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Christmas Gift Baskets

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Christmas Gift Baskets

Looking to give a little something of everything this holiday season? Spread the festive cheer with one of our gourmet Christmas gift baskets!

Food baskets are a wonderful gift during Christmas as almost everyone loves or appreciates food! Who wouldn’t be pleased with an abundance of delicious treats like chocolates and biscuits, coffee, tea, gourmet condiments, rare oils and vinegars.

A gourmet Christmas gift basket from Simon’s can be as easy or as personalised as you like. Tell us your value spend and we’ll put together a basket for you, or you can browse our extensive range of gourmet goodies and choose exactly what you would like to give.


Aside from our Christmas Gift Baskets, Simon’s also has Mango Trays and Cherry Trays!

Still lost for ideas? You can’t go wrong with a Simon’s gift voucher—available in values of $20 and $50. Gift vouchers make a perfect for those who love gourmet food goodies but love to do the choosing themselves!

Pre-order your Xmas gift basket and we’ll have it ready for you to pick-up.

For more gourmet Christmas gifts and food ideas, browse through our Xmas page for Xmas tips and recipes!


Download our Christmas catalogue

Friday, November 16th, 2012



For more Christmas entertaining and food tips, check out our Christmas catalogue. Pick up a copy at our Chapel Hill store.

Download the Xmas 2012 brochure




Homemade Christmas Rum Balls, White Christmas and Toasted Walnut Chocolate Truffles

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Handmade Christmas sweet nibbles from our Chapel Hill kitchen

Every year we look forward creating our classic Xmas favourite homemade treats in our Chapel Hill kitchen. Be sure to pre-order our exclusive Xmas treats by 15 December!

Rum Balls  $31.95 kg


White Christmas $8.95  (Pack of 4)


New: Toasted Walnut Chocolate Christmas Truffles  $29.95 kg


Check out our Gourmet Guide to Christmas for Xmas food and entertaining ideas

Christmas Hams, Serving Suggestions & How to Put Together a Cold Meat Platter

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Christmas Hams & Serving Suggestions

Handpicked Aussie pork legs, cooked and smoked locally by Gilly’s Smallgoods. All Christmas hams are fully cooked and ready to eat as-is or glaze at home. Serve ham cold (for those hot summer days) with grapes, bread rolls, jarlsberg cheese slices and salads.


Full leg hams on the bone

Whole 7 – 10 kg // Half leg approx. 4 kg

Easy carve hams hock on rest boneless (full leg only)

Boneless leg ham (cut to any size)

Size 2 kg or above

Serve hams with apple sauce, cranberry sauce or Spoonfed Jam’s Ham Jam, a burst of Queensland pineapple and exotic Asian spices. Pre-order your Christmas hams from our Brisbane butcher –Chapel Hill–by 15 December 2012. View our full Christmas Ideas Catalogue here


How to Put Together a Cold Meat Platter

When putting together a cold meat platter, start with crowd favourites as a base for your platter: Hungarian salami, leg ham, double smoked chicken/roast beef/turkey. To add variety, choose prosciutto/parma ham and chorizo. To bulk the platter up, add marinated antipasto, such as kalamata olives, pitted green olives, sun-dried tomatoes and pepperbells, cheeses, crackers and baguette slices.

If you’re lost for choice or short on time, pre-order our Cold Meat Platter from our catering service.

Cold Meat Platter

Small (6 – 8 people) $60   |   Large (12 – 16 people) $115

An assortment of prosciutto, ham, salami, smoked chicken, roast turkey and roast beef

Novelty Christmas Foods: Biscuits, Rocky Road Xmas Tree & More Confectionery!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Festive Christmas Sweet Treats


Spread the Xmas cheer with novelty items such as classic biscuits in decorative tins, Santa-shaped chocopops, chocolates and trinkets in a mug and mini Xmas presents!


