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Better Homes and Gardens Australia Christmas 2020

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13 Issues

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Personally, Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. There’s just something so magical about the happiness and joy it sparks in people, whether they’re putting up their trees, baking a batch of gingerbread cookies (see page 52) or just singing along to carols. Whatever your traditions, this issue has everything you need to make, bake and create your best ever festive season, from handmaking elegant or edible Christmas baubles (page 44) to planting your garden for gorgeous seasonal colour and cheer (page 94). We’ve even called on some unusual sources of inspiration, so turn to page 76 to find out how to transform a simple orange into your ultimate decorating accent. One thing’s for sure — gift wrapping never looked, or smelt, so sensational. Elsewhere, we have a lush…

2 min
better homes and gardens

Editor Dora Papas Creative director Scott Cassidy Deputy editor Artemis Gouros Production editor Joseph Kenworthy Chief sub editor Lisa Chant Design director Monique Larracy Senior designer Carol Tang Decorating editor Dora Papas Garden editor Jenny Dillon Food editor Sarah Murphy DIY editor Greg Fahey Craft editor Siobhan Rogers Beauty editor Annie Millar Photo librarian Autumn Mooney Decorating stylist Vanessa Tidy Editor’s assistant Elaine Nasr Enquiries (02) 9282 8500 REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS Garden diary Tony Fawcett Moon gardening Milton Black Health & beauty Samantha Harrison Pets Caroline Zambrano ADVERTISING Head of brands Anna Mistilis Commercial brand manager Jo-Ann Taylor Brand executive Rachael Potter Sales director NSW Karen Holmes Qld head of sales Judy Taylor Sales director Vic, SA, WA Jaclyn Clements General manager media solutions Jane Waterhouse Marketing manager Jana Williams TELEVISION Host Johanna Griggs Presenters: Pets Dr Harry Cooper Gardening Graham Ross, Melissa King DIY Adam Dovile Decorating Tara Dennis Food Karen Martini, Ed Halmagyi Landscaping Charlie Albone Health & Fitness Sam Wood Technology & Motoring James Tobin Executive producer Russell Palmer Series…

9 min
festive vegetarian

HALOUMI SKEWERS WITH TABOULI Team sticks of tangy, cheesy, grilled goodness with a herby fresh salad for irresistible flair and flavour. Recipe on page 149 WINE PAIRING Chateau Coco Fiano 2020, Naked Wines SWEET POTATO WELLINGTON Give a traditional English pie a vegie makeover for a hearty and delicious main – just don’t expect any leftovers! Recipe on page 150 WINE PAIRING Two Pairs Shiraz 2019, Naked Wines SMOKY EGGPLANT WITH WALNUT AND POMEGRANATE SALAD Add a little Middle Eastern magic to your table and serve chargrilled eggplant with a sweet, nutty salad and creamy green yoghurt. Recipe on page 150 HASSELBACK HARISSA ROAST PUMPKIN Make a spicy, sticky and zingy roast vegie dish using the popular spud-slicing technique and amazing North African flavours. Recipe on page 150 Indulge your guests with luscious little cakes as a fab finale to your festive feast MINI WHITE-CHOC CHEESECAKES WITH…

6 min
summer seafood

OYSTERS TWO WAYS Kick things off with crowd-pleasing oysters done Kilpatrick style or with a lemon vinaigrette. Recipe on page 152 WINE PAIRING Fuzzy & May Hunter Semillon 2019, Naked Wines STARTER * Oysters two ways SIDE * Prawn and mango salad MAINS * Lobster tails with buttermilk dressing and watercress * Salmon with olive caper salsa and pine nut crumb DESSERT * Tropical splice with mojito fruit salad LOBSTER TAILS WITH BUTTERMILK DRESSING AND WATERCRESS Luxe it up with lobster! You simply boil frozen tails and top with a pancetta crumb. Yum! Recipe on page 152 WINE PAIRING Dunnolly Estate Waipara Chardonnay 2018, Naked Wines SALMON WITH OLIVE CAPER SALSA AND PINE NUT CRUMB This meal looks – and tastes – extra special, but is so easy to prepare, from the salsa to the spuds. Recipe on page 153 WINE PAIRING Gypsy Caravan Tamar Pinot Noir 2018, Naked Wines PRAWN AND MANGO SALAD With…

9 min
christmas classics

SAUSAGE ROLL WREATH WITH CAMEMBERT Bite-sized savoury pastries and gooey baked cheese make for an amazing party starter! Recipe on page 154 WINE PAIRING Red by Caroline Dunn Barossa Valley Grenache 2018, Naked Wines STARTER * Sausage roll wreath with camembert SIDES * Kipfler potato and kale salad * Lemon-roasted fennel and carrots MAINS * Turkey breast with pecan and cranberry stuffing * Roast pork rack with grilled nectarines DESSERT * Slow cooker Christmas pudding with salted caramel sauce TURKEY BREAST WITH PECAN AND CRANBERRY STUFFING You can enjoy all the festive flavours, minus the usual time to roast a whole bird. Clever! Recipe on page 154 WINE PAIRING Dream Bird Geographe Rosé 2020, Naked Wines KIPFLER POTATO AND KALE SALAD Give a backyard barbie staple an elegant upgrade for Christmas lunch with pancetta and pine nuts. Recipe on page 156 LEMON-ROASTED FENNEL AND CARROTS Pair your succulent roast meats with a delightfully different…

8 min
bake, make & decorate

1 CRAFTY TOUCH Create bespoke gift tags by threading handmade resin and plaster baubles onto ribbon. How easy is that! Instructions on pages 47, 48 FOR SHOPPING DETAILS AND PROJECT SUPPLIES, SEE OUR STOCKISTS PAGE 2 RASPBERRY CAKE WITH CHOC BAUBLES Bake a berry-licious cake, smother it in white choc ganache, then add edible baubles for Christmas glam. Recipe on page 48 3 WELCOME WREATH Turn a plain store-bought faux greenery wreath into something special by attaching your handmade resin decorations and shiny baubles using fishing or picture wire. What a wonderful sight to greet your guests! Resin bauble instructions on opposite page 4 CHOC IN A BOX Who doesn’t love the gift of chocolate, especially if it’s homemade! Super simple to prepare, the beautiful patterns in the moulds do all the hard work for you. Just pour in the…