“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
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)
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…
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.