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Our top gong was an easy choice. In Australia, prawns literally taste like Christmas. But instead of “throwing a shrimp on the barbie,” we opt for the pre-cooked kind you peel yourself. Cool and tasty to fit the summer, it’s the anticipation as you’re getting your hands dirty that makes them amazing.
For many Australians, Christmas isn’t complete without seafood – from prawn cocktails to platters of king, tiger or giant banana prawns. Since Paul Hogan popularised the idea of throwing ‘an extra shrimp on the barbie’ in the 1984 Australian tourism campaign, Australians have been barbequing fresh prawns and using them as starters and main courses.
The Russell Crowe of desserts, the origin of this delicacy has been long-disputed between Aussies and Kiwis. For the purposes of this list, we’re going to claim it as our own. Made with meringue and topped with plenty of cream and fresh fruit, pavlova is a light and fluffy alternative to heavier cakes. Pavlova is a bit of an acquired taste, but you can pretty much guarantee it’s going to feature in every Christmas spread.
3. CHRISTMAS PUDDING
A borrowed tradition from our friends north of the equator, you either love it or hate it. We for one, are huge fans of this succelent dessert packed with dried fruits, and love the little kick of the booze (or big kick, if Nan or Aunt Helen was liberal with the brandy). Of course, coating it with plenty of custard makes for a wicked treat, especially when you start to get peckish at night and peruse the leftovers. Whether you’re yay or nay to this dessert, it doesn’t feel like Christmas without it. It’s literally in the name!
4.FRUIT, ESPECIALLY CHERRIES
Is there anything better with breaking down a big feed with some of the best fruit the universe has to offer? It’s the time of year when Australia’s famous mangoes and cherries are right in season, so a Christmas spread is not complete without fresh fruit. An elaborate fruit platter – probably brought by someone in your family who can’t cook – is the centrepiece of the Christmas desserts spread. Dare we say..it’s the cherry on top.
Chicken thighs? Lamb skewers? Mini steaks? Maybe you go full on Aussie and sizzle a few snags? And don’t forget your vege friends by offering a vegetarian option of zucchini fritters or cauliflower steak? However you do it, most families are definitely firing up the barbie on December 25.
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