Thursday, 17 December 2009

christmas food

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there are certain foods that you can really only eat with complete abandon at this time of the year. Atomatic mince pies, spicy booze-spiked eggnog and of course, the ubquitous Christmas ham are all fair game when it comes to indulging in a bit of festive excess.

Here are a few Sydney producers where you'll find the best Christmas offerings for the table.

1. Berkshire/Kurobuta Christmas Ham

Click here for details: Vics Meats

Providing some of Sydney and Melbourne's finest food establishments with top-knotch meat produce, there are few other butchers that truly know the beauty of the beast like Vic Puharich.

Buying an entire ham on the bone is probably something most families only do once a year, and whether you're planning on going the whole hog and glazing your own ham or not, if it's from Vics, it's Berkshire/Kurobuta pork - that rare breed of black pig bred for its richer flavour and beautiful marbling.

2. Mince Pies

Black Star Bakery
277 Australia St
Newtown, NSW, 2042

You might know Black Star Bakery for supplying Sydney with year-round access to their awesome Ginger Ninjas (chocolate coated gingerbread men) but they also do a great fruit mince pie $4.50 each especially for Santa season. Crumbly pastry, aromatic fruit mince

3. Pannetone

The Milanese may be proud of their stake as a fashion capital of the world, but this is also the town that invented that particular sweet, rasin and candied fruit studded brioche-like bread that is only made around this time of the year. Easter might have hot cross buns, but pannetone is SO much cooler. The best thing is that it lasts for it toasted. $25 to $40.

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