Rocky Road Xmas Tree

A centrepiece needs to be inspiring and attractive to draw guests to the table—and this beautiful Rocky Road Xmas Tree fits the criteria of a perfect centrepiece with its dreamlike sculpture of puff marshmallows covered in fine chocolate!  This Australian handmade Rocky Road marshmallow Xmas tree is available in two sizes: 500g and 1kg


Elsa’s Story Biscuits

Beautiful homestyle cookies, Elsa’ Story Biscuits come in a wide range of flavours and festive packaging to complement your gift pack. A wide range of novelty Christmas cookies are also available at our Chapel Hill deli.


Fine Chocolates: Duc d’O, Chocolatier & Lindt


12 Days of Christmas

Meltingly delicious handcrafted vanilla fudge and butter toffee by Gardiners of Scotland, an award-winning Scottish family-run business. These 12 Days of Christmas fudge tins make wonderful keepsakes.


Simon’s Guide to Xmas

For more Xmas food and entertaining inspiration, pick up our Xmas Order Guide in-store or download it from our Xmas page.


Homemade Chocolate Truffles, Rum Balls and White Christmas Slices

Best Christmas Stocking Fillers

How to Eat Pate: Serving Suggestions

Thursday, November 15th, 2012


Our Top 5 Favourite Serving Suggestions for

“How to Eat Pate”

#1  On French Breads

Spread pate on a slice of baguette. Be sure to have a basketful of baguette slices at the table along few two or three types of pate.


#2  With Cheeses and Dried Fruits

Add a block of pate to your cheese board to bring a twist of complex flavours to the platter.  Pair a small cube of Fresh Fare’s Brandy Port & Sage Pate with your favourite cheese on a cracker, followed with some dried fruit, muscatels or raisins, and nuts.


#3  As a Dip

Pates make fantastic alternatives to dips. Serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks and waterwheel crackers. Try Fresh Chef Foods’ Sage Onion & Bacon Pate and Fresh Fare’s Traditional Pate.


#4  In Salads

Add cubed pate to any fresh green salads. Try Fresh Fare’s Duck & Orange Pate for a twist of citrus gourmet to you summer salads.


#5  On Meats

Add a slice of pate to grilled lamb or beef for that extra kick of texture and flavour. Try Fresh Chef Foods’ Portabello & Grand Marnier pate or Green Peppercorn & Apple Brandy pate on lamb or beef. For the roast turkey, try Fresh Chef Foods’ Cranberries & Dessert Lime Pate.


Simple Christmas Dip Platter Ideas

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Christmas Dip Platter Ideas

A dip platter is quick and easy to put together. Depending on the number of guests, opt for at least two types of dips and serve with breadsticks, crackers, bread slices (we like baguette, focaccia and sourdough), carrot, cucumber and celery sticks.

Our delicatessen section has a wide range of homemade dips from our kitchen as well as other gourmet lines of dips. If you’re short on time to put together your own platter, pre-order our dipping platter from our catering menu or just pick up a pack of prepped carrot sticks, crackers and a selection of dips from our Brisbane Deli in Chapel Hill.

Easy Xmas Finger Food Recipe: Spanish Aged Chorizo with Brie, Rocket and Sundried Tomato-Stuffed Olive

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Easy Xmas Finger Food Recipe: Spanish Aged Chorizo with Brie, Rocket and Sundried Tomato-Stuffed Olive

Entertaining doesn’t require a full day of cooking. This rustic Xmas canapé platter features Spanish aged chorizo, a dry-cured pork sausage that has a distinct taste and a mild sublime spice to it.

Ingredients and method:

  • Put together layers of chorizo, brie, rocket and sundried tomato-stuffed olive.  Secure with a toothpick/cocktail stick if desired.

We chose to use brie, a soft cheese, because it melts easily and has a slight mushroom-like flavour, which goes well with the sundried tomato-stuffed olives. In addition, the creaminess of the brie helps balance out the dominant flavours of the chorizo.

