Not every family can go to the beach for Christmas but with a few styling tips, it’s not hard to bring the beach to you. Colour themes in blues, turquoise and natural colours will make your guests feel like they’re somewhere tropical and your family Christmas will be truly special.
Fresh Asian flavours inspire a beach vibe that is perfect for a hot summer Christmas day.
This economical feast won’t break the bank, but your guests will feel satisfied and decadently spoiled, the best combination for Christmas day!
Menu – serves 6 people
- Lemongrass Turkey Rice Paper Rolls
- Tom Yum Prawn and Chicken Skewers
- Green Papaya Salad
- Coconut Pannacotta with Ginger and Lime Pineapple
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If you don’t have pannacotta moulds, use lovely glasses and serve in them. It still looks lovely, and saves the heart-stopping moment of will my pannacotta come out of the mould!
If you can’t find Tom Yum paste at your local Asian supermarket you can make your own.
- 4 tablespoons finely minced lemongrass
- ½ cup fresh chopped coriander leaves & stems
- 5 cloves garlic
- 5 cm piece ginger or galangal, sliced
- 1 fresh red chili, sliced
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon coconut or peanut oil
- ½ teaspoon shrimp paste
- ¼ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 3 heaped teaspoons brown or palm sugar
- 3 spring onions, sliced
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- Put all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Will store in the fridge for a few weeks.
You can use red, or green, curry paste instead of Tom Yum for a different Thai flavor.
When cooking the chicken skewers be sure to turn them constantly like they do at street vendors in Thailand. This ensures they don’t stick and they cook evenly.
You could exchange the green papaya for green mango for a different taste sensation.
Christmas themes styled by Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley is a popular Australian blogger whose blog, Keeping Up With The Holsbys covers food, parenting and this crazy little thing called life. She is also an online journalist for The Australian Women’s Weekly. Between her love of human interest stories, photography and food, Danielle’s life is anything but dull.
She lives in Sydney with her two children, D Man and Kiki, and a cat named Pants who is a bit of a jerk. In her spare time she eats ice cream straight from the bucket whilst drinking wine.