Category Archives: Christmas

Store a watermelon.

Big watermelons are a challenge.

Where do you keep them? They take a huge amount of fridge space and are heavy.

We lived in Esk a few years ago. A watermelon growing area. I miss buying huge watermelons for $2 at the farm gate.

A farmer told us this. Put the watermelon in a shady spot in the garden, until your ready to eat it.

We did this at Christmas a couple of weeks before we bought the watermelon popped it on some straw in the garden.

We didn’t eat it till about 10 days after Christmas.

The one in the photo I bought 10 days ago. From the back of a farmers ute. Very fresh.

I’m using it tonight for a family dinner.


Jamie Oliver’s Jerk Ham

This will be the 3rd Christmas in a row we’ve cooked Jamie’s Christmas recipes. The Jerk ham is my favourite.


I love my Christmas leg of ham. It starts here a full Leg and ends with the bone cooked into pea and ham soup.



My butcher cures their own Hams

Hinterland Choice Meats

Hinterland Choice Meats


8 Cloves Garlic

2 Onions cut into quarters

8 Scotch Bonnet Chillis seeds and all

Bay leaves
2 tbs cinnamon
2 tbs allspice
2tbs Nutmeg
1 tbs whole cloves

1tbs Sea salt
1tbs. Black Pepper

Bunch of thyme

125ml  Malt vinegar

Ham Skin peeled off and ScoredFood process into a paste. Don’t worry if it’s really hot because it’s just on the edges of the ham.

Because the ham is so large, I usually double the mixture. Any left over can be used with fish or chicken.

Peel skin off Ham
Criss cross ham all over

Pour over seasoning

Bake at 180 for 2 h0urs basting every 30 mins

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250ml Rum

Orange marmelade


Mix Marmelade and Rum together. Baste Ham every 5 -6 mins for another 30 mins. Until the coating is crisp and glazed.