Want to know how to add contemporary flavour to traditional Christmas fare? Maybe you're looking to save money on your festive spread? The Bondi Harvest boys share their tips for mixing up your day with delicious food!
The Bondi Harvest boys, Guy Turland and Mark Alston, celebrate food 365 days a year. But as Christmas approaches, they understand how important it is to serve up a super fresh spread for those you love on this one special day.
Here they share with Lifestyle the best tips to shake up traditional fare and keep food fun – and easy – at Christmas.
Tips for Tricking Up Tradition
“Christmas is such a different experience and tradition for so many people,” notes Guy, “but I believe in eating seasonally and as locally as possible. I love the idea of taking the traditional English Christmas recipes and giving them a local Aussie seasonal flare,” he explains.
Christmas Ham: “Spice it with pepper berries instead of cloves,” says Guy.
Turkey: Mark prefers to stuff Turkey with macadamia nuts and wattle seed to add a modern twist.
Christmas Pudding: Both boys are big fans of this hearty dessert with a citrus infusion of lemon myrtle.
Tips for BBQ Lunches
With café’s in surfside spots including Bondi and Santa Monica, the guys are known for their on-trend, fuss-free food that virtually anyone can make. And as you can imagine, the summer-inspired festive spread is a favourite for both. “There's always space at the table for an epic Aussie Christmas BBQ,” says Mark. “The key is not to overcomplicate, keep it fresh and buy the best ingredients possible. Let the quality of your produce and its flavour do the talking.”
Tips for Saving Money
“We think it’s also time to adopt the less is more lesson ethos,” Mark continues. “Focus on great local, organic and free range ingredients and do away with too much meat,” he says. “Get creative with vegetables like our Christmas stuffed whole roasted pumpkin,” adds Guy of the fan favourite. “The most expensive part of any Christmas lunch is the protein,” Mark adds.
“If you're on a budget it’s easy to get smart with your veggies to bulk out the feast. Roast a whole cauliflower, stuff a pumpkin, glaze some eggplants and if you need meat then pick out secondary cuts and slow cook them for delicious ‘melt in your mouth’ Christmas moments.”
Tips for Food Prep
Whether you choose a cool contemporary twist on a traditional Christmas meal or go with the big bang-up BBQ option, the right food preparation is imperative to ensure that you spend less time in the kitchen, and more time with your crew on the day.
Keep it Raw: “Save time and keep it raw this Christmas, with dishes like Poke, Ceviche, and tartare,” Guy suggests. “These have to be the quickest and healthiest dishes going around and they taste better a day after they're made.”
Pre-Cook It: Pre-cooking saves oodles of time, so opt for dishes you can serve cold or reheated on the day the boys advise.
Marinate It: “Marinating has to be the simplest way of adding add a lot of flavor to any dish with very little work,” Guy assures.
Freeze It: Make dessert a week in advance of Christmas and keep it frozen up until serving. This works perfectly with dishes like semifreddo, ice blocks and granite, Guy notes.
Equipment: “Using good equipment like food processors, Airfryers, and blenders for chopping, cooking and whipping will make your life a lot simpler and speed the cooking and prep process up for any Christmas feast,” Mark assures.
The Bondi Harvest Menu
Here's what the boys will be dishing up for Christmas Day!
if you love chips, you cant go past the boys' Homemade Kale Pesto and Beetroot chips. "Healthy and delish and yum!" says Mark.
Get the recipe: Kale and Beetroot Chips
The boy's Jerk chicken wings are zesty, and fresh and apparently, super-easy in Philips Airfryer. Serve them up with a salsa of chargrilled pineapple chunks and creamy avocado - delish!
Get the recipe:Jerk Chicken Wings with Pineapple Salsa
"Try my carrot and nectarine salad or my whole roasted turmeric crusted cauliflower,” Mark suggests. “We love creating fresh, different and delicious veggie salads and sides; these are our favourites!
Get the recipe: Raw Rainbow Carrot and Nectarine Salad
Pudding. Of course! But this one is raw! "Such a fun and healthy take on a traditional must-have," Mark says.
Get the recipe: Raw Christmas Pudding