Holidays and Events

Take the hassle out of Christmas with Cameron Douglas’s excellent drinks selections

Getting ready to have a good time but not sure what wine to bring ... or even if it will pair well with the food you’re about to enjoy?...

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Twist on a classic! Andy Bowdy’s Angostura bitters-infused pavlova recipe

It’s that time of year again when the festive cooking is in full swing. Arguably the most iconic of the Christmas desserts, the pavlova is a staple for Kiwis and Aussies alike. This year, why not embrace a new spin on the classic pav with a bitter twist.

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Scandi Seafood Smorgasbord

Featuring smoked salmon, prawns with whipped ricotta, rye and chive crepes and a sweet pickled cucumber salad with chopped egg, there’s something for everyone on this Scandi-inspired seafood smorgasbord.

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Potato & Egg Salad with Salmon Roe

Sprinkled with salmon roe and nasturtium leaves, this horseradish cream infused potato and egg salad elevates the traditional version, making it perfect for entertaining.

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Mixed Cheese Cigars with Peach Vinegar

These mixed cheese cigars are the perfect mouthful – crunchy and filled with warm, melted cheese. The peach vinegar adds a sweet, tangy tartness to this delightful snack.

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Vegan Potato, Garlic and Herb Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

A feast for the eyes as well as the palette, these vegan potato, garlic and herb stuffed zucchini flowers taste every bit as good as they look.

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Chilean Style Hot Crab Dip

Perfect to serve when entertaining, this creamy crab dip is topped with manchego cheese and grilled until golden and bubbling.

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Cheesy Beef Brisket & Pickled Pepper Pies

Who doesn’t love a cheesy beef brisket pie? A great option to make ahead of time and freeze for an easy dinner in future, you can use any slow braising beef for this versatile recipe – it’s a great way to use cheaper cuts of meat.

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Gluten Free Flourless Choc-Orange Cake with Bitter Orange Syrup

Dark chocolate and orange flavours have always been a match made in heaven. Take it up a notch with this truly decadent gluten free cake that adds sweetness from honey, bitterness from a syrupy orange sauce and has a moist texture from polenta and hazelnut meal instead of traditional flours.

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Gluten-Free Scones with Orange Zest and Hazelnuts

The perfect mid-morning treat as the weather starts to cool, a scone fresh out of the oven is a thing of true beauty. This gluten-free version swaps traditional flour for oats and buckwheat flour, and sees the addition of orange zest and hazelnuts.

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Viennese Gugelhupf Celebration Cake

Once a prestige pastry creation for emperors, this pretty Viennese Gugelhupf Cake is perfect for a party! Since medieval times the Austrian Gugelhupf has been served at celebrations and major community events, often decorated with flowers, candles and seasonal fruits.

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Piri Piri Chicken with Barbecue Sweet Potatoes & Green Olive Jalapeño Salsa

Piri Piri Chicken with Barbecue Sweet Potatoes & Green Olive Jalapeño Salsa. Pack on the flavour with this delicious and […]

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Grilled Octopus Salad with Ceviche Dressing

With flavours of lemon, garlic and paprika, this grilled octopus topped with a ceviche dressing really is a seafood sensation and will be a showstopper on your table. It’s also delicious in toasted tortillas with smashed avocado.

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Individual Confit Garlic, Orange & Currant Garlic Breads

Put an elevated spin on traditional garlic bread with these individual bites, filled with garlic, lemon thyme, cheddar and orange zest. They make a perfect little snack, starter or side dish when entertaining.

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Grilled Oysters with Chorizo & Sherry Vinegar Butter

Exceptionally nutritious, completely sustainable and the ultimate delicacy for shellfish lovers, oysters are one of the ocean’s true treasures. This delicious garnish of chorizo and garlic, sherry vinegar butter, chilli flakes and a drizzle of lemon is a rich, bright complement to the oysters as they sing of the sea.

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Mixed Beans with Pecans & Crystallised Ginger Butter

With sweet pecans and a warming ginger butter, these mixed beans will make a lovely addition to any event – especially a festive table.

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Vegan Fruit Mince Spiced Donuts & Brandy Custard

Serve these nice and spicey vegan fruit mince donuts at the end of a long festive meal with brandy ‘custard’ and a coffee.

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Gluten-Free Gingerbread White Chocolate Mousse Cake

This macaron masterpiece is a spectacular addition to any celebration. The cake has the warming flavours of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, and is topped with a decadent white chocolate mousse, cream and macarons – what more could you want? And to top it all off, it’s gluten-free so everyone can enjoy!

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Vegan Corn & Pumpkin Bread with Smoky Corn, Chilli & Maple Butter

Add a vibrant splash of colour to your brunch table with this vegan pumpkin bread topped with smoky corn, chilli and maple butter.

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Gingerbread or Mini Gingerbread Houses

There are countless things to make out of gingerbread dough. We’ve made classic hearts with delicately piped icing, but you can also create these cute gingerbread houses.

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Caramelised Pineapple Old Fashioned with Festive Fortune Cookie

Put a fresh twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail this holiday season. Serve with homemade festive fortune cookies for added Christmas fun and cheer.

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Brioche Waffles with Christmas Spiced Fruit and Vanilla Labne

Golden, caramelised waffles are dusted with icing sugar and served with lightly spiced, syrupy stone fruit, and a sweet yet tangy vanilla labne. This is a refined take on waffles, and would make for a delicious breakfast or brunch option over the lazy holiday period.

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Make Christmas magical with these homemade festive gifts

Show your loved ones you care for them this Christmas with these magical home made Christmas gifts.

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Twas the night before Christmas and time for a feast

Ring in the yuletide and gather your loved ones for an evening of celebration with our night before Christmas feast. Featuring classic flavours, like tart cherries, spiced cloves and fragrant cinnamon, this menu offers a modern, Asian-inspired spin on classic Christmas dishes that are equal parts impressive and enticing. 

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Best Ever Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes and Ideas

Make the best of your festive breakfasts with these easy recipes.

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