a few of my favourite things {december 2011} and a giveaway!


We've just moved house and now have two gorgeous big mango trees in our back yard! While I unpack my kitchen, here's a few little festive links that have caught my eye lately. Also, it seems the Martha Goes Green girls got their wires crossed as I ended up receiving two calendars in the post, a few days apart! Rather than posting it back to them, or claiming it for myself I thought I'd ask if I could give it away to one of you, my dear readers as a little bit of a late Christmas treat! So with the permission of Rosie that's exactly what I'm going to do, I'm happy to post to anywhere in the world...

To enter: leave a comment here between today, Friday 16th December and Sunday 25th December telling me what food you are most looking forward to eating this Christmas. No anonymous entries as I will need some way of notifying you if you win. One comment per person and I will select a winner via random.org. That's it! Good luck...

green decorating & wrapping ideas.
* Christmas desserts (via gourmet traveller)
* vegan holiday recipes
* love this song
* Gourmet Travellers favourite dishes of 2011. I like the sound of the  Violet ice-cream, chocolate ganache, sour cherry with clove meringue from Cutler & Co., Melbourne
* 66 things you can grow in containers, without a garden.

* black sticky gingerbread recipe, not gluten-free but sounds amazing!
* I would love these santa 🙂
* and this too while you are at it...

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    boomerang jane
    December 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I'm most looking forward to eating my Mums hit roast lunch. No matter if it's 45 degrees, we always enjoy the love that she puts into her cooking to make it taste so great.

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    December 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Christmas = trifle for me BUT it has to be the way Mum makes it (no alcohol) and it's even better the next day for breakfast 😮

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    December 17, 2011 at 12:59 am

    I am really looking forward to stumbling upon a christmas party that has meringues, berries and cream thus getting my eggy fix while Justin distracts Otis Haha! Hey I was looking through Stphanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion the other day and was reading about Mango's and thought of you Emma, have you heard about their fruit fly issues? I can email you the blurb if you want? xx

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    leaf (the indolent cook)
    December 17, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Ha, crossed wires… that's how my first giveaway came about, too! And congratulations on your new place with the lovely mango trees.

    This Christmas, my parents are visiting, so I'm looking forward to eating whatever they want to eat, can't ask for more! 😀

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    December 17, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Mara~ Would love to read the blurb, email it through, thanks! Xx

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    December 17, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Looking forward to some smoked salmon on cucumber rounds and duck with orange sauce

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    December 17, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I'm looking forward to barbequing heaps of fresh summer veg from the market on friday night to make bright summery kebabs! and christmas mushrooms with red and green pesto. aaaand the big fruit salad and pav thay are part of all kiwi/aussie christmas'.

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    Katharyn Henderson
    December 17, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I'm looking forward to a gorg salad filled with delich' tomatoes, cucumber, beans and ROCKET (esp the rocket) grown from our own garden and although Caleb is my major inspiration and motivation you and your skills always intrigue and delight me into practice too!! thank you!! merry xmas and happy new year to you and all the whanau xoxo Katharyn

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    December 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Not sure where I'll find it… but an apple pie! That's my favourite festival food. Yum! Thanks for the chance! xx m.

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    December 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Some wonderful cookies!

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    December 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks for all your comments so far, it's making me hungry reading all your Christmas food ideas
    🙂 Hey I've had a couple of comments on my facebook page about people not being sure how to comment. For those of you who may have never commented before (it does take a little bit of getting your head around initially)I've written instructions here


    Or if you are still having trouble, email me your comment and I will add it along with your name if you want to be in the draw for the calendar xx

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    Vicki Greetis
    December 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Fresh berries from the farm down the road and vanilla icecream:)

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    December 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    home made fudge

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    Lynley Rogerson
    December 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Summer salads with yummy christmas ham.

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    December 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks, Emma, for sharing a few of your favorite things!!! As boring as this may sound, this Christmas I am MOST looking forward to eating a traditional Christmas feast and of course enjoying the variety of delicious teas, cocoa's and sparkling cider's that traditionally accompany all this wonderful food!!!

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    December 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I'm looking forward to my grandma's plum pudding (it's her grandmother's recipe!), and pavlova on Boxing Day.

    All the best with unpacking and have a great Christmas! 🙂

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    JJ @ 84thand3rd
    December 18, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Sauce and Stuffing – it wouldn't be fair to choose between them! Enjoy your mangoes and have a very Merry Christmas!

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    Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free
    December 18, 2011 at 4:13 am

    My favorite to look forward to is Chocolate Potato Cake. Merry Christmas to you all!

