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:
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:
Crispy Herb & Garlic Potatoes
Moroccan Spiced Sweet Potatoes and
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.
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!
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.