Every Christmas lunch needs a centrepiece and more often than not there's more than one vying for attention. But a good ham is indispensible and there's no better leftover than baked ham.
You'll need a massive pot - about 20 litres - for this baked ham recipe, but it's fine to leave the shank sticking out a little. Alternatively, you can use a smaller or boneless ham but just need to reduce the poaching time, to about 45 minutes.
A strong coffee starts the day while unwrapping gifts and finishes it with thin slices of panforte. Before lunch, champagne usually finds its way to me in the kitchen. We'll start with crisp Tassie riesling and racy Mornington 2011 chardonnay and have Beaujolais and cellar surprises with the main. With sweets, it's strawberry-scented Brachetto from northern Italy.
* On Tuesday December 4 Karen Martini conducted a live Q & A session with readers. For her tips on Christmas cooking, go to the comments section below.