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Published November 22nd 2020
Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Christmas is all about generosity and spending time with loved ones, but it's also about presents and food. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed this year, don't worry - I've got you. First, check out my cheap gift guide and free cards and gift wrapping suggestions.

Next, read on for my comprehensive Christmas food guide.

Edible Gifts

If you've got lots to buy and little funds to buy with, consider an edible gift. They're cheap, delicious, and rarely go unappreciated.

Jams and relishes are a great entry level option for people who aren't particularly kitchen savvy, usually only requiring chopping and cooking fruits and vegetables. This chilli jam recipe looks super festive and can also be used as a glaze for your Christmas roast.

What would Christmas be without gingerbread men? Have a crack at this simple recipe. It's easy on the ginger, making it kid-friendly, although you can always add extra! Bake gingerbread men in advance for gift giving, or set up a gingerbread decorating station to keep the kids happy at your family get-together.

For more inspiration, check out Sue W's list of easy Christmas treat recipes that include fudge, rocky road, peppermint ice and more gingerbread men!


Are you the host with the most this Christmas? If the thought of putting together a feast for your family is giving you conniptions, simply use one of the following Christmas menus.

Seafood is the only option for a true Aussie Christmas. It's simple and doesn't require hours of oven roasting that turns the house into a sauna. If it's fresh enough, you don't have to do much more than add some salt and lemon. Of course, the real hassle is getting your order in on time. Fortunately, our reviewers and readers have shared their favourite seafood markets in Brisbane here and the Gold Coast here.

If you have any leftovers, try one of these recipes for some Boxing Day nosh.

If you prefer the traditional roast and veggies, fear not! Follow our step-by-step guide here for a delicious roast chicken feast with all the trimmings. Add some roast carrot and parsnips for a truly authentic touch.

If your tastes run more retro than traditional, this menu includes fifties favourites like pigs in blankets and Eton mess.

Vegetarian and Vegan

Herbivores don't have to miss out on all the traditional flavours and foods of Christmas. Please note: not all of the following recipes are vegan. Make sure to double-check the recipe fits your dietary requirements early so you're not caught out on Christmas Day.

Roast vegetables are the middle section of a Christmas/vegetarian Venn diagram. This roast vegetable and couscous salad is hearty, delicious, and cool enough for Brisbane in December. Ramp up the Christmas cheer by adding spices and cranberries or try this lactose-free Yorkshire Pub recipe.

But it's not Christmas without a selection of sweet things. Carolyn Hopping's Vegan Fruit Tart recipe works double duty as a hypoallergenic option, as it can be made without wheat and sugar.

Add some Christmas colour with these vegan red velvet cupcakes.


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Any good Christmas feast is concluded with something sugary and delicious. Once again, you have the choice of going traditional or Aussie. Or, as the girl in the commercial said, why not both?

Sally's Cracking Christmas Cake is about as traditional as it gets. Full of dried fruit and lashings of brandy and topped with thick marzipan, you'll feel like English schoolchildren learning the real meaning of Christmas with this one.

But if it's a fair dinkum, true blue Aussie Christmas you're after, you've got to have a trifle. Simply layer sponge cake, cream, jelly and fruit, then check out this list of suggestions for decorations.

And for all the non-bakers, we've got a simple Chocolate Christmas Candle recipe that will delight children and adults alike.


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Looking for a new Christmas tradition? Why not try...

Mulled wine? Our recipe is a quick and easy version that you can make with little skill or time.

Making reindeer food with the kids? Rudolf will love these sparkly oats after a night of boring carrots.

What food traditions do your family share? We'd love to hear more in the comments below.
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