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Very DOWN UNDER AIP Christmas Recipes

December 6, 2017

AIP Christmas

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.”
― George Carlin

This year, I won’t be heading home to New Zealand for Christmas. Instead, my sister and I have convinced Mum and Dad to come to us, for a very Sydney Chrissie.

I can’t wait!

My sister, Becky, and I have come up with a shared list of what we want to have ready for the Christmas table and we’ve divvied up jobs (thank goodness for sisters!). Becky is being very Australian about our starters with shellfish planned – prawns and scallops grilled on the barbie. But then, we’re having ham and turkey and all the (summer) trimmings with some fancy-schmancy salads and, my Dad will get his favourite duck fat roasted potatoes, too.

When we were growing up, Mum was famous for her Zuppe Inglese dessert number, a kind of Italian cake trifle (very similar to this one!) In a moment of weakness, I promised my sister that I would experiment with a grain-free, dairy-free version of Mum’s Frankham-family Christmas dessert, so that’s one of my jobs. (If you’re wondering, I’ll be adapting heavily from the wonderful Jenni Hulet’s ‘My Paleo Patisserie: An Artisan Approach to Grain Free Baking‘). If it’s any good, I’ll post a pic’ on my Instagram feed for your viewing pleasure!

The nice thing about having my parents come to us for Christmas is that Mum won’t have to worry herself with all the preparations and craziness that comes from having us all descend on her. And, to be fair, our combined food challenges must add to the stress of all that this entails – gluten-free this, dairy-free that, no nightshades for this one, no shell fish for him…

This year, we’re doing the preparation!

The thing is, my Mum aces Christmas. Really. She’s really good at it. REALLY good.

Kind of big shoes to fill.

So, I’m working on not over-cooking things too much. Not whipping myself into a tizzy.

And, part of this not stuff is going with things that I already know meet my dietary needs and taste great!

Enter my “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S AIP” Christmas Mince

JFC AIP Christmas Mince

One of the things my Mum is really famous for is her Christmas fruit-mince pies (or, tarts, depending on where you grew up). They are so, so good!

But, Mum’s recipe calls for a whole bunch of un-AIP ingredients. Things like alcohol and nuts and forbidden spices and extra sugar! So, I fiddled and jiggled with the recipe until my “I Can’t Believe it’s AIP” Christmas Mince version of Mum’s Christmas mince was born.

It’s good (even if I do say so myself!)

Small admission – this stuff is like crack. I have been known to take a spoon to the fridge for a sneaky spoonful (or five)

AIP Fruit Mince Pies

What do you do with all that lovely-jubbly AIP-friendly Christmas fruit-mince?

You make VERY Merry AIP Christmas Mince Pies, of course!

These little beauties – my Very Merry AIP Christmas Mince Pies are good enough to make you forget that you’re on an elimination diet!

When I eat them, I’m immediately transported back to my childhood in New Zealand…

A very down under christmas

And, if you’ve got some of that tutti-fruity Christmas mince leftover, why not create a very Down Under Ice Cream Christmas Pudding? I reckon wee individual puddings would work a treat, too.

It’s the perfect sweet number for those of us in warmer climates (or, for those of you who wish you were…!)

The best thing about this baby is that you can whip it up and pop it in the freezer a few days before you need it. That means more time to enjoy sitting around the table with friends and family.

Whatever you are doing for the festive season, I wish you a safe and happy holiday!

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  • Felicity December 6, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Have a wonderful Christmas Jo with all your family and thanks so much for all your support and the fun times during this year!

    • Joanna Frankham December 6, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Lovely Felicity! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Kiwi Chrissie (with LOTS of flowering Pohutukawas!) Here’s to 2018 being the best year yet for you. Hope to see more of you. X

  • Megan December 12, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Joanna, this all sounds wonderful, for now I’ve saved this for later as I am on not only AIP but also low histamine diet that limits things even more. The ice-cream pud looks delicious. Thank you for creating the recipes and including links to Aussie websites…. have a wonderful week… Megan

    • Joanna Frankham December 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Megan – thatnks so much for your message.

      Low histamine can be a little tricky when coupled with AIP, can’t it?

      Wishing you and your family a wonderful SUNNY Chrissie 🙂

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