The Really Clever Christmas Guide
Christmas is a time for fun with family and friends and Westinghouse has teamed up with Julie Goodwin, from Julies Place, and Morrison Polkinghorne to bring you a selection of tips to maximise your time together and reduce unnecessary stresses.
If you don’t want to slave over a hot stove in the middle of summer – don’t do it! A stunning glazed ham (done a day or two before Christmas), some cold seafood, beautiful salads and a lovely chilled dessert are a true reflection of our Aussie summer Christmas.
If you’re not one for tradition and you are after a more cosmopolitan feel, bring back a local newspaper when you’re travelling overseas to wrap your gifts.
3 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
200g butter, melted
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 180C
Step 1 – Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Step 2 – Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients.
Step 3 – Wrap in glad wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes
Step 4 – Roll dough out between two sheets of baking paper to a thickness of about 3mm.
Step 5 – Cut out with Christmas – shaped cookie cutters and lift with a palette knife onto lined baking trays..
Step 6 – Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Biscuits must be completely cool before icing.
The finishing touches really make a beautifully wrapped present stand out. If you can’t find any ribbon, make your own decorative string by twisting colourful twines together. These little handmade touches stand out a mile and creating something bespoke is the most generous and beautiful gift you can give.
Christmas is about being with the people you love, not about perfection. It’s about celebrating a special time of year and reflecting on the importance of family and friends in our lives. Food disaster on Christmas day? Just a funny story for next year. Forget perfection, be happy and have a joyful and fun-filled Christmas