Christmas – it’s all about the food!

It turns out that I blog a lot about food. I've blogged about baking failures and baking successes, trying new food and not trying new food, favourite cookbooks we've got and favourite cookbooks we haven't got -- I've even compared books to food. So it seems only right that I should blog about Christmas food.

I'm sure it'll come as no surprise that I just love Christmas fare. I'm vegetarian, so the hams, turkeys, and barbeques naturally don't interest me. No, for me, its really all about dessert! Every year I make the same three desserts. A classic kiwi pav with strawberries and kiwifruit, a Chocolate Bombe Noel (fruit-laden chocolate ice-cream), and a plum and almond flan. I love all three desserts. The flan is a wonderful counterpoint to the rich, sweet pavlova, and it just wouldn't be Christmas without my ice-cream! Also making all three keeps the egg yolk to egg white ratio perfectly balanced.

But, last year I really did feel a bit like Bill Murray waking up on Groundhog Day. Here I was, once again, making the same things I've been making every year since I don't know when...

Suddenly I felt tired of it. So this year, it's time to mix it up!

I've got family coming to stay, so with more mouths to feed there's no need to drop one of the favourites, I'll just add another dessert!! And keeping it classic, I think I'll make a trifle. Trouble is, I don't have a good recipe. Mum never made trifle - no special family recipe to be had. So I've been scouring our website and catalogue for trifle recipes, looking for the quintessential trifle.

Now I have a new problem - which one should I make??!

Should I go retro with Classic Puds: From Pavlovas to Trifles?

Am I onto a winner with Lemon Curd and Blueberry Trifle from Kitchen Table Memoirs: Shared Stories From Australian Writers?

Or maybe White Chocolate and Berry Trifle? I discovered this little gem in the Culinary Arts Collection which is tucked away with our Science and Technology eResources

Since we're mixing it up, maybe Gingerbread and Pumpkin Trifle is the way to go? It doesn't sound much like trifle, but it does sound delish! Check out Teens Cook Dessert if you're game to give it a try.

Is your mouth watering yet? Why not take a look the list I put together - with 18 different trifle recipes, I'm sure there'll be something to take your fancy! And if trifle isn't your thing, there's plenty of other delicious desserts to whet your appetite.

I guess whatever I make has got to be better than Trifle à la Rachel Green, so I can't go too far wrong, right?!

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