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While there is a wonderful familiarity about the tradition of the Christmas meals we all love, there is much pleasure - and usually discussion - about anything (or anyone) that comes to the table. Last year, instead of the usual scallop starter on the barbie, cousins Celia and Antoine from France created a truly amazing Roux Brothers dish of finger-licking prawns. This year, the Aunt has retired from making the Christmas pudding and the younger generation has opted instead for a colourful berry summer pudding. There are a few other tricks up our sleeves that we are going to break out over the holiday season and this week's Viva has inspired lots of fresh ideas. I can't wait to try Des Harris from Clooney's Strawberry Gazpacho, it's bound to get everyone talking!

- Amanda Linnell, Viva editor