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Christmas Version: Good Meals Australia


One thing somewhat particular for you as we speak – preview of the Good Meals Australia particular Christmas Version popping out tomorrow that includes unique new Christmas recipes!

Good Food Christmas Edition 2023
With JB for the Good Meals Christmas Version, in tomorrow’s Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (5 Dec 2023).

On the quilt of Good Meals with JB!

8 years in the past once I began this web site, by no means in one million years did I think about I’d be writing a publish like this. I imply, I began my profession as an auditor of all issues. PricewaterhouseCoopers alumni, proper right here!

And right here I’m as we speak, somewhat embarrassed, somewhat proud, and really disbelieving that RecipeTin’s Chef JB and I are on the quilt of Australia’s Good Meals for a particular Christmas Version which shall be revealed tomorrow (Tuesday fifth December 2023)!

The Good Meals Christmas Version

For these of you not in Australia, Good Meals is the all-things-restaurants-and-food arm of the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age newspapers (Melbourne), thought-about to be Australia’s most revered meals publication. I describe it because the Australian equal of New York Occasions Cooking.

The Good Meals is a carry out within the paper every Tuesday and can be on-line. I contribute a recipe every week for a collection known as “SOS” (which, because the title implies, are fast recipes for midweek insanity!) and as soon as a month I do a canopy story which includes a set of recipes.

And this month, it’s an enormous Christmas particular!! A menu of traditional Christmas recipes together with a never-before-seen sport altering turkey breast recipe created particularly for Good Meals by JB. My signature glazed ham, traditional trifle and a glowing new Christmas Roast Pumpkin Salad.

Right here’s somewhat preview of the unfold!

That turkey recipe is de facto particular. The key is a brine that not solely locks in juices (turkey is notoriously lean) but additionally infuses the flesh with stunning Christmassy flavours from edge to edge.

Then it’s roasted with a Christmas glaze that’s perfumed with vacation spices, so it comes out golden and sticky, and simply every thing you dream your Christmas turkey to be. The odor when it’s roasting is the odor of Christmas!

Behind the Scenes on the Shoot

And right here we’re on the shoot day. Whereas I do all of the images for my web site, the images of our recipes for Good Meals are completed by a workforce of pros in a meals images studio.

And… a well-known face!! I take Dozer all over the place with me….so is it any shock I snuck him right into a Christmas cowl shoot? In fact not! 😂

He was a superb supervisor for the day, guaranteeing the ground was impeccable always. Not a meals scrap to be seen.

And although Dozer was not particularly a part of the transient, there have been have been many, many images taken of him (at my insistence) with a secret hope that there’d be a large full-page picture of him within the paper……..

….however sadly, it appears a golden fur ball isn’t actually on level for a meals publication so his picture wasn’t fairly full web page. Slightly, a smaller inset. However he’s nonetheless in it!!!

In hindsight now, it was fairly wishful considering that this picture would make the entrance web page of a meals publication…😂

Photograph credit score: Rob Palmer

I’m so glad I used to be sporting a white gown that day. Made for sliding round on concrete flooring…..

Meet the shoot workforce!

I need to formally introduce you to the unbelievable workforce who’s been taking pictures our recipes all yr for Good Meals! Right here they’re:

Now we have:

  • Rob Palmer – One in all Australia’s finest meals photographers, an award successful one truly! Rob additionally did the necessary images (like the quilt and Dozer) for my cookbook.

  • Emma Knowles (proper) Meals stylist and recipe developer! I’ve been fan girding Emma’s work for so long as I can keep in mind, together with her days when she was a serious presence at Gourmand Traveller. In awe of her work. Makes meals look effortlessly stunning!

  • Theressa Klein (left) – Photograph Chef. Impeccably organised, swans by way of the cook dinner of huge desk spreads with out breaking right into a sweat and is aware of all of the methods of the commerce to make meals look wonderful, naturally.

We love working with this workforce. I name them the A-Crew, as a result of they’re the most effective of the most effective at what they do, with the bonus that they’re an absolute hoot to work with!


Huge shout-out to JB

And this publish wouldn’t be full with no large, public, splashy tank you to JB. Not just for his fabulous new turkey recipe (actually, that brine is every thing!), however his dedication and laborious work all all through this yr for the contributions we made to Good Meals.

Photograph credit score: Rob Palmer

In 2023, we produced over 50 recipes particularly for Good Meals. The schedule is large and complex, with quite a few stakeholders and tight turnaround occasions (print is hectic!). He’s been the driving pressure behind all our work with Good Meals, managing our work with the editorial and shoot groups, and with every thing else occurring in our enterprise, I do know I couldn’t have completed it with out him. He’s a gun with the knife, a machine within the kitchen and now he’s a cover-model Chef! It appears like a becoming approach to shut out our closing problem of Good Meals for 2023. 🙂

The place to get the Good Meals particular Christmas Version

The Good Meals Christmas Version is a carry out that shall be within the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers tomorrow, Tuesday fifth December 2023. The recipes are additionally on-line right here on the Good Meals web site. Although…I really like seeing the unfold in print!!

In the event you’re planning a turkey breast this Christmas, I actually hope you take a look on the recipe. It truly is particular. Turkey breast has by no means been so succulent!

And with that, we’re formally kicking off a collection of vacation recipes main as much as Christmas. I hope you’re keen on them as a lot as we do! – Nagi x


Lifetime of Dozer

We had an lovely Christmas onesy for him. Sadly, it was little small for him. 😔 So we needed to accept a boring Santa Hat.



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