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DECEMBER 2019 ISSUE 21 FREE

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CHRISTMAS CHEER BEAUTY ◆ WELLBEING ◆ FOOD ◆ TRAVEL ◆ SOCIAL SCENE


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Decembeard Raising awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer

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Harmonise Start the new year on the right foot

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Buy from the Bush Bringing outback style to the city and helping out

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Cheesecake Fun recipes to make

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Cocktails Liven up your christmas party drinks

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IN THE KNOW: The team at Ella Bache Dalby has great advice for summer beauty routines.

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YOUR SUMMER LOOK SUMMER’S arrival might mean it’s time to make a few adjustments to your make-up routine. With this in mind, Style has a few options for you during the hotter months. TINTED MOISTURISER

If you don’t want heavy coverage, but rather a summery, natural look, tinted moisturiser is a good option. Tinted moisturiser is designed for women who aren’t interested in foundation and want to keep their look natural. It can also complement a foundation. When choosing your foundation, you are going to come up with two choices – liquid and powder. Liquid foundation is often a good choice because it can give more of a natural appearance and provides moisture for those with dry skin. Powder can be good for those with oily skin, as it will absorb oil from the face and reduce shine. Powder is often lighter than its liquid counterpart – something to keep in mind if you don’t want heavy make-up.

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When you’ve applied your liquid foundation, an alternative to reduce shine is finishing powder, which will help set make-up.

FOUNDATION

There are times when the best option is to go with a foundation, especially because there is a broader range of tones available. Before applying foundation, it is important to apply a primer, particularly in summer months.

PRIMER

Primer is a base to use before applying foundation. It will keep make-up in the right place, which can be a problem, particularly in hotter weather. Primer is often a gel and gives a nice surface to apply foundation to.

BB CREAM

If you want to step beyond a tinted moisturiser, BB cream is a good option. This will give more coverage than the moisturiser but is not as thick as a foundation. BB cream will offer plenty of skincare benefits including SPF and antioxidants.

CC CREAM

CC cream is similar to BB cream, but can help with dry skin and redness. CC stands for colour corrective. CC cream will also usually have SPF. Any of these products can be used as a base for foundation. It means you may be able to apply less foundation while using them.

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DRESS FOR YOUR PERSONAL SHAPE All forms and body shapes are beautiful so highlight the features you love

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t can sometimes be difficult to find outfits that you love, are comfortable, and don’t make you look like a sack of flour or an oddly-shaped creature. The key here is to know your body shape, and know how to best dress for it. There are five core body shapes; though, of course, they can vary within the basic guidelines. All forms and body shapes are beautiful in their own right, and once you know how to ‘dress for your shape’, you will be able to highlight the features you love. Over the next five issues of Style, we’ll show you how to do this and what clothing works best with each individual body type. First, however, you’ll need to figure out what body type sounds like you.

THE RECTANGLE

Also known as the athletic-shaped body. You’re most likely to be this shape if your shoulder and hip widths are nearly the same and your waist isn’t very small or defined. Weight is relatively even in distribution over your whole body. Most women with the rectangle shaped body wouldn’t consider themselves particularly curvy.

THE PEAR

One of the most well-known body shapes, it’s also known as the triangle shape. This means your hips are wider than your shoulders, and your waist may be wider than your bust as well. Most women with the pear shaped body will have fuller hips and bottom.

First, figure out your body type.

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THE HOURGLASS

Another well-known body shape, it can also be described as curvy. Your bust and hips are roughly the same width, and your waist is quite defined. Chances are, you’ll also have a full bust, hips and thighs. Fun fact: In the past, women wore tight corsets to force their body into having a defined waist as the hourglass shape was so envied.

THE INVERTED TRIANGLE

This body shape is probably better envisioned through calling it an ‘apple’. Generally well-proportioned, the inverted triangle is pretty close to the hourglass but without the definition in the waist. Your shoulders will probably be wider than your hips as well, and your hips won’t be super curvy.

THE OVAL

If you have this shape, chances are your bust will be larger than any other feature of your body. With narrow hips and a full midsection, your waist is less defined and your legs are slender. Some oval variants have a bust and shoulders that are much the same width, or a little more curve in the very upper leg before tapering. Each shape has its own point-of-pride, just as people have different favourite features of their bodies. In the upcoming editions of Style we will look at what is typically the highlight feature of each body shape, and what you can wear to show it off best. In the meantime, why not have some fun and see if you can figure out the shape profile of your friends and family as well?

