Getting Festive

It’s getting close to Christmas and the end of the year and, for most Australians, that means either celebrating Christmas or perhaps just celebrating the beginning of a new year.

Before we get to a wonderful recipe for you to try out… a few tips:

It is easy to forget the impact that festivities can have on our rental property – increased number of visitors and guests, home decorations, Christmas lights and trees, etc.

When looking at putting up Christmas decorations – stay clear of sticky tape to put up tinsel, balloons or Christmas cards to your walls, doors or other fixtures as tape can often pull off paint and leave marks on the walls.

And – be mindful of the Christmas tree too!  If you like a freshly cut authentic tree in a pot – make sure that you have something waterproof underneath the pot to stop the floor or carpeting getting damaged.  A knocked over pot full of potting mix can also damage carpet and be difficult to clean and you don’t want to be paying for carpet cleaning or carpet replacement due to your family fun.

Christmas tree lights can be a fire hazard – particularly when left on overnight or when you are out.  Make sure that you turn them off – burning lights and synthetic materials do not mix well.

If you are lighting candles – make sure that they are in containers that adequately catch the candle wax.  Wax can be very damaging to varnished floors, table tops and other materials. 

But enough of the cautionary tales!  Christmas and the End of the Year are times to enjoy with good friends and your family.  It is a time for sharing stories, good times and lots of food!  A big roast lunch complete with all the trimmings is synonymous with Christmas and this is the best way to get the perfect roast potatoes. 

Perfect Festive Potatoes

  • Boil peeled and halved (or quartered if very large) potatoes for approx. 15 min in salted water.
  • Scratch the surface of the potatoes with a fork.
  • Place Potatoes in an oven proof baking dish with lashings of duck fat (for maximum taste and crunch) or other oil and a good healthy sprinkling of rock salt.
  • Bake on high heat (at the top of the oven) for about 30 mins.
  • Take the potatoes out of the oven and lightly push down on them with a potato masher to release a little of the soft inside of the potatoes.
  • Stir the potatoes around in the fat, add a few Rosemary leaves and return to oven to roast for a further 10 mins until ultra crispy.

Enjoy your holidays and make the most of time with loved ones!