Everything you need for your complete festive menu
Strawberry and fennel seed trifle with almond-vanilla sponge
If your Christmas crew demands trifle because ‘it’s tradition’, wow them with this strawberries-and-cream version, which elevates sponge, berries and cream to a whole new level. Fresh, juicy, boozy fun – it’s a party in your mouth!
Buttermilk panna cotta with mangoes and caramelised white chocolate crumble
The do-ahead features of this panna cotta with our favourite tropical fruit are one of its biggest selling points, but do you know what seals the deal? Caramelised white chocolate shortbread crumble. Enough said!
The vibrant colour and prep-ahead features of home-cured ocean trout make for easy festive entertaining. Garnish it with something bright and beautiful to set the scene for Christmas lunch – redcurrants perhaps, or a jumble of edible flowers. This recipe is from Eatable's food and drinks director, Lisa Featherby.
A European classic, this rum savarin combines booze-soaked yeast cake, vanilla whipped cream and juicy blackberries. Keep things simple with a plain ring tin, or bake it in your fanciest Bundt pan for a showstopping finale.
Lobster is essentially culinary perfection in a very hard shell, so the secret to highlighting its excellence is to intervene as little as possible. Four other ingredients are all you need for this summer-by-the-ocean recipe.
A whole mud crab served in its shell – big, bold and red – is an absolute showstopper, and the salt-baking technique enhances the drama even further. If you want to start your Christmas meal with a bang, this is how to do it.
Planning your Christmas Day menu? Almond and cherry custard ice cream makes a festive finale. In Australia, fresh sour cherries ripen just in time for December entertaining, but frozen ones will work very well too.
It’s refreshing, it’s bittersweet, and it’s the most gorgeous colour you’ve ever seen. Lucio’s Ruby Grapefruit Spritz is just the thing to set the scene for a long, lazy lunch or a languid summer evening. Salute!
We’re huge fans of brining meat, whether in a traditional wet brine or this super-simple dry version. For flavour and succulence, the technique is unsurpassed. Bonus: this recipe produces the best crackling you’ve ever tasted.