If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen… and pay someone else to do the prepping, basting, cooking and baking for you! From prepped turkeys and glazed hams to Christmas puddings and epic gingerbread houses, we’ve found the Brisbane shops making Christmas easy this year.
All you have to do is make the table look like a dream, pair the meal with some epic wines… and attempt to take the credit. Paying for it is sort of like making it, right?
You can easily save yourself three-plus hours in the kitchen by buying turkey breast that’s already stuffed and cooked. Tognini’s Gourmet Deli and Café in Milton is offering a range of turkeys stuffed with apple, dried cranberries, sage and ham in four different sizes, served whole or sliced. Place an order by December 20 and you can forget about stressing over the hero dish for your Christmas feast
Smoked Leg Ham
When you go into holiday mode, you seldom want to leave the house, and this is why Meat At Billy’s Butcher in Ashgrove is perfect! You can order your choice of double-smoked leg ham (whole or sliced), double-smoked boneless ham or green ham online until December 19. You can even get it delivered right to your door!
A tur-whatten? This festive hybrid bird is perfect for over-indulgent Christmas diners. Zone Fresh Gourmet Markets in Windsor is the home of the turducken specialists, offering a deboned turkey stuffed with a duck then stuffed with a chicken, filled with cranberry, chestnut and sage stuffing. Sounds amazing, right? Orders close on December 21; don’t miss out!
After some top-quality fresh seafood this Christmas? Head to the water, or at least the wharf... Portside Wharf, to be precise. Boutique retail seafood store Samies Fresh Seafood Market will have extended trade on Monday and Tuesday (December 21 and 22), with their doors open from 8am to 6pm. They’re also taking on 35 hours of continuous trade, starting from December 23 at 7am and going all the way to 6pm on Christmas Eve. Head online to fish for all your Christmas seafood needs.
Pudding, sugarplums and rum balls
If you feel like following the traditional dessert path this year, Judy C Cakes has you covered. Since it’s Christmas, the products all have a bit of booze in them and a tipsy guest might just believe you when you say you created this dessert masterpiece. You can buy sugarplums (Galliano and white chocolate truffle balls), chocolate rum balls (chocolate base with rum-soaked raisins), and traditional fruit pudding made with sherry-soaked fruit, and boiled in the cloth it’s served in. Orders are open until December 17 and sugarplums and rum balls can be picked up in-store until they close for Christmas.
Fruit mince tarts and fruitcake
You already know your family is filled with fruitcakes so “you are what you eat” can’t be too far off the mark. Celebrate your time together with Vanilla Pod’s delicious festive fruit mince pies and iced fruitcakes. Orders must be placed by Saturday, December 12, but if you miss the cut-off you’re not totally out of luck. Visit their Ascot Café in the lead-up to Christmas and take advantage of their in-store stock of all your Christmas favourites.
Gingerbread houses make great centrepieces and even better desserts. Emily’s Sweet Treat in Clayfield is stocking an impressive variety of ready-to-buy (and eat!) houses for your convenience until December 20. To avoid missing out or to pre-order a custom design, decoration or size, make sure you enquire as soon as possible with the patisserie café.
A pavlova is the crowning glory of any festive feast; don’t settle for a generic supermarket purchase this year. Chester Street Bakery will be running up until December 24 and they boast an impressive 48-hour turnaround on orders. Book yours now!
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