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Bloody Mary prawn cocktail

Bloody mary prawn cocktail

Adam Liaw This grown-up salad-style prawn cocktail is the perfect start to your Christmas feast. Add some sliced red chillies if you want a spicier kick.

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White Xmas parfait

White Christmas parfait

Dan Lepard This pudding - in the grand tradition of Australian iced Christmas desserts - can be made a week ahead, sliced straight from frozen, and gets an evocative mix of childhood and adult flavours bang-on.

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Dunkin' double chocolate hazelnut biscuits

Lyndey Milan These are really a chocolate shortbread, perfect for dunking on their own.

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Pea, soybean and mint soup

Warm weather pea, soybean and mint soup

Frank Camorra Light, refreshing summer soups are a favourite in my house.

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Chia and coconut yoghurt

JILL DUPLEIX Crunchy like poppy seeds when dry, and slippery like sago when they have absorbed up to 10 times their volume in liquid, chia seeds are gluten-free power bombs of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fibre, with more anti-oxidants than blueberries.

Roast chicken, avocado and rustic grain salad

Roast chicken, avocado and rustic grain salad.

NEIL PERRY This smart, substantial salad has a great texture and makes a perfect lunch with its mix of grains and greens. You can use any grains you like: spelt, barley or even boiled white rice.