Editor's Note

From the custom of using oil at Hanukkah to the Mexican tradition of putting a baby Jesus figurine in a wreath of bread, and the carefully prepared dishes of Oshogatsu, or Japanese New Year, we zero in on the celebratory food of six different cultures. We also discover sweet treats from around the world that will make delicious edible gifts. If a leg of ham is essential to your festive table, Matthew Evans has this covered in his simple Christmas menu.

Alix Davis

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Features in this issue

In the kitchen: Filipino

Cuisine from the Philippines has evolved over centuries to include a diverse array of dishes – from pinakbet to paella – that fuse the best flavours from the east...

At the table: Festive

It’s that time of the year again. Whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah or festivities to welcome the New Year, families and loved ones around the world come...

From the farm: Christmas

The warmer months bring longer days, a burst of growth and all the excitement of Christmas to Puggle Farm. Here, Matthew shares a simple festive menu to ensure...

Celebrate: Italian family lunch

When Nicola Cerrone’s family gathers together for lunch at their Bowral home, it’s a feast of traditional, home-style Abruzzese and Sicilian dishes.
This Ukrainian poppy seed cake is dense, but it’s not as rich as other eastern European cakes. It holds a special place in my heart because it evokes many memories.

Ingredient 101: Banana blossom

It is likely that banana blossoms, also known as 'banana flowers’ or 'banana hearts', were first eaten before the banana fruit, which, when first discovered,...

Relish

This spice mix that is used in tandoor cooking has the distinctive taste and smell of ground kala namak. This is an Indian black salt which tastes slightly bitter...
This is a favourite Thai dish packed with aromatic flavours like ginger, coriander, basil and kaffir lime leaves. For soft pillowy dumplings, take care not to...
The soy broth or renkon no netsuke is made from dashi stock and dried fish like bonito flakes to form a sea flavoured stock. You can find lotus root, sake and...
This simple recipe for marinated grilled prawns is the perfect fuss-free dish to serve up at any festive gathering.
Poppy seeds are often viewed as a symbol of fertility and prosperity in the Ukraine. Sonia Keda shares her recipe for this dense poppy seed cake which is usually...
On their own, banana blossoms are can be slightly bitter, but when added to this south Indian dry curry, the crunchy, creamy-coloured bracts take on all the...