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As I sit alone in the far back corner of the café, hidden by the neglected blown globe in the light above, I watch the world go by. People’s faces filled with stress, mixed with joy, happiness, some even love. This mixed bag of emotions is Christmas. As people scurry around in a last ditched attempt to find that special someone a gift that they will admire and love for a lifetime. A gift for their son, their daughter or their grand child that will fill their lives with joy until they open the next gift. It’s buzzing here, there are people everywhere. As I sip my coffee, I feel the caffeine entering my body, filling me with life. The old couple two tables over have also decided it was time for their caffeine fix. As they wait for their coffee they have a fierce discussion on what to get their grandson. For the passers by, they’d think it was an argument but for those watching you could see their love for each other and their grandson runs deep. This is Christmas.

I’ve left this post far to late to suggest a Christmas feast, most of you would have already ordered your turkey, found the ham you’re after and the list of dishes that family members are bringing sits front on center on the fridge. It wouldn’t feel right letting Christmas slip by without posting something, so what I have got in store for you? Well continue reading and you will find out.

As much as most of us dream of having a white Christmas, wearing our knitted Christmas jumpers, we remember we are in Australia and it gets bloody hot around Christmas.  Today I will share two recipes with you. One a refreshing adult only drink that will take the edge off this Aussie heat. The second… well that’s a family friendly, palate cleansing ice cream (I mean who doesn’t love ice-cream?)

This drink couldn’t be easier; it’s by no means my idea. Pimm’s cocktails have been around forever, but this is my take on the perfect drink for Christmas.

 Pimm’s Punch

What You’ll Need (add more if making a bigger batch)
  • 340ml Pimms no.1
  • 300ml ginger ale (make sure its cold)
  • 300ml Soda water (if you like it sweet you can use lemonade)
  • ½ cucumber, cut into strips
  • 1 orange cut into thin strips
  • 1 lemon cut into thin strips
  • 1 good hand full of mint
  • 1 candy cane for the jug plus more for the glasses
  • ice… lots of ice
Now what?
  1. Combine everything in one large jug (or punch bowl) yep it’s really that easy… serve with a candy cane in each glass to add a slight hint of peppermint and added sweetness.
  2. Drink and enjoy.

This ice cream combines coconut cream with a hit of mint and a touch of lime to really refresh your palate ready for meal number 47 of the day. The flavors are subtle, but they are there waiting to be eaten. By the time you are eating the ice cream you have probably eaten a lot of heavy meals, had a beer or ten and overdosed on the candy canes.

Creamy Coconut Ice Cream with a Hint of Mint


What you’ll need:
  • 1 ice-cream maker (may need to store the bowl in the freezer for 24 hours)
  • 1 blender
  • 1 cup of full cream milk
  • 1 cup of thickened cream
  • 1 cup of coconut cream
  • 1 good pinch of salt
  • ¾ sugar (it is Christmas after all)
  • 1 handful of mint leaves
  • rind of one lime peeled (avoid getting the white stuff or it will be bitter)
Now what?
  1. Place the milk, cream, coconut cream, salt and sugar into a blender and blend until well combined.
  2. Place into a bowl, add the mint leaves, lime rind and mix well.
  3. Place into the fridge for 2 hours and let the flavors infuse.
  4. After two hours, strain the mixture into a bowl and follow the instructions of your ice cream maker.

There you have it, two incredibility easy ‘recipes’ to follow to keep your guests refreshed this Christmas. I hope you all have a great Christmas filled with happiness, booze, good food, good company and love.

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