Here are some of the best Christmas recipes I’ve discovered over the years.
This special recipe for Kourabiethes was given to me by a beautiful Greek lady made her cookies often and brought them to church. An absolutely divine, melt in the mouth, crumbly cookie, perfect with a coffee or given as a gift.
Although our Australian Christmas is more suited to cold desserts like Ice cream pudding, there is nothing like a traditional boiled Christmas pudding adorned with a brandy flame to make Christmas feel extra special. This is a treasured recipe.
Welcome the Christmas season in a healthy and delicious way with this sugar free pumpkin pie.
This feta and roasted sweet potato bruschetta mix is delicious as a topping on crunchy bread or perfect as a tasty accompaniment for grilled meats.
Everyone loves a good Aussie Pavlova or Pav as we affectionately refer to it. Topped with fresh cream and fresh fruit it’s a winner.
Every two or three years this recipe features on our Christmas table. For those celebrating Christmas during Summer, Christmas Ice Cream Pudding is a winner. It’s creamy, full of flavour and looks so festive. Variations for a sugar-free alternative are included.
Last year I made a sugar free Gingerbread for a festive option for afternoon tea, but this year I just wasn’t feeling it. Being somewhat of a bliss ball fanatic I played around in the kitchen a little and came up with these. All the taste of Christmas without the refined sugar and extra carbs.
Caramelised onion is a favourite for cheese platters, salads, toasties and a myriad of other things. Homemade Christmas gifts are always a nice surprise, caramelised onion works well given in a cute little jar.
There is something irresistible about coffee desserts. Traditional tirimisu has to be one of the best. Best assembled a day or so ahead to allow the flavours to infuse, tirimisu is a great option for dinner parties or Christmas Day. Nothing to do on the day except enjoy.
Vanilla Ricotta on Fruit & Nut Sourdough is a go-to breakfast recipe for me when we have people over for breakfast in the warmer months. Simple, fresh and delicious and the ricotta mix can be made ahead- brilliant.
A healthy alternative to traditional Christmas rum balls around Christmas time. Perfect with an afternoon cuppa or enjoyed as part of the Christmas festivities. The rum in the recipe makes them not quite paleo, but it’s Christmas time, so who can be that fussy! Enjoy
Adding Spiced pears to a cheese platter will instantly bring a level of elegance and a personal touch. This gorgeous recipe is quick and easy to make but it looks so great you’ll impress yourself. Enjoy over the Christmas season or anytime really.
There is something fun about making a gingerbread house at Christmas time. Creativity in the kitchen brings people together and the result is a gorgeous gingerbread cottage covered in lollies. It will add Christmas cheer to your lounge room until the time comes to eat it.
Sticky Date Pudding is a family favourite and this recipe is too good to resist.
This slow cooked pork belly recipe was inspired by a dish at one of our favourite Greek restaurants. It definitely fits the ‘special occasion’ category in our home and it is perfect for dinner parties. The lemony leeks perfectly offset the richness of the pork and the results are divine. The preparation is well worth it.
A simple side of fresh crunchy asparugus accompanied with lime, feta, almonds and olive oil. Simple, light and delicious.
This recipe for rocket, pear, paremesa & walnut salad is one of my favourite salads in summer. Equally as good with parmesan or blue cheese.
A fragrant relish perfect for cheese platters, burgers or wrapped nicely it makes a gorgeous gift.
A list of my five top flavour families that will become your new go-to for cooking. Simply mix and match flavours with your choice of meat, vegetables or salad and you can be confidently creative.
How do you use a meal planner?! I used to laugh at people who had one of those cute little meal planners in the kitchen.
You’ll amaze yourself with this recipe for slow cooked red wine beef cheeks. They are absolutely delicious. Cooked in a slow cooker means you can prepare in advance making it a great recipe for entertaining or as an out of this word mid week meal.
Nothing beats an apple crumble made from scratch. I’ve been known to make a quick apple crumble using tinned apples before, but once you make a crumble using fresh seasonal apples you’ll know it’s totally worth it.
This version of paleo pancakes tastes amazing, and the bonus is they’re good for you too. Paleo pancakes are light, easy to digest and quick to make.
There are many ways to tackle the packed lunch. I’m sure you are familiar with them. Whatever your approach is there is a tension of time, cost and the health factor at play.
Fresh hollandaise sauce is delicious. The addition of lime adds another level of freshness making it perfect to accompany poached eggs, blanched asparagus pan fried snapper or whatever else you fancy.
‘Waste not want not.’ ‘Waste not want not’ is a proverbial saying first recorded in 1772. Wilful waste makes woeful want is an even more alliterative version recorded earlier in 1576.