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    December 18, 2011 at 6:04 am

    chocolate potato cake sounds delicious!

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    The InTolerant Chef
    December 18, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I ordered a "lamb ham" from out friendly butcher for those in my family who can't eat pork. I'll glaze it with pomegranate molasses and serve with a pomegranate mint sauce,yummo!
    Hope you have a merry and delicious Christmas!

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    Andre Ngapo
    December 18, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Mmmm – I might make one of your famous orange almond cakes and dream about my beautiful wahine in India while I'm eating it!

    Cool photo of the cutlery Emm =)

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    December 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Thanks Andre, a little moment while packing up that was too pretty not to capture 🙂
    Enjoy your chrissy, I hope Grace got off okay? Xx

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    jacquie from canada
    December 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    we always have oyster soup on christmas eve,and i make enough for lunch the next day,a tradition from my mom's side.When we were kids we used to have a steak and eggs xmas morning,i don't do that anymore though.Great idea emm!!

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    December 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

    The menu was all planned but since the weather has gone quite cold I am going to have to re plan. Tomorrow I have the afternoon off s that is what I shall do….nothing like last minute hey! A little mooch round the sops to see what produce looks nice.

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    Couscous & Consciousness
    December 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

    The thing I'm most looking forward to eating is the dessert I'm planning to make for Xmas Day – a rolled coconut pavlova filled with mincemeat ice cream.

    I'm very envious of your mango trees.

    Have a lovely Xmas.
    Sue xo

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    December 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Oh where do I start!? We are lucky enough to be spending Christmas with a chef and other foodies in our family… I'm most looking forward to eating both desserts on the menu (being the sweet tooth I am) – a traditional Nigel Slater steamed pudding with thickened cream, and from the chef – lemon posset served with home made orange and poppy seed brandy snaps and strawberries macerated in thyme and rosewater.
    What's on the menu at your place Emma?

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    December 21, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Oh wow Rach you lucky thing! Your desserts sound AMAZING! To be honest I have no idea what we are eating at Christmas yet! (I know, what?) it's been decided at the very last second that Si's family are all coming over to our new (perfect for entertaining) house, everyone's bringing a plate and we will have a bbq of some sort, Si's mum is an amazing cook so I have no doubt it will be a great feast. I'm thinking I'll take care of desserts (fellow sweet tooth), maybe including a gluten-free coconut, mango, raspberry trifle if I find the time?! Have a beautiful day xx

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    paula @ podand3peas
    December 21, 2011 at 2:41 am

    one word for christmas day dessert, trifle !! i made the cherry compote for it today 🙂

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    Rob Gillard
    December 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

    My Terry's Chocolate Orange.. an english treat, individual segment shapes of orange flavoured chocolate (jaffa?) It used to arrive from Santa in the UK as a child, but now it's wrapped up under the tree from my step daughters.
    Hope you, hubby and the kids have a wonderful Christmas day.

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    Tracey Hunter
    December 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Hoping for a nice day here back in NZ so looking forward to fresh cherries and a trusty old pavlova covered in strawberries and cream! Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas 🙂

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    Laura Friendly
    December 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Welcome to your new home Emma!
    Have a Merry Christmas. 🙂

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    Cass @foodmyfriend
    December 22, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I have a real thing for silverware… I don't know what it is. I love this shot of yours though 🙂

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    Cass @foodmyfriend
    December 22, 2011 at 3:12 am

    OH, and I'm most looking forward to seeing my whole family together! It's so hard to get everyone in one place at any other time. I find with 8 brothers, cocktails bring us together. Hehe. Merry Christmas!

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    December 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Grace and I would like to eat a delicious bacteria free metre long Masala Dosa (we will share), but best of all we will have it take away on the banks of the Ganga River, listening to the sweet chanting of the surrounding ashrams evening aratis in Rishikesh.

    From Hannah

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    December 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Oh my! What am I most looking forward to eating this Christmas? Food in general: but also my Grandma's, to narrow it down a bit. Any and all. Her fruit gelatin, her stuffing, piles of her simple yet delicious vegetables.

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    December 23, 2011 at 1:01 am

    @Hannah~ Oh wow, how much do I wish I could be there with you and Grace eating Masala Dosa!!! Enjoy love and give that Miss Graceful a huge hug from me xxx

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    December 25, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Doesn't Hanna's lunch sound superb!
    Now that the day is here I know what I'm having.
    Indiviual smoked semi dried tomato, ligurian olive and fetta quiche's, with a rocket salad from our garden and to follow calypso mango kulfi.

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