Just because on December 25 we gather our umbrellas and towels and head down to the beach to make sand castles instead of snow angels, doesn't mean that we can't partake in the culinary traditions that signal for people elsewhere in the world a winter of festive feasting. And just because we pop our hats and sunscreen on and head to the cricket on Boxing Day also doesn't mean that we can't come home to the delicious leftovers of a rich, homemade Christmas pudding recipe!

Makówki – Silesian Poppy Seed Bread Pudding

How to make Makówki, a traditional poppy seed-based dessert from Central Europe. It is most notable in Silesia, where it is served almost exclusively on Christmas Eve. Try our delightful Poppy Seed Bread Pudding Recipe this Christmas.

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Mixed Berry and Coconut Pavlova

With a crisp meringue outside and a soft marshmallow inside, pavlova is an iconic Aussie favourite. In this recipe we have upped the ante with the inclusion of coconut.

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Money Saving Christmas Tips

Christmas is always expensive but there are ways to save money at Christmas. Saving money doesn’t mean you have to become Scrooge, it is possible to create a fabulous time and make everyone feel special without breaking the bank. Try following these few simple tips to save money at Christmas to help you on your way

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Pestiños – Spanish Christmas Cookies

A pestiño is a Christmas or Holy Week pastry that is popular in Andalusia and other regions of Southern Spain. It is a piece of dough, deep fried in olive oil and glazed with honey or sugar.

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Rabanadas – Fried Bread with Cinnamon Sugar

Rabanadas differ from French toast in several ways (though both are a great way to use up stale bread). Rabanadas are commonly enjoyed as a dessert or afternoon treat, rather than as a breakfast food. The bread is soaked in milk and/or wine, dipped in egg, and then deep-fried in oil.

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Savoury Cheese Bread

What nicer way to display the red, green and gold colours of Xmas than in a tasty loaf of bread. This easy-to-make baking powder bread goes from start to finish in under an hour. The sun-dried tomatoes and finely chopped spring onions sprinkled throughout give it a festive appearance, making it perfect on the Xmas table.

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Stress Free Christmas Cooking

Christmas is a time of celebration and sharing quality time with family and friends. If you are the cook in the house and not careful, your quality time comes if anyone pops into the kitchen to say hello.

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