EMMA KNOWLES, FOOD & STYLE DIRECTOR "It's all about a special dessert for me, and this is one
I keep coming back to - despite not being traditional (no Christmas
pudding for me, thanks!), there'd be an uproar if I didn't make
this every year."
SARAH OAKES, EDITOR "I'm on ham duty this year and I'm going with this
pineapple and char siu-glazed option from Victor Liong. The recipe
suggests the pickled cucumbers are optional but I'd counter that
PAT NOURSE, MANAGING EDITOR
"Prawn sandwiches! Pull these out and pop the corks. And I'll be
stocking up on top-quality frozen wild-caught Australian prawns
well ahead as insurance ahead of whatever's fresh in the market on
Christmas Eve. Worst-case scenario: lots of prawns."
BROOKE DONALDSON, ART DIRECTOR
"My family Christmas lunch is always outside by the pool and
usually consists of cold meats, quite a few different salads and
lots of fresh seafood - so this recipe will be perfect."
Grilled lobster tails with roast chilli butter and corn salad
LISA FEATHERBY, SENIOR FOOD EDITOR
"I'm stepping out of the kitchen this year and letting someone
else do the cooking, so for me the hardest thing will be making the
right ice cubes for a simple festive sparkling drink to sip on
while I wait for the turkey. I love Brigitte Hafner's version of
Aperol spritz made with Madeinii vermouth."
MAGGIE SCARDIFIELD, NEWS EDITOR
"This year we're celebrating Christmas at my Mum's place by the
water. It's a casual lunch where everyone will bring a dish, and as
per usual, I'll be on drinks and decorations. I think a round of
these blood orange and Aperol slushies nails both my
responsibilities: damn fine to drink and damn pretty to look
"If it's a choice between manoeuvring through a hot kitchen on a
sticky Christmas Day or slicing raw fish and covering it with tasty
stuff I know what side I'm on. This crudo is dead simple, with just
enough flair to match the occasion."
Mulloway crudo with shaved fennel, pickled shallots and lemon
EMMA BREHENY, DIGITAL WRITER
"There can never be too many salads at the Christmas table and
what better to go with the magnificent glazed ham my mum's got
planned than this salad? Bitter leaves and sweet nectarines will
cut through all that richness and the added bonus is there's
minimal chopping required. Holiday cooking at its best."
Curly leaves and white nectarines with feta vinaigrette