Hooray! It’s holiday season. By definition, this should be a relaxing time of the year, however the lead up to Christmas is often the most chaotic. Madly scrambling to finish off those ‘important’ bits and pieces at work while coping with (or shutting out) terrifying thoughts of all the Christmas shopping that still remains undone and the ensuing onset of stress-induced hyperventilation (I find wine helps immensely in these situations).
Preparing for the Christmas dinner seems to generate the most amount of stress (more so than thinking of a suitable gift for the in-laws – I find wine helps immensely in these situations – or ways to creatively package up yet another supply of socks and undies for dad).
In my family, Christmas dinner is a casual collection of cold meats and salads. This is attributed to the fact that most of my family Christmases take place in country Queensland and the notion of cooking a humongous turkey, in the middle of the desert in December, is ludicrous.
But the truth is, I would rather cook the turkey. I find preparing salads (especially multiple ones) an arduous endeavour and I am rubbish at keeping them simple. I find it hard to resist the temptation to dress them up with complicated sauces and garnishes or to throw in some exotic seasonal fruits…and all anyone in my family ever wants is a slice of beetroot and some creamy goop out of a plastic tub (I find wine helps immensely in these situations).
It has taken many years, but I have finally managed to keep my Christmas salads (relatively) simple. Two I always serve up at the Christmas table are my homemade Fennel Coleslaw and BBQ Potato Salad. My versions of these classics are not only healthy, but also simple to prepare and very versatile. Perfect for a casual, alfresco Christmas dinner or a summer barbie!