A Kiwi Christmas is a wonderful thing – barbecues, beach time, lounging in the sunshine after too much pavlova… But Christmas originated in much chillier climes and so the traditional fare to celebrate it was about warming, decadent comfort, with all the trimmings. We also deserve a big old slice of that here in New Zealand – so we are using our winter as a great excuse to indulge in this type of sumptuous dining in the season that calls for it.
With a bit of planning, a midwinter Christmas shindig adds an exciting occasion to look forward to on the winter calendar. The advantage, too, is your guest list doesn't need to include the aunts and uncles you see just once a year, but the friends and family who will revel most in this opportunity for a lavish foodie affair.
The main affair
Give your guests the showstopper they deserve with a star-quality main attraction.
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To complement your choice of main, you need some worthy support acts; along with the usual roast veg, one or more of these will make the table look suitably lavish.
A sweet finish
These sumptuous desserts are would all make a satisfying ending to a to a mid-winter extravaganza.