6 - The Easiest Christmas Puddings

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6 December, 2018

We all agree that the best kid friendly recipe that is easy to make, cheap, non alcohol based and no cooking required, are these small Christmas puddings.


  • Purchase 1 (800g) dark fruit cake- Black and Gold or supermarket brand is fine
  • 6 tablespoons of orange juice (one orange)
  • 100g white chocolate, melted – use white choc buttons or white cooking chocolate 
  • 4 red snakes, cut into 0.5cm lengths 
  • 8 green snakes, cut into 0.5cm lengths


  1. In a large mixing bowl, break fruit cake into crumbs.
  2. Add the orange juice and mix together.
  3. Roll one tablespoonful of mixture into a ball and set aside on some plastic wrap.
  4. Drizzle cooled, melted white chocolate on top of each ball.
  5. Press one piece of red snake 'berry' in the centre of the chocolate and add two green snake 'leaves' either side - ta da, holly!

Store in an air tight container in a cool place.  They will keep for up to 2 weeks so you can make Christmas last into the new year.

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14 - Pride in helping others

Only a few years ago Puddle Jumpers were faced with a major disruption to their charity work with the premises they occupied being sold off. It would have spelled the end for most organisations but Melanie Tate and the vounteers of Puddle Jumpers were not about to let down the kids they help.

There are the quiet achievers and others who are simply a force of nature. If you have seen her regular facebook posts, Melanie Tate does not sit in the quiet corner. She was recently awarded a Pride of South Australia Medal for her work with developing children and young people as well as her recent food supply venture to the needy families in Adelaide. A well deserved recognition to Melanie individually and also to the volunteers of [Puddle Jumpers](https://affordablesa.com.au/programs/food/puddle-jumpers-forestville).

For every one award like this there are literally hundreds of stories of people working behind the scenes and helping families across the state. Individuals and agencies that day after day recognise the needs of the community they serve and do their best to support and assist. It is no small effort and the relationship linking these organisations is critical in providing the best and most efficient support.

We would like to congratulate all the agencies and individuals who have worked so tirelessly throughout the year to help other South Australians. You can see them represented on the Affordable SA App.

2018 was a difficult year and we hope that you have a safe and lovely Christmas. We need you back as 2019 is already shaping up to be another big year with new challenges and problems facing families and individuals of South Australia.


13 - Christmas traditions

What are your Christmas Traditions?

South Australians love tradition. Whether it’s Showdown or Slowdown, the pigs in rundle mall or the Christmas Riverbank scenes every year outside that famous SA Brewery, it’s just not Christmas without the little things we do as a family. It’s not enough to have the festive decorations in the shopping malls and the high volume of Christmas specials on TV or the sentimental videos on your facebook page. It’s the Lights of Lobethal, the Christmas pageant and the familiar nuisances that trigger the memories that signal it’s truly, really Christmas.

For many years we paid far too much attention to the Northern hemisphere and locked ourselves in the kitchen with ovens blazing and pots boiling, cooking turkeys and puddings for hours on end whilst singing carols depicting snow bounds cottages and reindeer on every corner. With the oven on 180 degrees on a 43 degree day in the S.A summer, it’s a wonder we survived before air-conditioning. Even better if we get cheaper electricity.

Thankfully after putting up with dozens of truly annoying Ozzie Christmas songs over the years, our traditions have evolved to the colder cuts, BBQs and if you can afford the extra cost, a seafood spread. Australia has also seen many immigrants from equally heated countries that have turned our modern Christmas spread into the most glorious bowerbird’s feast with a myriad of flavours.

We also like to inflict our family traditions on potential family members or newcomers into our personal Christmas world. It is a rite of passage and a means to seek out, ”the keepers”. Sometimes it can be a real test of strength and endurance to gain entry onto prime seating at the dining table.

There will be tears, there may be arguments. There will be mess and spills and of course loads and loads of dishes, but we would not change it for quids. For without the whole catastrophe it would not be Christmas in South Australia.

So you might as well enjoy it all. If you’re lucky, one day your kids will be inflicting the same painful traditions on their kids.


12 - In the Red Corner

There are no presents under the tree for him. There is no place set at the Christmas lunch or for dinner and yet he is the most generous giver of all. Even when there is an unexpected guest he somehow finds the time to sneak away and wrap a present.

He is the Secret Santa or Kris Kringle, and though he was cloned from the Original Santa or St Nicholas, he has become the the perfect reneissance Santa, even following you to your workplace as the gathering momentum of the Christmas spirit takes hold.

He has also become the means to control the spending on the ever widening circle of friends and family, as well as our social sphere and work colleagues that over the years have somehow crept into our Christmas shopping list. A way of combating the very marketing that he was created to serve. More distressing is the amount of Secret Santa or Kris Kringle poems which are at best on a par with Dad jokes that will be read out loud to all at the office party.

But there is a new kid on the block. He has been hiding in the background supressed by his excessive Christmas toil. Now emerging to challenge the rise and popularity of the Secret Santa and to provide another spending outlet for us to serve. It is the Elf on the Shelf and he comes with accessories.

This Elf has neglected his toy making duties and snuck into our homes and offices. He sees and hears more than Google or Apple and reports directly to Santa of our naughtiness or niceness and whether we are deserving or not. He even has his own rules to follow.

Changing from his traditional subserviant green to red, this Elf's rise in popularity has been greatly enhanced by the online sharing of his excapades and he has quickly become very naughty with antics well outside of his original duty statement. Some of his midnight office pranks colourfully displayed by the photocopies left on the office pin board, twitter and facebook.

Amoungst all this Christmas jockularity it is important to remember the real Christmas. If your belief is of western Religion, it is very specific but whether you're religious or not, Christmas is a time to appreciate and be appreciated. To give hope and have hope within yourself. To consider those around you and those far away or in troubled parts of the world.

We use this precious time to make the world seem that little smaller. To remind us of our faith, in ourselves or in our God.