We asked some of our favorite food bloggers to share a holiday treat with us over our holiday break. Here’s a special treat for our readers from New Zealand and Australia from Jules Clancy of stonesoup. She writes about how it feels to always have Christmas in the summer! She also shares a lovely recipe for baked salmon — a festive yet summer-friendly dish for those of you celebrating the holidays in warmer climes.
Growing up in Australia, Christmas was always a slightly odd holiday. Sure, I loved all the presents and the celebrations and food. But something didn’t quite seem right. Like why were so many Christmas songs about riding sleighs through snow? And why did Santa always wear a fur lined suit? But the thing that really didn’t add up for me was Christmas lunch.
My mum was very much a traditionalist. She was also, lucky for me, an amazing cook. Her kitchen was an awesome place to hang around. Except for Christmas Day when the temperatures would be hot and summery outside but even hotter and more steamy in the kitchen with the oven cranked up, a turkey roasting away and a pudding simmering on the stove. Just thinking about it makes me break into a sweat.
These days, like many Australians and Kiwis, our family tends to go for a more modern approach to Christmas. It’s all about seafood and salads and possibly some ham, anything that fits the bill of being festive and chilled.
One of my all time favourite Christmas feasts is to serve a whole salmon, baked the night before in the cool of night. Served refreshingly cool from the fridge with some mayonnaise spiked with dill and a couple of salads, it’s a very relaxed way to celebrate Christmas. Just the thing for the summer holidays.
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