"I have a multicultural family - we're Dutch, Chinese and Welsh - so Christmas is a bit of a blend of things from all three cultures," says Analiese Gregory. "One stalwart of the table, though, is ham. Normally I'm a fan of the mustard, brown sugar and pineapple tradition, but I associate cherries with Christmas in Australia - it's smack bang in the middle of cherry season. Also, recently I've become obsessed with good maraschino cherries, and their dark glossiness and slightly bitter almond flavour. This ham reminds me of cherries and cocktails and spice. Talking about it has made me want a Manhattan. Enjoy."