Monday Meal Ideas: CHRISTMAS entertaining & cooking

You guys, it’s almost here. I still haven’t started any shopping, maybe this will be the week (it better be) and this time next week it will be Christmas Eve. Sheesh. We still have a bit to get through this week…school until Wednesday (heaven help us ALL), Melbourne cousins staying on Tuesday night, hopefully an escape to the beach and then on Sunday we head to my brother’s place for a few days over Christmas. It’s going to be manic, all of it. And wonderful. And exhausting. Much like Christmas every year….bring it ON.

Here’s my full list of Christmas cooking ideas for you all. From cocktails to canapés to starters, hams and dessert, I have got you covered in this JACKPOT of Christmas entertaining.


Campari Mojito
Christmas Prosecco cocktail
Rosemary and lemon vodka cocktail
Hendricks with cucumber, dill & lime
Rhubarb syrup cordial
Aperol Spritz with a twist


Baked Camembert
Home made crisp bread (with hommus & chorizo crumb)
5 Vegetarian canapes
How to build a festive platter
Deconstructed pumpkin salad
Roasted vege shortcuts
Chilli tuna dip with dukkah
Cheat ladies lunch ideas with lots of canapés 
Pork & chorizo sausage rolls
Spinach & fetta Triangles 


Salt & Pepper Squid
Salmon with cucumber & dill
Smoked Salmon Stacks
Mango & Prawn Salad
Smoked Salmon Pasta


Quinoa Salad
How to make bread rolls
Two Festive sides
Make ahead gravy
Risoni Salad
Spring super salad
Potato salad with hot smoked salmon & dill
Lebanese Summer salad (fattoush)
Brussel sprouts
Thai chicken noodle salad
Butternut pumpkin, eggplant, rocket & quinoa salad
Charred marinated fennel
Roasted broccoli
Master class: Gravy, Red wine jus, stock & how to carve a chicken
Thai Style BBQ Chicken Salad
Bearnaise sauce 


Pork Rib Roast in the Weber
Slow cooked lamb shoulder
Slow cooked pork shoulder
Pork Belly
Slow roasted lamb
Salmon en Croute
Whole salmon cooked in salt
Maggie Beer double marinated lamb
Thai chilli roast chicken
Standing pork roast
Moules Frites
Ottolenghi’s One pot roast chicken with dates & capers
Chinese Lemon Chicken 
How to Glaze a Leg Ham


Christmas fruit cake
Strawberry & lemon curd pavlova
Lemon Meringue Pie
Simple pavlova recipe
Lemon curd
Apple & caramel crumble
Sticky Date Pudding
Pavlova canapés size
Sultana cookies
Bitter orange cake with candied fennel
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Baked Cheesecake


  1. HA! Was just wondering what that delicious looking dessert was in the top row on the right. Then I realised it was a stick of butter. Mmm…. butter.

  2. Linda Jenkins says

    This is so helpful Beth – presents are done so my focus this week is sorting the food out and then facing the shops to get all of the yummy things. We are also on baby alert as my daughter is due in less than 4 weeks ! Thanks for all that you share with us each year and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Delicious ideas Thanks Beth!
    Love mx

  4. Hi Beth,
    Just a quick thank you for these recipes and ideas. I made the salmon and dill entree for our family Christmas Day dinner. It was the perfect light start to the huge meal which followed. In fact it was so delicious, I’m going to make it again for NY Eve with a slightly different guest list. Winning. Happy New Year.

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