Making a ham this Christmas and not sure how to glaze it? I have two delectable glaze recipes for you - a porter, honey and mustard glaze as well as a peach and mango glaze! How about what to serve with the ham? I have three of the easiest sides: crunchy glass potatoes with malt vinegar, a divine burrata with white peach and basil and honey butter glazed carrots!
Christmas is perhaps the most stressful time of the year. It's the culmination of that year's pressures, families and cramped work schedules. Also if I can offer some sort of relief in making Christmas easier it's with these easy ham glazes and sides.
One side is a burrata salad that takes all of 5 minutes to prepare and yet would seem it came from a restaurant (confession: I make this salad about once a week ever since I first tried it in LA). The other two sides are easy and produce gorgeously crunchy potatoes and the sweetest but simplest carrots ever.
Then there are the two ham glazes - one involves simply stirring ingredients together in a bowl while the other cooks on the stovetop for 5 minutes.
Last week I was chatting to a woman overseas about traditional Christmas dinners. I mentioned that a lot of people in Australia seem to do ham and that I liked it because it was one of the easiest items to serve. All it needs is a glaze and because it is already cooked, there's no trepidation about whether it is cooked through.
I used the award winning Woolworths Gold Triple Smoked Bone-in Half Leg Ham. The Gold range is my favourite at Woolworths because it really is top shelf in flavour and ingredients. This is a moist, succulent ham that is not overly salty and I love the light smoky flavour from the triple smoking over hickory wood and it is cured using South Australian salt.
I also bought some sweets to lighten the workload like the Woolworths Gold Ruby Chocolate Cheesecake that uses the naturally pink Ruby Chocolate that everyone is talking about, some Woolworths Summer Berry Fruit Mince Pies (these are SO good, I ate four of these!) and a sparkly Woolworths Gold Mocha Espresso Martini Flavoured Pudding with gold dust. This is a great version of the pudding as not everyone in my family likes fruit pudding and this is a chocolate pudding.
Video of how to make glazes and sides
Also while on this recent trip we went out for dinner one night. I hadn't booked the restaurant, the tourism board had arranged it for me and when I got there and told them my name there was a little bit of confusion as they searched for my booking.
"Let me loooook...," the maitre'd said scanning the list. I looked over her shoulder and saw my name as well as some notes written next to it. They were in large letters and curious, I leaned in to read the notes about me.
"Likes pretty cocktails and a glass of champagne," it read. I had to giggle. I mean that's quite true but I wouldn't have picked those things to say about myself. If anything a restaurant note might say "Most likely will steal a copy of the menu or ask for a booth," Or regarding Christmas and life in general, "Is likely to over cater and loves leftovers!"
So tell me Dear Reader, have you tried anything from the Woolworths Gold range? Are you doing a ham this year? And how would you describe yourself in two sentences?