Better Homes and Gardens Australia December 2021

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2 min

There really is no other time of year that puts quite so much emphasis on beautiful traditions. Whether it’s putting up the tree together or gathering your new and old friends for a Boxing Day barbie and backyard cricket, ’tis the season when we focus on the things that bring us together. And that’s never been more important than now. Which is why we’ve filled this issue with everything you need to plan and prep for an awesome yuletide celebration. And where does that begin? With food, of course, showcased in our bumper recipe special, stretching out across more than 50 pages. From the fabulous feasts we share around a table (page 22) to the handmade treats we gift to those we love – including ourselves! – on page 38,…

4 min
welcome to christmas

1 STAR POWER Dress your front door or hall with this cheerful festive paper wreath. Covered in easy-make pleated stars, its star power will shine on throughout all of your festivities. 2 SIMPLY MAGIC Christmas is near and your creative juices are starting to flow. To put the wow in your seasonal decos, craft a cluster of paper folded stars and rosettes, add a gorgeous garland to this set and you’ll have decorations so divine they’ll take pride of place on your tree, mantel and gifts. Instructions from page 156 3 WHAT A CRACKER! There’s something quite satisfying about making bonbons from scratch, then filling them with gifts and novelties. Whether you make mini versions as tree trims or standard-size crackers for the table, you’ll save oodles of time with a Cricut Maker 3 cutting machine. 4…

7 min
christmas in the summertime

Recipe on page 168 Recipe on page 168 Recipe on page 169 EASY STEPS TO MAKE STUFFED ROAST PORK LOIN WITH ROASTED ONIONS Preparation time 20 mins plus 10 mins resting Cooking time 2 hours 5 mins Serves 6-8 50g unsalted butter2 eschallots, finely diced⅓ cup macadamias, finely chopped2 pork and fennel sausages, casings removed1¼ cups fresh breadcrumbs¼ cup cranberries, finely chopped1 Tbsp finely grated orange zest2 Tbsp sage, finely chopped1 free-range egg, lightly beatenFreshly ground black pepper, to season1.5kg rolled pork loin1 Tbsp olive oil2 tsp sea-salt flakes, plus extra, to season2 large red onions, cut into wedgesGravy, cranberry sauce and watercress, to serve STEP 1 Preheat oven to 220° fanforced (240°C conventional). Melt butter in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat and cook diced eschallots for 3-4 minutes, or until softened. Add chopped macadamias and cook,…

6 min
star light star bright…

Recipe on page 174 Recipe on page 175 WANT THIS GOLD STAR? See our craft special, page 12 MAKE YOUR FESTIVE SWEETS AND TREATS SHINE BRIGHTLY WITH THE GLINT OF EDIBLE GLITTER AND GOLD LEAF Recipe on page 175 Recipe on page 176 Recipe on page 176 LOVE THIS ROSETTE? Make it yourself, see page 12 LOVE THIS ROSETTE? Make it yourself, see page 12 Preparation time 45 mins plus 20 mins chilling and 2 nights soaking Cooking time 40 mins Makes 10 1¾ cups plain flour, plus extra, to dust⅓ cup Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener Icing Powder or icing sugar, sifted, plus extra, to dust200g unsalted butter, chopped, chilled1 free-range egg yolk⅓ cup water, chilled¼ cup hazelnut or almond meal1 free-range egg, beaten FRUIT MINCE 180g mixed fruit, roughly chopped150g currants¼ cup mixed peel1 apple, peeled, coarsely grated¾ cup Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener Golden or raw caster sugarFinely…

1 min
clever idea

MAKE, BAKE AND GIFT Many of these recipes make gorgeous gifts on their own – bagged or boxed and tied with ribbon – but can also be displayed in a cute Chrissie combo. BOX UP YOUR SWEET TREATS The biscuits, bars and balls are the ideal size to pack into small gift boxes. You can then arrange your boxes in a ready-to-gift tree shape, topped by a gold star for a little extra sparkle! ADD WOW FACTOR Add small baubles and decos among the goodies, and mini presents stylishly wrapped in your free Better Homes and Gardens gift paper. THIS STAR-TOPPED TREE IS HOME TO EVERY KIND OF DELECTABLE FESTIVE FANCY YOU DESIRE. YUM! Photography Rob Palmer; styling Vanessa Austin; food preparation Sarah Murphy; recipes Kerrie Worner…

1 min

KEEP UP TO DATE Sync calendars and share schedules, special moments, photos and important news. The Family Hub™ is designed to be the heart of your home, an organisational tool that lets you order groceries, watch TV, listen to music and even access apps on your smartphone. DUAL ICE DISPENSER Be prepared for any occasion with two different types of ice. The Dual Auto Ice Maker offers both Cubed Ice and Ice Bites – it can make up to 2.7kg a day and store up to 4.1kg ², so you’ll always be well stocked. AUTOFILL INFUSER WATER JUG Serve cold water instantly from fridge to table with the convenient BPA-free Autofill water jug ³, which automatically refills when it’s placed back in the fridge 4. You can also add flavours to the infuser for a…