  • To extend the platter, serve with a generous side of bread and crackers and a side of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Christmas Summer Salad Recipes

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Christmas Summer Salad Recipes


Add a burst of colour to the table with a vibrant, summery salad. Here are three of our favourite easy summer salad recipes: 




#1   Mango and chicken salad with mayo dressing—served on side


  • Fresh Australian mangoes—cut into large cubes
  • Chicken breast: crumbed and fried/grilled. Once cooked, cut into thin strips
  • Rocket leaves
  • Baby mesclun salad leaves
  • Cubed cheddar
  • Finely sliced red onion
  • Whole mayonnaise
  • Cherry tomatoes


#2   Pear, rocket and feta salad

  • Packham/Gnashi  Pear—thinly sliced
  • Rocket leaves
  • Feta cheese—cut into cubes
  • A drizzle of olive oil


#3   A Twist on Caesar

  • Ciabatta bread, cut into rectangular strips—toasted in a pan/oven
  • Baby cos lettuce / mix greens
  • Panchetta—cut into cubes—lightly fry off in a pan with some oil until golden
  • Finely grated parmesan cheese
  • Caesar salad dressing



 Summer Salad Trays from our Catering Service

Alternatively, if you’re short on time and need help catering for a large group, try our Xmas homemade salads, freshly made to order, available in four summery flavours:


Gourmet Pasta Salad

Made with roasted capsicums, eggplants, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, rocket and olives


Gourmet Potato Salad

Made with eschalots, bacon, mustard and our homemade mayonnaise dressing


Gourmet Rice Salad

A beautiful combination of flavours and textures—made with fresh pineapples, eschalots, red apples, sultanas and Aussie macadamia nuts


Moroccan Cous Cous Salad—a burst of colours—made with carrots, sweet potatoes, sultanas, red onions, capsicums, tomatoes and eschalots


Need more? Download our catering menu to view our full selection of antipasto party platters, wraps, bread rolls, cheese platter, hot finger food and more.

Flowers: Fail-safe Hostess Christmas Gift

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Flower Bouquets for Christmas


If you’re lost for a Christmas gift, a lovely bouquet of flowers make a wonderful, fail-safe hostess gift! Pair the finest bouquet of flowers with a good bottle of wine and a tray of cherries and you’re on your way to being remembered as the gracious Xmas dinner guests.


Alternatively, if you’re staying away from the traditional  wine and flowers combo, opt for a bouquet of exotic flowers with a fine bottle of extra virgin olive oil/balsamic vinegar infused with lemon or figs (available from our Pukara Estate oils and balsamic vinegar range) and a jar of chutney or relish to complement your hostess’ Christmas spread.

Please note price and range of flowers in-store will vary from flowers displayed in photos above.




Free Event: Xmas Taste Testing, 15 December 2012

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

With Xmas just around the corner, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes choosing sweet treats for Christmas. Thus, we’re having a free taste testing event, featuring three of our classic brands so you can sample our favourite treats for yourself: Lick Ice-cream, Jen’s rumballs and fruit mince pies, and the famous handmade Christmas cakes! Come on down to our deli store, have a taste and get your festive tastebuds going!

Event Details

Date: Saturday, 15 December 2012

Venue: Simon’s Gourmet Gallery, Chapel Hill, Brisbane


Handmade Xmas Cakes 
11am – 1pm
Jen’s Mince Pies & Rumballs
11.30am – 1.30pm
Lick Ice-cream   
 12pm – 2pm
Yarra Valley Feta
Maggie Beer Pates & Pastes

1pm – 3pm


*Product range and taste testing times may be subjected to change without prior notice

Xmas Ice-creams, Classic Christmas Puddings and Handmade Christmas Cakes

Thursday, November 15th, 2012


 Limited Edition Christmas Ice-cream Flavours by Lick Ice-cream

Don’t miss out on these limited edition Xmas flavours: Scorched Almond & Brandy and Gingerbread. Perfect with your favourite Xmas puddings, cakes, biccies, espressos and coffee liqueurs.  We reckon a generous scoop of  Scorched Almond & Brandy topped with a shot of Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur makes a quick Xmas dessert perfect for the adults’ table!

Lick Ice-cream is also available in three classic flavours: Vanilla Bean, Couverture Dark Chocolate (Lick’s most popular flavour) and Strawberries & Cream

For a kid friendly dessert, serve up some warm apple pie with a generous scoop of Lick’s Vanilla Bean ice-cream and Maleny Vanilla Custard.