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BROWS OF A FEATHER Tattooed eyebrows are a time-saving but expensive option

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ara Delevingne reset the scene when it came to full, statement eyebrows and ever since, women the world over have been striving to emulate them. And while achieving this look every day is possible with a trusty eyebrow brush and pencil, the longevity of the final product and time it takes to achieve can prove quite the deterrent. Thankfully, this is where the newest beauty trend of eyebrow feathering comes in. Promising picture-perfect, head-turning eyebrows every day with minimal upkeep, eyebrow feathering is one beauty trend worth considering. Also known as microfeathering, feather touch brows and feather tattoo eyebrows, eyebrow feathering is a cosmetic procedure that uses a precise blade to create the look of individual hairs to fill in sparse brows. A dye is applied over the top and absorbs into the incisions. The end result is striking, natural-looking brows that are gap-free and best of all, semi-permanent. And while it is hard not to get whipped into a frenzy over new beauty trends that seem to hold all of the answers for our time-poor lives, it is important to weigh up the pros and cons of such trends before embarking on the procedure yourself.

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Timesaver This particular benefit needs little explanation. Eyebrow feathering is a massive time-saver when it comes to your overall make-up routine. Waking each morning with picture-perfect brows is quite the gamechanger for anyone currently battling the pencils, powder, tint and dye routine in the hours before work. Long-lasting results Minimal upkeep is a huge drawcard of eyebrow feathering, with

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further procedures only needed every two to three years. The microbladed eyebrows retain their shape and size for years to come, except for the need for a few touch-ups. Safe and effective While the word tattooing is often associated with pain, eyebrow feathering is not a painful process but some clients may feel a slight pressure, which is normal. Best of all, this procedure is perfectly safe. Waterproof A commonly associated problem with artificially drawn eyebrows is that they often get smudged and distorted under the effect of sweat or water. However, you face no such problem with a micro-bladed eyebrow. They make for the perfect pre-holiday beauty inclusion, allowing you to enjoy pool time and ocean swims without the consideration of smudged eyebrows.

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Price While this procedure can be a real time-saver, one of its biggest downfalls is without a doubt the cost. Eyebrow feathering can range from $400 to $800 for the initial procedures, with touch-ups over the years costing around $200. Many argue the cost is well worth it, but splurging on beauty trends certainly isn’t for everyone and something worth considering. Colour One element of feathering you must keep in mind is that it is semi-permanent, so choose wisely. Colour and shape should be carefully considered as you don’t want anything too dramatic to start with that you may regret at a later date. Opting for a natural look to begin with and building from there is the best course of action because unlike other options, tattooed brows cannot simply be waxed off!

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hile you could be forgiven for thinking the resurgence of cleanly-shaven men was set to begin thanks to the completion of yet another noble ‘Movember’ campaign, we may have a little longer to wait this year. An equally noble cause, ‘Decembeard’ has gained immense traction in recent years and is drawing much-needed attention to a cancer which currently rates as Australia’s second deadliest: bowel cancer. Bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) is the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia. 15,604 Australians are told they have bowel cancer each year, including 1413 people under the age of 50. And while 98 per cent of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully if found early, it seems this early detection is not happening at the rates we would hope, making awareness campaigns such as Decembeard all the more imperative. Statistics currently show that fewer than 50 per cent of cases are in fact detected early, highlighting the huge gains we still have to make in relation to awareness and, ultimately, action. A study conducted in January by Cancer Council NSW found that the incidence of bowel cancer (colon and rectal) is increasing

in Australians under the age of 50, once again adding to the calls for increased awareness. The study found that for people under 50, colon cancer incidence rates have increased by up to 9.3 per cent a year from the mid-2000s, while rectal cancer incidence rates have risen by up to 7.1 per cent a year since the early 1990s. “There are a number of risk factors that could be associated with this rise in new cases of bowel cancer in people under 50, including obesity, alcohol consumption and red and processed meat intake,” said Dr Eleonora Feletto, research fellow at Cancer Council NSW. “To reduce overall cancer risk, but especially for bowel cancer, we encourage all Australians to reduce their intake of alcohol and red and processed meat and maintain a healthy weight.” Such facts and figures further reiterate the need for campaigns such as Decembeard, which aim for greater traction with the younger generation. This month, do your bit to strike up a conversation in relation to bowel cancer and whether prompted by the presence of a beard or not, take the time to speak with your loved ones about the signs and symptoms of Australia’s second deadliest cancer. For further information, head to https://www.decembeard.org.au.

