6:30pm – Wednesday, November 24 on ABC1
Whatever your beliefs or background, it’s hard not to get caught up in the Christmas spirit and that’s exactly what Poh and Chef Emmanuel Mollois are doing in the final episode of Poh’s Kitchen for 2010.
For Poh, Christmas is an opportunity to slow down a bit and spend time with family and friends. To begin the celebrations, Poh takes her nieces and nephews to a Christmas shop to buy some decorations for the tree.
Then it’s back home to catch up with the girls of the family and help with the Christmas preparations. “As a family, we’re a pretty diverse lot. On Christmas day, it’s not unusual to have a Buddhist sitting next to a Christian or a curry next to a ham, so it’s certainly never dull,” she says.
It’s certainly not dull back in her kitchen, where Poh makes a ‘Yuletide Chiffon Cake’. Full of traditional ingredients and served with Cr�me Anglaise and ice-cream, it makes a great alternative to the heavy Christmas plum pudding. For Emmanuel, this time of year is all about chocolate and he whips up a traditional French ‘Christmas Log’, filled with vanilla bavarois, chocolate mousse and nut brittle. it would be hard to refuse either of these two wonderful desserts. No matter, how much turkey you’ve had.
Roast turkey is the traditional Christmas fare across many cultures, but as Emmanuel discovers when he visits Poh’s butchers, Jason and Bill, there are several other alternatives available today. One of these is the ‘Turducken’, a chicken inside a duck, inside a turkey! Roasts of nested birds have been around for centuries, but this variation first appeared in the United States in the mid 1980s and has become increasingly popular at Thanksgiving. It is catching on fast in Australia.
However you celebrate Christmas, all of us at Poh’s Kitchen hope you have a safe and happy one and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Poh’s Kitchen will be repeated on ABC2 – Thursday, November 25 at 6:00pm