Lick Ice-Creams Xmas Special & Classic Flavours     1 litre $14.95 ea



Christmas Puddings by Pudding Lady

Regarded as Australia’s finest Xmas Puddings, Xmas Pudding by Newcastle’s Pudding Lady is famous for its traditional and classic Xmas Pudding—handmade and wrapped, tied and boiled in pudding cloth. Made with only the finest dried fruits, fresh eggs, full strength Australian brandy, Australian sugar, locally made pure butter, real Australian fresh orange juice and peel.


Handmade Christmas Cakes

This Handmade Christmas Cake is one of the store’s classics products every Xmas! Here are a few unconventional ways to enjoy this Handmade Christmas Cake:

Crumble Christmas Cake over soft ice-cream, fold in and re-freeze for a Christmas Cake ice-cream—yum! We recommend using Lick Ice-cream’s Vanilla Bean or Scorched Almond & Brandy ice-cream.

Make a Xmas trifle! Line a deep glass bowl with Christmas Cake slices (cut to about 1 cm-thick), douse with liquor (try brandy, rum or port), top with Maleny Vanilla Custard. Repeat layers until bowl is full. Refrigerate for at least an hour for trifle to set.


Maleny Custard — our favourite uses and recipes

Thursday, November 15th, 2012


Maleny Custard.

There’s no better custard to go with your Xmas desserts than the Vanilla Custard by Maleny Dairies. If you’re familiar with the award-winning Maleny milk, you’re sure to love their custards!



Simon’s Fave Uses for Custards


#1 Summer Trifles


  • Jam rolls / regular sponge cake – cut into slices, 1cm-thick
  • Jelly
  • Maleny custard
  • Fresh mangoes—cut into cubes
  • Fresh summer cherries—pitted
  • Freshly whipped cream
  • Grated dark chocolate (optional)

Line base of deep glass bowl with sponge cake, top with a layer of jelly, followed by a layer of sponge cake, custard, cherries—repeat layers until bowl is nearly full. Top with whipped cream and decorate with fruit or grated dark chocolate.


#2 Warm Xmas pudding with Maleny custard

Simple heat up your favourite Xmas pudding and serve with a generous side of custard



#3 Vanilla poached pears with Maleny custard

Remove core from pear (we found a handy tutorial here, heat a pot of water and sugar in a pot until sugar dissolves. Add seeded vanilla bean (cinnamon sticks work well too) and simmer until pear is tender. Remove pear from pot and serve warm with Maleny custard.


We hope we’ve inspired with our quick list of Maleny Vanilla Custard recipes. If you have any Xmas ideas/traditions you’d like to share, tell us on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Foodies

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry which has Foodies getting in the festive spirit. Read on for our Christmas Gift Ideas to impress your food loving friends.

In addition to spoiling our guests with gourmet festive foods, we love the act of giving tasty gifts and novelty kitchenware to keep the chefs at heart inspired to create and entertain in style.


Our Brisbane gourmet deli’s gift section has an extensive range of Christmas Gift Ideas for foodies. See Simon’s range of hand selected tasty gift sets, including Mrs Bridges‘ boiled sweets, preserves and jams, Random Harvest condiments, Bonne Maman jams and Tea Forte tea collection. Our range of inspiring  and fun kitchenware include, tea pots and tea cups, colourful tea towels and napkins, silverware, kids’ baking utensils, fun aprons, French Vanilla Flameless Candles by Ogilvie Designs, recipe books and chocolate fondue sets.


If you’re short on time for gift wrapping or need that last-minute gift on the way to a dinner, pick up one of these delectable gift sets, all packaged and ready for gifting.

Be sure to stop by our Chapel Hill gourmet deli & butcher store to check out our full range of Christmas gifts!


Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Fail-safe Hostess Gift: Flower Bouquets

Homemade Christmas Rum Balls, White Christmas Slices & Chocolate Truffles

Christmas Centrepiece Ideas: Rocky Road Xmas Tree

Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas: Santa & Frosty Chocolate Pops, Honey Pecan

Xmas Gingerbread and Scorched Almond & Brandy Lick Ice-Creams


Best Christmas Stocking Fillers: Chocolate in Colourful Tinfoil!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012


Santa-shaped chocolates wrapped in brightly coloured tinfoil–we only get to give such items once a year making these Christmas novelty items mandatory stocking fillers!  Novelty chocolate pieces make excellent stocking filers. We’re absolutely spoilt for choice this year with our Xmas range, but here are three of our favourite stocking fillers:

#1 Lindt Chocolate Stocking Fillers

Available in Teddy, Santa or classic Christmas Lindor star shapes


#2 Belfine Frosty and Santa Chocolate Pops

…these Christmas icons seem too cute to eat, but we can’t say no to chocolate!


#3  Honey Pecan Chocolate Covered Marshmallow by Baru

We’d love to receive five stocking-fulls of these heavenly marshmallow treats!


Other fun stocking fillers include Pink Lady’s Chocolate Moments, Mozart Twists  Chocolates and lots more. Be sure to drop by our Chapel Hill store in Brisbane for a walk through Christmas candy lane and be spoilt for choice!


More Festive Christmas Sweet Treats

Homemade Chocolate Truffles, Rum Balls and White Christmas Slices

How to Create a Simple Antipasto Platter for Christmas

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

How to Create a Simple Antipasto Platter for Christmas

An antipasto platter should complement the main course. Stick to a few flavours and ingredients that complement each other well. Classic items include marinated rainbow olives, rich cheeses such as goat’s cheese, pecorino and manchego;  deli meats, such prosciutto, salami, mortadella, chorizo; roasted vegetables; sundried tomatoes; marinated pepperbells; bread sticks and Italian bread—Ciabatta or Foccacia.

How to Make a Great Christmas Cheese Platter: Tips and Ideas

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Xmas Cheese Platter Ideas

Here are our top tips on how to make a great, yet simple Christmas cheese platter:

Go with the odds

  • Serve an odd number of cheese and meats—this will make any party platter aesthetically appealing. Three or five types of cheese or meat work best.

Three must-have cheeses

  • Soft cheese—brie or camembert
  • Cheddar
  • Goat’s or sheep’s cheese—to cater for guest who have an intolerance for cow’s milk

Extend the platter

  • Bulk the platter up with savoury sides such as crostinis (little toasts), bread sticks, crackers and plain baguette slices
  • Add fresh/dried fruit: figs, grapes, strawberries, watermelon and muscatels
  • Add condiments: fruit relishes, chutneys and fruit paste

And the most important tip of all: Have fun with the party platter!

Enjoy Stone fruit Season this Christmas: Recipe Ideas — Mango, Cherry, Nectarine, Plum & Peach

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Australian Stone Fruit Season in Christmas


These ruby red Aussie cherries make the perfect table centrepiece with its Xmas-theme colour and sweet aroma. If you’re stuck for Xmas present ideas for that hard-to-buy-for friend, cherry trays make great last minute gifts! Cherry trivia: Did you know that the Australian cherry season lasts for only 100 days! Be sure to take full advantage of this quintessential summer fruit by incorporating cherries into your cooking! For a little food & drink inspiration, check out these recipes:

Moroccan Cherry Lamb Recipe 

White Chocolate Cherry Panna Cotta Recipe




Ah, mangoes, the smell of Australian Summer Xmas!  These juicy Aussie Kensington Pride mangoes perfect for desserts, salads and seafood.  Check out these fantastic mango recipe ideas for your Xmas feast inspiration. Hint: Mango trays make excellent hostess gifts too!

Stonefruit have similar uses so you can easily substitute one fruit for another in stonefruit recipes. Check out our serving suggestions for nectarines, peaches and plums.



Nectarine and prosciutto appetizer

  • Cubed nectarines
  • Thin slices of prosciutto
  • A drizzle of olive all
  • Freshly chopped walnuts
  • Shaved Gouda cheese



Mix olive oil, sherry vinegar, bush honey and cracked pepper. Add peach slices, fresh tomatoes and finely sliced red onion to the mixture and mix well. Serve with pork.



The sweetness of plums go well with soft cheeses such as camembert and triple cream cheese.


If you’re cooking up a storm with your famous mango salsa, cherry pies or peach melba, make sure to pre-order your stonefruit trays by 15 December!