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SUMMER HAIR

Look after your tresses in the heat

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eeping your hair looking and feeling great over the summer months can be a challenge. Swimming in salty or chlorinated water, keeping it tied up in buns or ponytails, the frizz that often comes with summer humidity. All these things can leave you locks looking less than perfect. Luckily there are some simple ways to help protect your tresses during the warmer months and to keep you feeling confident in your hair. Locking in the moisture There’s a chance you might be washing your hair more often in the summer months to deal with the increase of sweat. Switching to a moisturising shampoo and conditioner may be just the trick your hair needs to avoid drying out from repeated washes. Prevention is key Before diving into the pool or swimming at the beach, make sure your hair is already wet. Wetting hair down with fresh water or a leave-in conditioner can help prevent it from absorbing as much salt water or pool chemicals. Rinsing your hair after swimming to remove the salt and chemicals will also help minimise damage.

Decrease the frizz Keep the fly-aways under control by using anti-frizz oils such as argan oil in the ends. Making sure you keep up to date with trims to avoid split ends will also help. Beat the heat Your hair will already be feeling the heat of summer so if you can, why not give it a break from heated styling tools. Summer can be a great time to try heat-free curls or waves. Braiding your hair before bed can give you some great beachy waves when you wake up.

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HARMONISE YOUR HOME Look to incorporate the ancient art of feng shui and reap the benefits

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tart the new year right by de-cluttering your home and creating a sanctuary in which you and your family can escape every day. The results are sure to surprise you. As life just keeps getting busier, adding a bit of harmony to the space you inhabit can have multiple benefits. The ancient Chinese art of feng shui, literally translated as wind-water in English, is centred on harmonising an individual’s existence with the environment they inhabit. The first step is to de-clutter your space. Those maybe-one-day items you have been hoarding for years should be the first to go. They are simply taking up space and adding dead energy to your rooms. Feng shui is all about light and air flow, so take a look at the curtains and furniture placement around your home and see whether it maximises the home’s natural light. Add in an air purifying plant and consider how you can

incorporate the five feng shui elements into your home. One easy way is through their corresponding colours – wood: green and brown; fire: red, strong yellow, orange, pink or purple; earth: light yellow, sandy or earthy hues or light brown; metal: white or grey; and water: blue or black. Different zones of the house also correspond to specific areas of your life, known as the Bagua energy map. Define where each of these zones is in your home and tailor your house accordingly. The areas are wealth; fame and aspiration; relationship; family ancestors; health; creativity and children; study, knowledge and meditation; career and life path; helpful friends and travel guides. When mapping these zones in your home, decide whether to use the (western) front door method or the (traditional) compass method and consult a website such as www.easy-feng-shui.com to understand the concept behind the use of Bagua.

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FESTIVE FITNESS Don’t feel guilty when you enjoy an indulgence, instead get back on track and focus on maintaining a positive attitude to food and exercise

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ith the silly season upon us, it is that exciting time of year when we can all indulge in the Christmas and New Year celebrations and enjoy some much-needed time with family and friends. And while keeping the perfect balance over the festive season is near impossible to achieve, being mindful to not fall completely off the wagon is a good attitude to have to ensure you start 2020 feeling fit, fresh and ready to go. Here are a few tips to keep you on track throughout the social month of December: Let go of guilt Making yourself stressed over food and exercise isn’t healthy. Not taking a guilt trip means you are more likely to stick with staying healthy over the next few months, and to not feel overwhelmed and throw in the towel. Stay hydrated Drink plenty of water. The health benefits of drinking water are endless, but it also assists with the digestion of food. Slow down If you are at an event, avoid loading up your plate. Chew your food slowly and remember, it takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell your brain that it’s full, so enjoy your meal and listen to your gut telling you when you are no longer hungry. Be prepared If you are going to a gathering where you take a plate, make sure it is healthy. Get active Stay active with games of sport in the backyard and park, bush and beach walks, and runs or swimming. Keep up your regular routine of exercise at the gym or at home, as maintaining

consistency is the key to enjoying the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Try to keep up your incidental exercise as well, taking the stairs instead of the elevator when doing the shopping, and parking the car a little further away from your destination. Most of all, stay positive and keep a healthy mindset, make the most of life, and have a happy Christmas and New Year.

