What's Your Favourite Christmas Food?

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We're less than a week away from festivities and public holidays proper, which means two things: it's time to eat, and it' s time to bloody well eat.

Christmas by its name is a tradition, and a lot of families carry that through to the Christmas table. Australians are typically accustomed to some form of ham - it's widely accessible, doesn't cost a fortune, and is great for leftovers - but it's not uncommon for families to pig out on fresh seafood (typically prawns, unless you're rich AF), lamb, roasted veg, chicken stuffing and way too much gravy.

Turkey's picking up slowly in Australia, but it's still a bit harder to get. I've heard of some families doing roast duck as well, although I don't know how that fares the third or fourth day in the fridge. Sweets-wise, there's Christmas pud, apple pies (or apple and rhubarb), bread and butter pudding (blueberry and lemon, thank you very much), those bloody awful mince pies, trifle, Aussie pav, yule logs, and if your fridge/freezer is gargantuan, possibly baked Alaska.

Although I've never actually seen someone have the latter at Christmas. You could do it. Or just order one from Messina.

But what's your favourite Christmas food?


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    Christmas cake!

      Yep! My mum's Xmas cake was always a fav for me. Dense fruit cake totally soaked in Bacardi. So damn nice!
      Was always quite partial to the ham and salads that she made for lunch too, but that cake!!!

        Hmmmm, haven't thought to do one with rum in it. I usually make mine with brandy. Dense fruit though, right on!

          My mum would start making it about a month before xmas usually. She'd sit with my G'ma and chop all the fruit in to a big tupperware bowl, and then pour the Bacardi on. Every few days, she'd stir the fruit, and add some more Bacardi (cos the fruit would absorb it.) By the time it came to cooking the cake, the fruit had usually soaked up about a whole bottle. After baking it, she'd pour more on the cake, and then wrap it up for a day or two, and repeat until she was either out of Bacardi, or Xmas arrived :)

          My mum would start making it about a month before xmas usually. She'd sit with my G'ma and chop all the fruit in to a big tupperware bowl, and then pour the Bacardi on. Every few days, she'd stir the fruit, and add some more Bacardi (cos the fruit would absorb it.) By the time it came to cooking the cake, the fruit had usually soaked up about a whole bottle. After baking it, she'd pour more on the cake, and then wrap it up for a day or two, and repeat until she was either out of Bacardi, or Xmas arrived :)

            Wow! I will try that next Christmas hopefully!

              Makes for one hell of a tasty cake! Should be safe enough for kids to have a bit too if you need to worry about that. (certainly most of the alcohol done pre-baking is cooked off at least, so just don't let them eat too much if you soak it after baking too ;)

      AHH!! I think I'm the only person in the world that can't stand the stuff. I always feel like I'm missing out when the whole table is chowing down on Christmas cake but, but no matter how many times I try I just can't do it.
      I'm doing the cooking this year so there will be no Christmas cake to be found.......muahahaha!

        I know plenty of people who don't like fruit cake. There are some I'm not a fan of even. Especially if they have too much orange peel in them. Or nuts... nuts just ruin fruit cake. It should be soft and dense like a mud cake. Nothing worse than finding crunchy bits in a soft cake! ;)

          That's what gets me. The aromatic citrus and spices. Love aromatic foods and drinks (man I love me a negroni) but an aromatic cake is just unacceptable to me lol.

            I was lucky that my mum actually listened to me when I decided I didn't like the orange peel part. and she drastically cut the amount down, or let it out entirely. Such a nice mum :)

    This is Australia - way too hot for a roast. We normally settle on prawns, oysters and grilled scallops and lobster tails. Seafood all the way.
    Also will be making two types of pasta and a roast pork loin for the older folk that want a baked lunch. Roast vegetables, mixed salads, cheese platters to close it out.
    Dessert is pavlova - it just has to be.

    Man, I love me some baked ham. Maybe a cranberry glaze.

    My sister in law makes a great potato bake around Christmas and I love that.

    Give me pavlolva afterwards and enough to left over for a few days after that and I'm a happy boy.

    Find Turkey dry and had I once had a duck that was stank and it put me off forever.

      Next day ham sandwiches... OMFG. White bread, ham, cheese, and lettuce. For those adventurous, I suggest you throw in some peanut butter. Delicious.

    There will be no vicious slandering of mince pies! They are the best.

      My mum used to get these great mince pies from a local bakery. Open top, and had a little bit of icing over the fruit.. best I've ever had. That bakery shut down years ago though, Nothing has come close to comparing with their greatness since. Such a shame!

      You are inhuman.

      Mince pies are poison.

    Better question: What ISN'T my favourite Christmas food? I love it all!

    My family usually spends Christmas day at my parents house and they both migrated to Australia as kids, so we start with a European style breakfast: croissants with ham & cheese (or jam), pork pie, ham off the bone, Dutch rusks with chocolate sprinkles, Italian Panettone, usually a boiled egg or 2, cheese & cold meat platters, bread rolls etc..

    We generally skip lunch and just graze until Christmas dinner, but always plenty of mince pies and left overs from breakfast to munch on.

    Dinner starts off with a seafood cocktail as entree (more pork pie for those who don't like seafood!), roast turkey with stuffing, roast pork with crackling & roast chicken (caters for all), roast potatoes, pumpkin & carrots, cauliflower cheese & other steamed greens, plum pudding with brandy custard or sticky date pudding for desert.

    Again, how do I choose what's my favourite from that?!? But if I really have to name 1 thing, I'll probably go with the seafood cocktail... love my king prawns!

      And now I am ravenously hungry for some reason!

    HAAAAAAM!!!!!!

    Love Christmas ham! I'm one for picking up a Lion's fruit cake each year but I haven't seem them around this year :(

    Mince pies. I can literally just graze on them on for hours.

    Homemade Xmas pudding with cream and brandy butter. Beef wellington. Sugee cake.

    Snails and Foie Gras - But then again I'm French ^.^

    Last edited 19/12/17 1:49 pm

      I so wanna try Foie Gras one day. Never seen it anywhere to be able to buy though.
      Not even sure if I'll like it, but I'd imagine I would given I like my grandmothers chicken liver pate.
      Speaking of which, Xmas time means my sis should be making some!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Pate on toast with melty butter!!! *droooooooooooool*

    Any slow roasted meat is amazing on christmas day. Lamb tends to be my favourite.

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