For many years, the traditional Christmas luncheon has been dominated by European cuisine and a dash of American Hollywood.
Images of a glowing fireplace, the family dressed in their Christmas winter woollies while the snow gently falls outside the windows has been embedded in Western culture.
But what if you live in a country with a balmy Christmas climate?
Ultimately the reality of burning sun, drought, torrential flooding, blue skies and blowflies quickly destroys the fantasy of a white Christmas.
Therefore, you may not prefer to sit down to a heavy meal of roast meat, hot plum pudding and custard with lashings of warm eggnog.
So for those soon planning a Christmas luncheon, here is an alternative recipe idea with a summer twist.
Ice-cream Christmas Pudding
- 1 Lt chocolate ice cream
- 1 cup mixed glace fruit, chopped (cherries, apricots, pears)
- 90g sultanas
- 70g golden raisons
- 30mls dark rum
- Soften, but do not melt the ice cream.
- Add all the chopped glace fruits, dried fruits and rum.
- Mix in fruits until well combined.
- Pour into an oiled and cling wrap lined 1.5 Lt pudding mould.
- Freeze overnight.
- To unmold the pudding, briefly run the outside of the mould under warm water.
- Slice into individual portions and serve with Crème Fraiche and fresh raspberries