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Why wait till New Year’s to get organised?

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LESS IS MORE: DECLUTTER YOUR HOME THIS SUMMER Start with one room, figure out a system and dive right in

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pring may be over, but there is still time to do a little decluttering around the house. Taking away some of the extra items or finding creative ways to store them can help make your space feel more open – a great thing for the summer months. An ideal first step is to pick where you will start. Choosing to focus on one area will make the job you are starting seem less daunting. You will also be rewarded with a mini sense of achievement when one room is completed. Once you have picked your target room, start a sorting system. You will need to decide what to throw out, what to donate, what belongs on display in the room and what needs to be stored. Set yourself a goal of how many items to throw out or donate and be a little ruthless. Particularly if it has been a little while since your last decluttering spree. Items can begin to add up in your home – trinkets you bought but no longer love, utensils you no longer need or things you have doubled up on.

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Once you have your sorting piles (including bags or boxes for the donate and throw-out piles) it is time to get started. Throw on your favourite music or a podcast to keep you entertained while you get down to business. With any items you decide to keep, ensure they are clean and tidy before putting them directly where they belong. No shortcuts here, no leaving them to the side to put in place later. Avoid double handling as much as possible. By the time the room is done, everything should have a place and you should have two piles left – the donate and the throw out. Before you take your well-deserved break, make sure you deal with these last two sections. Take the throw-away items straight to the bin and, if you can, drop that donate bag at your nearest charity shop now. There you have it! You’ve just decluttered and reorganised your first room. Now it’s up to you whether you take a well-deserved break or let the momentum carry you into the next room of the house.

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BUY FROM THE BUSH BRINGS OUTBACK STYLE TO THE CITY STREETS Sarah Jessica Parker is best known for her cosmopolitan style but her trip Down Under in October proves she can find style anywhere, even in Australia’s dry and dusty Outback. JACINTA CUMMINS

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HE television star and businesswoman, whose turn as unlucky-in-love, but always fashionably attired Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City made her a household name, catapulted milliner Lou Webb from the drought-stricken town of Warren in NSW to fame after wearing one of Webb’s creations when she was in Melbourne. And now you can also buy from Webb and countless other country businesses across the country with the creation of the #buyfromthebush campaign. The campaign was born in October when mum of three Grace Brennan created the #buyfromthebush social media accounts. By mid November #buyfromthebush had 97,672 Facebook followers, more than 96,600 Instagram followers and had also spurned a sister movement #stayinthebush. As the name suggests, this is about inspiring country and town folk alike to do their Christmas shopping with country-based businesses to stimulate regional economies at a time when many communities are suffering and businesses are closing down because there just isn’t the money in the area to support them. Mother-daughter duo Kylie and Meg Rutledge of Moble Homestead, outside of Quilpie, are the creators behind Moble Liberty, a range of neck scarves, children’s scarves, gift bags and hankies crafted from Liberty of London fine cotton fabric. www.dalbyherald.com.au

Moble Liberty is just one of the Western Queensland businesses reporting a boom in business since coming on board #buyfromthebush. “We started Moble Liberty about 12 months ago after my niece Katie and Meg were looking for work scarves that were soft on their necks and cool to wear,” Kylie explained. “Liberty cotton is the perfect choice as the fabric is both fine and cool, perfect for our conditions. “Me, who gardens rather than sews, ordered some Liberty fabrics and Moble Liberty was created. “As the conditions out here were so dry and disgusting then, we called them our ‘flowers in the dust’. “The business has gradually grown since but being a part of #buyfromthebush has been extraordinary; it’s a phenomenal movement. “We get a notification every time someone places an order and the first two nights, we just kept getting ping after ping. “We’re waiting on fabric to create more stock as we’re flat out keeping up with demand. “Which is great for business, but just as importantly, the scarves throw a little bit of joy into the everyday when there may not be a lot of joy for many people on the land at the moment.” December 2019

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CHRISTMAS ON A BUDGET

Try to be nice, not naughty, with your festive spending

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T CAN be hard to keep track of your expenses when Christmas is creeping closer while trying to juggle the end-of-year parties and get-togethers with family and friends. Here are some ideas to help you manage your finances over the festive season, so the start of 2019 can be stress-free.

