To help you get your Christmas feast on the table sooner, we’ve created a guide to giving your feast extra flair with a few quick dishes that won’t take all day.
Transform the centrepiece to your festive feast with deliciously simple ideas from around the world. Try a Christmas ham glazed with Vietnamese flavours. Simply shake up your sauce by basting your ham from Meat Inn with a syrup of ginger, garlic, chilli, lime zest, fish sauce, soy sauce, star anise, cinnamon and water (all reduced together in a saucepan).
If you’re looking for something even more speedy, fire up the barbecue for some grilled chicken skewers with flavours such as lemon and garlic or teriyaki. Tan Hung Asian Grocer has all the ingredients you need, so you can marinate your meat on the day ahead of threading onto your skewers and popping them on the barbecue.
One secret to saving time but still impressing guests with your Christmas feast is to pick up a pre-prepared main – such as a ham or turkey from Coles, a duck or two from Grain Asian BBQ or noodles from Tina’s Noodle Kitchen – and focus on a few impressive homecooked sides.
Taking just 20 minutes to prepare, a prawn Panzanella salad is a delectable side full of flavour. Begin by baking some pieces of ciabatta drizzled with olive oil in the oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, grill your prawns from Box Hill Fish Market for two minutes on each side. Combine with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil – then toss and serve!
For some extra spice, try corn on the cob inspired by flavours of Mexico. Combine salt, cayenne pepper and smoked paprika to make a spice rub before cooking your corn and add some finely grated cheese and a lime wedge before serving.
An addition that will quickly take any festive feast from bland to grand is a Christmas punch. The trick is keeping it fruity. Pop to Box Hill Fruit Market to stock up on your favourite summer flavours, like mango and passionfruit. Add grapefruit and orange juice, and then some fresh rosemary and mint leaves and combine in your favourite festive jug.
When you’re ready to serve, add some ice and a generous splash of lemonade. Make your guests feel even more special with small finishing touches to each glass such as a piece of fruit around the rim and a sprig of mint resting on top.
When it comes to choosing a dessert that’s as simple as it is delicious, save the time and stress of trying to perfect the classic pav and instead go for something a little different, like a Christmas semifreddo.
Beat egg yolks and honey together until thick and pale. Fold in whipped cream and rosewater until combined. Spoon the mixture into a lined one-litre loaf tin, cover and freeze for one to two hours. Next, remove the mixture from the freezer, gently stir through some raspberries and pistachios, and then freeze again until you’re ready to serve!
With these recipes up your sleeve, there’s no doubt your Christmas table will be aglow in festive flavours that were a breeze to prepare. Share your feast with us by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #WhereThereIsLight.