Everyone’s favourite Aussie chef, Poh Ling Yeow, shares her tried-and-tested tips on making Christmas time in the kitchen a breeze.
Poh, who has partnered with Bega Peanut Butter for its latest campaign, shares how to survive the festive season with these time-saving, hassle-free hacks.
Convenience is key
“Make sure your Christmas menu includes lots of room temperature and cold dishes that suit the warm Aussie Christmas. Be sure to use ingredients that are in season because when they’re at their peak, you don’t have to do too much to them to stand out. Things like cold seafood and lots of salads, keep holiday eating fresh and light.”
Keep it simple
“Remember to keep your menu tasty but simple so you actually have time to mingle and enjoy yourself. As much as your friends might love your food, it’s more important they get to see you and celebrate Christmas with you.”
Start a new tradition
“If the idea of feeding the masses totally frazzles you, be sure to book into a local restaurant, café or Potluck buffet. It will reduce all stresses in the lead up and on the day, while making sure there’s enough variety and always generates a lot of fun.”
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Keeping hungry people happy
“Always have a spectacular fruit platter ready to go. It’s great for palate cleansing and for those moments when guests are peckish, but over diving into the ham, chips and chocolate.”
Remember the spirit of Christmas
“Be kind to yourself. This is meant to be the festive season, full of cheer and merriment. If something doesn’t go to plan, don’t fall to pieces – improvise!”