START PLANNING CHRISTMAS EARLY Write out a list of all family members and friends you plan to give a gift to. Try your best to ensure this is done at least four weeks before Christmas. Set aside two separate days on a weekend or during the week to do your shopping. This gives you enough time to plan for other events and avoid the mad rush on Christmas Eve. CREATE A BUDGET Determine how much money you can afford for your Christmas budget and carefully allocate figures to your list. Add any other expenses you can think of to your budget. This will give you an idea of the total of your budget. Follow it as closely as possible as this will help make planning for Christmas less stressful and give you extra money to spend during your Christmas break. BE SENSIBLE WITH PRESENTS Secret Santa is a great way to avoid buying everyone in the family a present if money is tight. Suggest a dollar amount for each present to make it reasonable. Another good way to save money over Christmas is to use your reward points to help pay for 18 Style |

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presents. Christmas is the perfect time to cash in your points. EAT, DRINK, PARTY… AND SAVE Hosting parties throughout December right through to New Year’s Eve means entertaining overdrive. To avoid emptying all your pockets, ask everyone to bring a plate of food and their own drinks to help save on costs. As a bonus, it will save hours of preparation time too. CHEAP AND CHEERFUL Everyone loves to soak up the Christmas spirit with fancy ornaments and baubles around the house and on Christmas trees. There’s no need to spend a lot on these decorations as even the cheaper ones still look nice. Try Kmart, Target or even The Reject Shop to pay half the price. No one will know the difference. STAY-CATION There are many beautiful destinations in Australia that families choose to go to for their Christmas holidays but this often comes at a high price. Why not holiday in your own home by planning fun activities at your local beach or park? If you do choose to go away, plan far in advance and keep a look out for great accommodation deals that could potentially be half the price of the original cost.

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READY TO WRAP A simple base can be effective

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o you get gift wrapping envy when you see piles of perfectly mix-matched gifts wrapped up under trees in Christmas movies? I know I do. For years I bought dozens of different wrapping papers and bags, trying to avoid having all the presents look the same – a sea of singular designs under the tree. While my hordes of different wrapping papers had the desired effect, I now had a new issue. Storing the leftovers until next Christmas (because having that big a collection can get too expensive to just throw out at the end of the season). Thankfully, the rise of rustic and minimalist styles over the years have become my Christmas miracle. My gift-wrapping arsenal is a lot easier to manage now that it consists of only one type of paper: brown. The good old butcher’s paper we used to wrap school books in is now a go-to option for wrapping gifts all year round. Jazzing up presents is also super easy with this simple base. Ribbons and cords of all different colours are easy to find at bargain and craft stores. Rolls of ribbon can also be stored much easier than the

multiple rolls of wrapping paper you may end up with if you are anything like me. For Christmas the classic reds, greens, golds and silvers can be mixed and matched to make each present under your tree look different without veering too far away from your chosen style. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, it may be time to get some paint out and revisit the skill of making potato or sponge stamps (or buy stamps of your chosen design). Roll out some of your brown paper and have a go at it with paint and stamps to create one-of-a-kind patterns. For finishing touches, pick up some gift tags to label your presents. Either classic cardboard tags or small baubles with the recipient’s name work great with the ribbons and cords.

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HAM IT UP WITH CHRISTMAS DELICIOUSNESS No Christmas setting is complete without a gorgeous ham as the main attraction. Get the perfect glaze on your all-important Christmas ham with this delicious recipe. As they say, “get some pork on your fork”

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GLAZING YOUR HAM:

Prepare your favourite glaze recipe. Visit www.pork.com.au for some ideas. Remove rind and use a sharp knife to score ham in a diamond pattern, then place ham scored side up in a large baking pan and brush over glaze. Put in a pre-heated oven or hooded barbecue at 180C for 20 minutes per kg, basting occasionally, until ham is brown and warmed through. www.dalbyherald.com.au

Cutting a whole cold leg ham: 1. Place ham skin side up, then run a small, sharp knife under the rind around the bottom (opposite end to hock) and each side of the ham to about halfway up. Peel the rind back. 2. Run the tip of the knife around the bone on the underside of the ham. Begin to slice on a slight angle down to the bone. 3. Run your knife lengthways along the bone to remove slices. Continue to slice towards the hock. 4. Continue slicing down to the bone, working your way around the ham. When you’ve reached about a third of the way up, you can remove the bone by making a few short cuts at the joint.

