Ho ho ho and a bottle of champers

December 31, 2009 · 27 comments

I kept putting off this post as I’ve been feeling a bit lazy of late, and been somewhat busy eating, catching up with family and friends, getting heatstroke playing tennis, driving, braving the city for some bargain hunting and constructing an anti-sunlight device for my bedroom consisting of sheets sewn together in a umm.. rustic manner. As you might possibly be aware, today is New Year’s Eve, so I thought I should get this written up before the new year is upon me and I’m nursing a hangover and hair of the dog on top of being busy and lazy.

I hadn’t spent Christmas with my family for a few years, as Christmas 2007 was spent with my (now ex) boyfriend’s family, and Christmas 2008 was spent driving between Montreal and New York city (we did manage to pull over on the side of the road for some delicious goat cheese and turkey sandwiches for lunch), so it was really nice to spend it with them and get some stocking action after two years of missing out. This was also our first Christmas with a baby in our immediate family, and my nephew’s involvement seems to validate our continued stocking tradition. Do other people still do stockings? Will I ever outgrow it?

After spending Christmas eve building a gingerbread house and catching up with family, it was soon time for the traditional Christmas Eve seafood gorging extravaganza. This year did not disappoint, with some fine dishes on offer – South Australian oysters with Cointreau, coriander and sweet chilli, smoked salmon, smoked albacore, mango & spinach salad, prawns, crays (ok, technically they’re Western Rock Lobsters but we’re on a nickname basis), herb crumbed fish and scallop & chorizo rosemary skewers.

Christmas Eve deliciousness, with Dad’s hand making the large prawns and cray slices looking like teeny tiny little things

My first plate.. seconds and thirds were enjoyed soon after

Although I haven’t outgrown my need for Christmas stocking treats, I’m glad to have mostly outgrown my inability to get to sleep on Christmas eve and next thing I know it’s the big day and Santa has been!

Our stockings, and a selection of my presents. Do you notice a theme?

After opening presents and stockings, and possibly enjoying a Bertie Beetle and Red Skin or two, it is time for real breakfast. Dad gets out the ham and slices off some nice thick pieces which my sister fries up with tomato and spinach, I poach some eggs, we put on some toast and soon we’re enjoying a nice stomach stretching breaky to prepare us for the day ahead.

Christmas breakfast

After some family visiting (making sure to avoid running over small children trying out new bikes and scooters) we’re soon preparing for the main event – Christmas lunch. We had three types of meat this year – pork, turkey and ham – and a selection of sides – greens sautĂ©ed with almonds, roast veges, broccoli & cauliflower cheese and of course my Mum’s famous stuffing. All delicious, and noone could help but go back for seconds of everything. I’m lucky to be part of such a family where gluttony is celebrated, and my eating prowess surely proves that I’m actually not adopted, like my sister used to tell me when I was little (well, that and my Dad’s nose sitting in the middle of my face and my Mum’s weird little toes sitting on the ends of my bony feet).

Christmas carnivorousness

Sassy sides

Don’t be shy, help yourselves

Numero uno

After a bit of a breather, it was time for the inaugural unveiling of my Christmas pudding, complete with flambĂ© excitement. No eyebrows were singed or curtains sacrificed, and I was satisfied with the amount of oohing and aahing. The pudding was accompanied with homemade vanilla custard, bought Brandy custard that was surprisingly delicious (Paul’s Premium Brandy Custard, made with real brandy apparently), cream and ice cream. My sister-in-law’s mother also made a trifle, and we had a nice plate of cherries. Less dishes than we usually have for Christmas dessert, but it was certainly more than enough.
Burn baby burn

Christmas dessert, ready for the attack

Christmas lunch was of course followed by much clutching of stomachs and moaning, followed by naps all round. Extended family then began arriving in the evening for more eating, bringing a selection of leftover meats, tasty salads and freshly baked bread.

Dinner salad selection

After having dessert leftovers, I then ignored the cries of those around me and decommissioned my gingerbread house. Ah surprise tinned mushrooms, when will the Christmas gifts stop coming?


You know that someone has enjoyed a fine day of Christmas consumption when they manage to bust a chair..
watch out for bum splinters

I hope you all had as good a Christmas as I did, and have much fun and excitement planned for tonight. As I type this I’m still unsure as to what exactly I’ll be doing tonight, but it will involve friends and the champers I have chilling in the fridge so it’s bound to be a good night.

Thanks to all for your support and comments over the past nine months, and here’s to a top start to the new decade! I wonder what 2010 has in store for us?