From the Editor



Are you the type of person who can't wait to get the decorations up and the turkey in the oven (I know someone who hides a sparkly reindeer somewhere in the living room in early September, she gets so excited about Christmas!) Or perhaps your dream is to borrow Dorothy's red shoes, click your heels three times and only come back when Christmas is all over. Whichever camp you fit into, this time of year is for sharing moments. With family scattered over both hemispheres, for me it's also a time when I miss those dear to me who I won't be seeing this summer. But that's one of the many reasons food is so integral to this time of year. It's wonderful to sit down with friends and family and tuck into fresh prawns, cranberry cocktails and of course our favourite pavlova (if you haven't given the pina colada pavlova in the current issue on page 113 a go yet, I can tell you - you're missing a taste sensation), but sometimes a bite of a warm mince pie, or the ham glaze you've loved forever, trigger a memory of Christmases gone by that warm the heart. Food is a sensory gift that keeps on giving, which is why we have taken so much care with the recipes in this seasonal issue. Whether you're in need of a taste of the traditional, you're creating your own new traditions or you just want a quiet but delicious meal for a much smaller table, there's a recipe for you. With a special Christmas menu for diabetes sufferers and some healthy options for those who want to go guilt-free this summer, I hope you love the delights in this issue, and I wish you all a happy, safe and delicious Christmas and New Year. Enjoy! Happy cooking!

Catherine Milford, Editor

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