STORING YOUR HAM:

To keep your ham fresh, fold rind back over exposed surface. Prepare a ham bag, cotton pillowcase or tea towel by soaking it in 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar and then wringing it out. Place the ham in the bag or pillowcase or cover it with the tea towel and store in coolest part of fridge. Re-soak the cloth in solution every few days or when it dries out. December 2019

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PIE’S THE LIMIT: Enjoy banoffee pie this Christmas.

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CHRISTMAS BANOFFEE PIE

You’ll need to invest in a dairy because this recipe has cream, cream and even more cream. Double cream will take the edge off the sweetness of the caramel and chocolate. INGREDIENTS 250g Arnott’s Granita biscuits 1 tin condensed milk 100g butter 300ml double cream 3tbs icing sugar 150ml thickened cream 150g sour cream 150g chocolate 2 bananas, sliced thinly METHOD To make the caramel, place the unopened condensed milk tin in a saucepan and cover with water and bring to a simmer. Allow to 22

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simmer for two-and-a-half hours, making sure tin is covered with water. Then set aside in a bowl of water. Place the biscuits in a food processor and crush them finely. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add crushed biscuits and combine well. Place the mix into a 24cm pie dish and use your hands to spread evenly along the bottom and up the sides. Set aside in fridge. Place double cream, sour cream and icing sugar in a bowl and beat until stiff but spreadable. Melt chocolate over low heat and then stir it through the cream mixture to make a ganache. Spread chocolate ganache over pie base. Layer with half the slices of banana and then top with caramel. Layer with the rest of the bananas and top with the thickened cream. Set in fridge for half an hour. www.chinchillanews.com.au


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the sugar has dissolved and the berries have broken down. Set aside to cool. 2. Place the biscuits into a freezer bag and crush using a rolling pin until they resemble breadcrumbs. 3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low to medium heat. 4. Mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter in a bowl until well combined. Spoon the mixture into the bottom of two large serving glasses. 5. Place the mascarpone into a large mixing bowl and fold in the lemon zest, remaining lemon juice and icing sugar. 6. Spoon the mascarpone into the glasses, then spoon over the berries and juice. Serve immediately. December 2019

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COCKTAILS Elf cocktail

They work all year to make your Christmas a one-of-a-kind occasion, so raise a toast with a drink just for them. Delicious, flavourful and perfect for raising everyone’s holiday spirits. Ingredients 30ml melon liqueur 60ml citrus flavoured vodka 30ml white cranberry juice Maraschino cherries for garnish Method 1. Combine melon liqueur, vodka, and cranberry juice in an ice-filled shaker. 2. Shake vigorously and strain into cocktail glass. 3. Garnish with cherries.

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Santa Claus Punch Ingredients 1 x 250g punnet strawberries, hulled, washed, halved 1 ⁄2 x 125g punnet raspberries 1 ⁄2 x 150g punnet blueberries 1 ripe kiwifruit, peeled, finely chopped 1L (4 cups) chilled cranberry and raspberry fruit juice (Ocean Spray brand) 1L (4 cups) chilled lemonade 500ml (2 cups) chilled bought pineapple juice 1 ⁄4 cup loosely packed small fresh mint leaves Method 1. Divide the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and kiwifruit evenly among 2 ice-cube trays. Cover with cold water and place in the freezer for 4 hours or overnight until set. 2. Combine the fruit juice, lemonade and pineapple juice in a large serving jug. Add the ice cubes and mint, and stir to combine. Serve immediately. www.dalbyherald.com.au

Ingredients 30ml Baileys Irish Cream 30ml vodka 15ml Kahlua 15ml gingerbread syrup 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, softened Whipped cream Crushed gingerbread or gingernut biscuits Gingerbread syrup: 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 5 cloves 2 cinnamon sticks One 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into rounds Method Combine the Irish cream liqueur, vodka, coffee liqueur, gingerbread syrup and ice cream in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Pour into four chilled martini glasses. Top each with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of gingerbread cookie crumbs. Gingerbread syrup: Add the sugar, water, cloves, cinnamon and ginger to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before using, about 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks. December 2019

