Ready to roast a chook in the barbecue, Kelly and Glenn Reid with their children Ben, 6 1/2 and Eve, 5.
Ready to roast a chook in the barbecue, Kelly and Glenn Reid with their children Ben, 6 1/2 and Eve, 5. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Chilling out under canvas

WHETHER you serve a hot roast or seafood it can be a challenge to keep your cool while feeding the troops on Christmas Day.

So how do you prepare and serve a delicious Christmas lunch while camping in a tent?

Campers at Flat Rock tent park at Angels Beach all agreed that Christmas in a camping ground means less fuss and more fun.

Mary Warren of Mudgeeraba said her family will use goodies from their icebox to create a gourmet feast.

"We have a Russian breakfast on Christmas Day. So we'll have sour cream, eggs, salmon and capers with red onion and caviar," she explained.

"Then we won't be able to eat again for hours so we'll have salads and seafood for dinner. It's very relaxing."

Sue Holden of Brisbane said the secret to feeding her partner and three girls Emma, 7, Jessica, 6, and Brooke, 3, was to outsource the cooking duties.

"We'll be cooking nothing.

"We order some prawn and chicken from town and probably the only thing we make is salad.

"If we were in Brisbane we would have a traditional dinner but here we just go the easy way. It's more relaxing."

The Reid family from the Gold Coast were the only campers who said they would fire up their barbie on Christmas Day.

"It will be fun for the kids to wake up at the beach on Christmas Day," said Glenn Reid.

"We'll roast a chook in a little roasting oven and serve a ham as well, because cold meats are easy for Christmas."

Kelly Reid said the most important part of cooking Christmas lunch was to enjoy yourself and not worry too much.

"We've got a meal planned but if it doesn't turn out we'll just eat ham rolls," she laughed.



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