Lyndey’s Cracking Christmas on LifeStyle FOOD

Need some inspiration for planning your Christmas menu? Here’s a look at both the Cracking Christmas traditional and contemporary menues by Lyndey Milan from her TV show:

Lyndey’s Cracking Christmas on LifeStyle FOOD

My traditional Christmas menu by Lyndey Milan

There’s something about a traditional Christmas menu that tugs at the heart strings with memories of childhood, my parents and grandparents and then a whole new generation of kids. I don’t think Christmas ever loses its charm and appeal. Now I still love to embrace the traditions with my partner, our children and our extended families.

However, so many people get stressed at having to create the necessary feast so I give you some fool proof techniques and tips on Lyndey’s Cracking Christmas:

Smoked trout mousse with cucumber salad
This do-ahead entrée also makes a great canapé. And I’ve included recipes for the perfect accompaniments, classic Melba toast and cucumber and dill salad.

Roast turkey with Italian sausage seasoning and vegetables
An unusual stuffing recipe with Italian sausages and cranberries makes this recipe special. My three top tips for perfectly moist, succulent turkey are: firstly, cover the bird with a piece of muslin dipped in melted butter or the skin from your ham; secondly, slow cook the turkey at 140⁰C with the fan (a 4kg turkey will take 4½ hours) and finally, cook it on a rack with water or stock below.

Honey glazed ham with mustard fruits and cranberry relish
If you are entertaining a crowd, a leg of ham at Christmas is perfect. Zap it up with a sweet mustardy glaze and two easy accompaniments which are worth doubling for the leftovers.

Sago Christmas pudding with custard and brandy butter
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in my family without this pudding. The beauty of this recipe is that the pudding can be made on the day it is to be served. A splodge of brandy butter on the side and a drizzle of custard are not optional.

Little Christmas cakes with eggnog buttercream
These cakes will appeal to both traditional Christmas cake lovers and critics. Again, there is no need to make these months in advance, they cook in only 20 minutes and the buttercream, spiced with traditional eggnog spices cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, is the icing on the cake!

Christmas gift baking
Something for those who are difficult to buy for, or the kids teachers or just anyone you like! My white chocolate rocky road recipe is studded with Turkish delight and pistachios and made festive with silver cachous and my Cointreau dark chocolate truffles are mouthfuls of decadence, mandatory at Christmas!

Lyndey’s Cracking Christmas viewing times:

LifeStyle FOOD Australia
Monday 10 December 8:30pm
Monday, 10 December at 11.30pm
Wednesday 12 December at 8.30am and 4.30pm
Saturday 15 December at 6.30pm
Sunday 16 December at 11.30pm
Monday 17 December at 8:30pm
Monday, 17 December at 11.30pm
Tuesday, 18 December at 8.30am and 4.30pm
Saturday, 22 December at 6.30pm
Sunday, 23 December at 11.30pm
Monday 24 December at 3pm
Monday 24 December at 3.30pm

Food TV, New Zealand
Wednesday 12 December 1pm, 5pm & 9pm
Wednesday 17 December at 1pm, 5pm & 9pm

My contemporary Christmas menu

Although my family loves a traditional Christmas, I do have a penchant for the more contemporary. Seafood is must for Christmas and perfect in the heat of an Australian summer. There is such gorgeous produce available too like the luscious berries and cherries so throw them into the mix.

Trio of Christmas canapés
Smoke your own duck in a wok for an impressive canape served on spoons topped with Christmas spiced pickled cherries, or try the cooling almond gazpacho made glamorous with perfectly seared scallops and bright green broad beans smashed with mint and feta served on tortilla triangles. A stylish trio.

Seafood platter with chimichurri sauce and chipotle mayonnaise
Argentinian staple, chimichurri sauce and Tex Mex smoky chipotle mayonnaise make easy, yet vibrant, additions to skewered calamari and saffron prawns while oysters sing with wasabi dressing.

Roast salmon fillets with salsa verde, potato and rocket salad and heirloom tomato salad
The simplest whole salmon recipe is actually two sides of salmon , stuffed with salsa verde, tied together and baked. Cleverly the remaining salsa verde becomes the accompanying sauce. Roasted kipfler potatoes with rocket and an explosion of mixed tomatoes with mint and basil sit happily alongside the impressive salmon.

Raspberry ripple nougat parfait
This is a do-ahead dream and light at the end of the meal. There’s almond nougat for texture and you can even show off your artistic qualities via the dark chocolate drizzle.

White chocolate mascarpone mousse with berries in sparkling shiraz syrup
Although that Australian icon, sparkling shiraz is my Christmas drink of choice, I couldn’t resist turning it into a stunning syrup for summer berries. While the white chocolate mascarpone mousse is rich, it is the season to indulge!

Lyndey’s Cracking Christmas viewing times:

LifeStyle FOOD Australia
Monday 10 December 8:30pm
Monday, 10 December at 11.30pm
Wednesday 12 December at 8.30am and 4.30pm
Saturday 15 December at 6.30pm
Sunday 16 December at 11.30pm
Monday 17 December at 8:30pm
Monday, 17 December at 11.30pm
Tuesday, 18 December at 8.30am and 4.30pm
Saturday, 22 December at 6.30pm
Sunday, 23 December at 11.30pm
Monday 24 December at 3pm
Monday 24 December at 3.30pm

Food TV, New Zealand
Wednesday 12 December 1pm, 5pm & 9pm
Wednesday 17 December at 1pm, 5pm & 9pm

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