Ho Ho Ho Christmas cooking different style

Ho Ho Ho Christmas cooking different style

 

Did you know that because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, it is summer when they celebrate Christmas – people even enjoy a BBQ on the beach on the 25th December!

Many of the more well known Christmas recipes such as Mince Pies, Christmas Pudding and Roast Turkey aren’t quite as suitable in the hot weather, so Australia and many of the other Southern Hemisphere countries have some great ideas to still celebrate the festive time when the sun is out!

Here is my top selection of these great recipes – why not try them this summer for a great reminder of Christmas in the Sun!

Many of the recipes require using knives and ovens, so best to get an adult to help you. They get a little more complicated as you work your way down, so in no time you will be challenging me to cook the best meals for Santa!

Strawberry Santas

Cut strawberries around 2/3 of the way up so that their top will make Santa’s hat. Then fill in between the 2 sections with whipped cream, as well as adding 2 dots on the front for buttons, and one on the top for the bobble on the hat.
For the finishing touch, use 2 poppy seeds (or similar dark edible seed) for each Santa,s the eyes.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

 Santa’s favorite summer drink, Frozen Hot Chocolate is a great opportunity to have an indulgent chocolatey treat on a hot sunny day.

Ingredients

  • 350ml whole milk
  • 120g hot chocolate powder
  • 350ml vanilla ice cream (roughly 3 scoops)
  • 4 cups ice (about 24 cubes)

Method

  1. Add ingredients to blender in order listed.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, or chocolate curls/shavings. (Or why not all 3!)
  4. Enjoy immediately.
  5. Makes approximately 6 servings.

Baked Potato Snowmen

Ingredients

  • 250 g potato (oval)
  • 90 g potato (round)
  • 180 g butternut squash, peeled
  • 1 to 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 baby carrots
  • frozen peas
  • slice of red pepper
  • a little cream cheese

Method

  1. Prick the potatoes with a fork. Cook the potatoes in the microwave for 10 to 12 minutes on full power or in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour 200C/400 F (Gas 6) until cooked through in the middle
  2. Cut a thin slice off the bases of the potatoes. Scoop out some of the cooked potato, making sure you leave a 1.5cm border.
  3. Slice the butternut squash into small cubes. Cook in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes until soft. Mix half of the squash with the scooped out potato flesh and mash together. Season to taste and add the parmesan cheese.
  4. Stuff both of the potatoes with the squash mixture.
  5. Put the large potato onto a plate and put the small potato on top to make the snowman’s head. Attach a small baby carrot for the nose and for the hat, attach peas for the eyes and for the buttons (you could use a dab of cream cheese as glue) and cut a smiley shaped mouth from a strip of red pepper.

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