Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Battle Christmas Bulge; Hot Roast Meals in the Scorching Summer Replaced by Healthier, Simpler Choices

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Battle Christmas Bulge; Hot Roast Meals in the Scorching Summer Replaced by Healthier, Simpler Choices

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Byline: Kieran Banks kieran.banks@qt.com.au

THE roast turkey that was once a staple of the Ipswich Christmas dinner has been replaced by simpler and healthier meals.

When the term Christmas goodies is bandied around, the phrase, aI have to watch my weighta, doesnat have to follow.

Chef Jan Wood said the days of slaving away in a hot kitchen on a typically scorching Christmas Day are over a if you want them to be.

Cold platters easily assembled in 15 minutes are proving to be a popular option if tradition can be put to one side.

Ms Wood has more than 30

years experience in the catering business said Christmas meals could still be healthy and tasty without hours of preparation.

The Christmas meal has evolved throughout Ms Woodas time in the industry.

aItas almost gone from fine dining to a more relaxed kind of eating,a she said.

aPeople think roast turkey, but itas too hot in these conditions, and if they can get away from that and do shared platters, you can prevent heating up the whole house. …

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