Host the Holidays with Perfection Fresh

December 15, 2023

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Host the Holidays - with Perfection Fresh  

The holiday season is a time for joy, warmth and celebration with loved ones. However, it can also be stress. Read on ahead for our tips on how to reduce your stress and host with Perfection this Christmas, along with a list of our favourite recipes that are sure to impress your guests.  

Tips for Hosting Holidays with Perfection: 

Plan Ahead: 

Begin preparations in advance to alleviate last-minute stress. Create a timeline for tasks such as menu planning, grocery shopping, and decorating. This ensures that you have everything you need without feeling overwhelmed.  

Be sure to incorporate seasonal produce in your holiday menu. At this time of year, there is a variety of beautiful Australian grown fruit and veg in the supermarkets, and independent retailers such as cheeky Calypso® Mangoes, crunchy Qukes® Baby Cucumbers, vibrant Mix-a-Mato® Tomatoes, sweet Perfection Berries, and beautiful heirloom Monterosa® Tomatoes.  


Quick & Easy Sides: 

Quick and easy sides are your secret weapon for a stress-free holiday celebration! One of our favourite sides is a fresh fruit and veg platter – a medley of colourful Perfection berries, crunchy Qukes® cucumbers, along with Calypso® mangoes, and a variety of snacking platters. Add crackers, dips and cheese, all store-bought of course, and let guests nibble throughout the day. 




Another simple side are our Air Fryer Veggie Kits. Each pack contains washed & fresh cut veggies with a delicious seasoning mix. Just coat, toss, air fry and enjoy. Available in a trio of flavours: 

  1. Crispy Herb & Garlic Potatoes
  2. Moroccan Spiced Sweet Potatoes and 
  3. Thai Sweet Chilli & Lime Broccolini®  


Keep it Cool: 

The best part about celebrating Christmas in Australia is the beautiful sunny weather! However, sometimes the sun can be a little too much. Beat the summer heat with refreshing dishes – chilled salads, fruit platters, and cold beverages.   


Calypso® Mango Sunny Side Mocktail


Cool Storage Solutions: 

Another thing to keep in mind in the warm Australian summer is proper storage. Keep fruits and vegetables fresh by storing them in the refrigerator or using insulated coolers. Ensure that your refrigeration space is ample for the abundance of fresh produce you'll be incorporating into your holiday recipes. Otherwise get an Esky with a bag of ice.  

P.s. No Calypso® mangoes or tomatoes in the fridge – they’ll lose their flavour!   


Seafood Sensation: 

Seafood is a traditional classic during the holiday season in Australia! Make sure to feature local and fresh seafood in your menu. The Smoked Salmon & Prawn Wreath Salad featuring Qukes®, and Mix-a-Mato® tomatoes is an excellent starter, along with the Ceviche Salmon with Pickled Calypso® Mango. Follow that up with the oven baked salmon with Mix-a-Mato® tomatoes – it’s a showstopper main bound to impress.


A wreath made with prawns, salmon, Qukes cucumbers, mix-a-mato tomatoes and petite tomatoes. On the side are spoons and Christmas ornaments.


Outdoor Dining: 

Take advantage of the weather by planning an outdoor dining experience. Set up a barbecue for a true Australian Christmas feast, allowing your guests to enjoy the warm weather while sipping drinks and eating delicious food. The BBQ Calypso® mangoes with mojito syrup are great on the BBQ.  


Finally, here’s a collection of recipes to elevate your holiday hosting! Make sure to follow us on our Instagram where we share videos on how to make these recipes.  


Salads & Starters  



For more ideas on how to prepare for the holidays, check out our blogs below:  

  1. How to create a grazing platter using seasonal fresh produce  
  1. Perfect your pavlovas for the holiday season  
  1. Add more vegetables to your Christmas table with Broccolini® 
  1. 8 Sweet & Savoury Wreath Recipes for the Holiday Season  







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