recipes

From http://www.gastrozone.com ….thank you. Some wonderful Christmas ideas…maybe one or two might make our menu over coming days.

So beautiful, they might steal the stage from the decor and centerpieces! These are the dishes you’ll want to make to impress friends and family. For…

Beautiful (And Delicious) Christmas Recipes

Festive Duck Roll #christmas #delicious

This year Annie won’t be with us for Christmas so it’s going to be up to Us to recreate her famous duck roll with pistachio and cherry filling ourselves. We’ll miss you Annie but will be thinking of you as we use your generously shared recipe.

You’ll need to hurry now to order your deboned whole duck from the butcher though!!

Festive duck roll

Here’s the link to the recipe


Orange date salad with mint and pistachio yoghurt #christmas

A lovely zesty minty, salad, delicious alongside the Christmas Turkey. Memories of Christmases past.