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December 19, 2011 / amyjmcintosh

Two Christmas salads

Salad of carrot, orange and chervil

Christmas in Australia can be quite disconcerting for people who grew up in the Northern Hemisphere. Despite the complete lack of snow, sleet and sub-zero temperatures, the typical Aussie Christmas menu would be right at home in the depths of a freezing English winter. As the temps hit the high 20s, many Aussies will be tucking into a hot roast lunch or dinner comprising of ham, turkey or pork and all the trimmings.

Given this style of cooking is completely at odds with our hot climate, the smart ones among us are turning their backs on traditional fare in favour of food that’s more in keeping with the stinking heat. I’m talking alfresco eating – barbies, seafood and salads and the like. Smart move, I say. Sadly, my family hasn’t quite got with the program as yet, so instead of forgoing a hot lunch that would make the Queen Mother proud, we end up having both a hot and cold lunch. Ridiculous? Yes. Common practice Down Under? Absolutely.

But alas, to help get into the spirit of cooking for our climate, today I am sharing two amazing salad recipes that will pump some colour and style into your Christmas menu. They are vibrant, fresh and a refreshing change from salads containing lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Both are from the wonderful English chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. If you don’t have at least one of his cookbooks on your bookcase, you should ask Santa to pop one into your Christmas stocking!

Salad of baby peas, ricotta and spring onions

Carrot, orange and chervil salad

Stay tuned later this week for my gluten-free Christmas cake recipe!

Merry Christmas!


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  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella / Dec 19 2011 9:10 pm

    These salads look delicious! Although in Sydney we’re currently having a distinctly chilly December. I think that the roasts might actually be welcome this year! 😛

    • amyjmcintosh / Dec 19 2011 9:29 pm

      Thanks Lorraine! I know what you mean about the weather. So over it. Can you believe I’m still in my Ugg Boots?

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