Recipes: A three course Christmas lunch by Canberra’s best chefs

Posted 13 Dec 2018

Story by CBR Canberra

Christmas lunch is the most highly anticipated meal of the year. To help make your meal memorable, three of Canberra’s best chefs have created the ultimate three-course menu.

With a burgeoning collection of local cookbooks to gain inspiration from, it can be hard to decide which recipes should feature on your Christmas lunch menu. The Cupping Room, Food to Give and Sweet Bones are sharing their favourite Christmas recipes from their cookbooks with the Canberra community to make your festive feast unforgettable.

Entree – Delight in colourful flavours with the Cupping Room

A great meal starts with a great entree. As colourful as it is flavourful, this dukkah cauliflower and heirloom vegetable salad will have your guests asking for the recipe. The Cupping Room Cookbook is full of delicious recipes which will take you on a culinary journey.

The Cupping Room Cookbook can be purchased at The Cupping Room, Canberra Region Visitors Centre, Paperchain Bookstore, Dymocks (Canberra Centre), Essential Ingredient and


Main – A new take on traditional turkey with Food to Give

The Food to Give Cookbook is part of a community initiative to raise funds to support those in need of care. With the generosity of local sponsors, 100% of the sale of this book will go to the Canberra Hospital Foundation and in particular, the Wellness Centre. Try a new take on the traditional turkey lunch with their recipe for pistachio turkey koftas with mint sauce.

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F and line a baking tray with baking paper. Heat coconut oil in a frypan over low to medium heat and cook onion and garlic for 4 minutes.

Place in a bowl with turkey mince, egg, oats, zucchini, pistachios, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, mint, parsley and lemon. Mix well and shape into 3 tablespoon sized patties.

Heat extra coconut oil in a pan and fry koftas on both sides then place on baking tray and finish cooking in the oven for 7-10 minutes. Poke koftas onto a skewer for eating (optional) and serve a salad, minted yoghurt and yellow capsicum sauce.


The Food to Give Cookbook can be purchased from the Canberra Hospital Foundation – main foyer of the Canberra Hospital until 21 December. You can also call the Canberra Hospital Foundation on 5124 2963 to order your copy.


Dessert – Enjoy a sweet treat from Sweet Bones

Since opening their vegan cafe and bakery in Braddon in 2011, the team behind Sweet Bones have established a strong following. No frills whole foods is their motto and they’ve just launched a cookbook. Enjoy this recipe for one of Sweet Bones’ most popular items – Cinnabons.

You can grab a copy of the Sweet Bones: The Cookbook at Paperchain Bookstore (Manuka), Essential Ingredient (Kingston), Dymocks (Canberra Centre), The Cruelty Free Shop (Braddon), Barrio (Braddon), and the Canberra Region Visitors Centre (Regatta Point).


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