I have been a little absent this week, have had to lay low as I have had some unusual back pain. Am off to see my surgeon on Friday but in the meantime I have to rest as much as I can.
Yesterday I planned our Christmas lunch menu...sat on the sofa with a number of magazines & books. We usually do a lovely breakfast (croissants, smoked salmon and cream cheese, preserves, raspberries & cream and a fruit platter with juices, sparkling wine and lots of coffee) and then one main meal for the day, served around 3pm or so...there are lots of leftovers if anyone happens to get hungry.
This year our menu is...
Oysters with Wasabi, Soy & Sesame Dressing Tiger Prawns Moreton Bay Bugs Lemon Aioli
Roast Loin of Pork with Apple & Sage Stuffing Barbecues Salmon with Mango & Coriander Salsa Roast Duckling with Sour Cherries Ham off the Bone
Crispy Rosemary Potatoes Roasted Tomato & Red Onion Salad Asparagus with Lime Butter Wild Rice & Cranberry Salad Mixed Green Salad (greens from our garden)
Poached Champagne Peaches Christmas Trifle
To be served with the appropriate wines of course. I'll also probably make a festive punch for those not drinking alcohol.
It seems ridiculous to me to do the whole hot roast dinner when living in the sub-tropics. It will quite probably be around 28-32C (82-90F) here on Christmas Day so the meal needs to be adapted to suit the climate. I'll cook the pork, duck, salmon and potatoes in the barbecue out on the back verandah to keep the house cooler and to give me some space. It can still remain very festive & special. Many families eat outdoors or have a Christmas barbecue or picnic, a very sensible idea indeed.
After lunch we will quite probably either sleep or swim in the pool, possibly both.
Just once in my lifetime though I'd love to do the white Christmas thing in a cold climate.
Just as a side note...last weekend John was shopping and saw legs of ham that had been reduced in price. He thought they were very reasonable so decided to purchase one. When he got to the checkout the ham scanned at the original price so he was lucky enough to get it free of charge. Have to love the Scanning Code of Conduct, don't you...??? It was around $45.00 worth of ham, free of charge.
Mid-40 something, left leaning Mum with two children at home...one I gave birth to, one given to me with love. Have recently relocated to Queensland for lifestyle reasons...my partner John & I decided it was time to merge our two little families. It's all kinds of fun and at times manic but we consider ourselves very blessed.