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STARS Sagittarius Nov 23 – Dec 21 You love Christmas with all the trimmings and family gathered together. It is simply your zone. The tree is decorated with the best decorations and you are jumping out of your skin, hoping the big day will soon be here. It is all about the show and family for you that brings a huge smile to your face and warms your heart. December is also the time to take some much-needed rest and relaxation. It has been an action-packed year so pace yourself as New Year’s is still to come. Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 20 Thank goodness another stressful year is ending. It has been a journey of ups and downs, but they all balanced out in the end. December brings with it a time to gather family together and spend quality time reflecting on the past 12 months. With the new year approaching fast, you will have the best intentions of partying until the wee small hours, however I think you will be in bed long before the midnight hour approaches. Aquarius Jan 21 – Feb 19 Right, are your bags packed? Passport checked? You are ready to roll. This is your time of year as nothing beats a holiday, especially to somewhere exotic. It seems that islands are calling your name and who doesn’t like to laze on a beach with the pure white sands and crystal-clear water. Spend some money and make it resonate long after you are back to the daily grind. Pisces Feb 20 – Mar 20 You are starting to come out of your shell a little bit this Christmas, which is the most magical time of the year for your family. There could be a new addition to the family, which will bring such excitement it will be champagne all round. Think long and hard before you approach New Year. It may be a major decision-making time for you long-term dreams to come true Aries Mar 21 – Apr 20 You are approaching a time in your life when you need to consider future career goals. Are you happy in your current role? If not, start looking for another job that will bring greater joy and job satisfaction. It is out there, you just need to know where to look. Romantic times are in the air so if you are in a relationship it may go to the next level, or if you are single there is someone on the horizon looking your way. Taurus Apr 21 – May 21 Stubborn is as stubborn does. It is time to put your pedal to the medal and hit the road. A new location beckons, giving you fresh hope of being able to relax, enjoying all that nature has to offer. Taureans need to be able to control their space so everything has a place. Including time to make this happen will be the biggest challenge but if there is any sign in the Zodiac that loves a challenge it will be a Taurus. Gemini May 22 – June 22 Itchy feet. Might be time to head for the hills. Spending time surrounded by lush tropical rainforests would be ideal, however in www.dalbyherald.com.au

reality it is another vista that calls with fast cars, bright lights and plenty of action. City life agrees with you as it allows you to live out dreams of meeting the rich powerful people in theatre, art and positions of power. Your November will be one to remember and for all the right reasons. Cancer June 23 – July 23 One question to ask yourself this month is ‘why?’ Why stick at a career you no longer have interest in or enjoy. If you are thinking of going back to further your education, now is the time to strike as you are positively bursting with career ideas. It is also a month for relocation, moving out of stressful situations into a more relaxed vibe. Good times beckon, so it is head down to study but keeping some room for the odd party or two. Leo July 24 – Aug 23 It will come as no surprise that Leo people love Christmas. It is not the receiving of presents, but more they love the look on the faces of their families as they unwrap carefully chosen gifts. Renowned for their generous nature, Leos love the limelight that giving the perfect gift gives them. December is a fantastic month. If you are relocating, everything will go smoothly with the move so stop panicking and relax. A new location is just what the doctor ordered so enjoy the ride. Virgo Aug 24 – Sept 24 December is a fantastic month for the earth mother Virgo. It is now that you realise why you have been feeling so amazing. It is simply a good state of mind. With the universe flowing in your direction, there is nothing that cannot be achieved. If you are taking time out over the festive season to spend with family the days will be filled with laughter, love and great memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. A new romance beckons so it might pay to check out who is checking you out. Love works in mysterious ways. Libra Sept 24 – Oct 23 Spoil yourself this festive season. You have been working hard and deserve to have some pamper me time. Grab a group of buddies and hit the closest spa. It will do wonders for your soul. Think massages, facials, pedicures all followed by lashings of champagne, canapes then on to a night of girl power hitting the floor to dance the night away. Christmas this year is going to be huge and with large family in tow, it is set to be one you won’t forget. Scorpio Oct 24 – Nov 22 Celebrate good times. Kick up your heels. This is your favourite time of year where you can break out of the dull and dreary routine and shop until you drop. Don’t forget to hang stockings for an extra special someone this year. You know who it is, but your secret is safe with me. Head to the beach to catch some rays and build sandcastles. Remember, with every grain of sand your family time is going so quickly. Don’t miss a moment of joy and happiness. December 2019

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