Merry Christmas everyone, I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas day filled with family, friends, food, love and joy.
This Christmas has been a bit of a strange one for me. All my good intentions and plans were shot to pieces when I came down with a rotten virus. I have been extremely sick for 2 weeks, continuous coughing and feeling like the living dead. They thought I had whooping cough and I was quarantined until the results came back. They were negative, but to be honest, made no difference, I still felt horrid. No sleep due to coughing makes for one very emotional shell of a girl.
I am still coughing and I have actually lost my voice, but I will get better. So being hit by this horrid thing really threw my plans out the window.
All my planned Christmas baking did not happen, did not have the strength or energy.
I missed out on my soon to be sister-in-law’s hens night, as I felt like death and at that stage had no idea of how contagious I was (was still under quarantine). That was the last wedding present I wanted to give to her, the wedding is on the 28th December.
My best bud, Ms Lily, was heading overseas for an epic 2 month trip. Our planned Christmas lunch was cancelled and proper, goodbyes of have fun, enjoy etc did not happen.
My other best bud, again I could not catch up with before Christmas due to my illness. The lovely Ms Shelly is pregnant so, again, no way I was giving this to her. That also meant I did not get to see Princess Ava and give her my Christmas pressies. Again very sad.
Traditionally Christmas Eve is spent at my parents. My dad is Latvian and we celebrate on Christmas Eve. Sadly, see another sadly, this was the last Christmas Eve at their house. Mum and Dad are moving up to Coolangatta, for the warmth and to downsize. So it was an emotional night, but also a lovely evening with Mum’s cooking.
For pre drink nibbles I made some parmesan crisp topped with pesto and oven roasted cherry tomatoes.
I also took along some piragi, Latvian bacon buns. I did get up the energy to make one batch, as for me it is not Christmas unless we have these.
There were oysters for our entree, Kilpatrick, wasabi mayo and ones with a Thai style dressing. Josh just had Kilpatrick as he still cannot face raw oysters. It was all totally delicious with the Thai ones being my favourite.
Mum did the usual turkey buff, orange and butter under the skin, it was moist and perfectly cooked. The traditional red cabbage was served along with this (I love my red cabbage), again not Christmas without this. Mum decided to experiment with a Donna Hay recipe for baked onion potatoes which were really wonderful.
Josh attacking the pav
Dessert was a pavlova topped with strawberries, blueberries and passionfruit, scrumptious!
Happy Josh with Xbox
My very wanted foodie pressie
Christmas morning was an early one. It is sort of funny considering Josh is now 18 and knew what he was getting (he bought it with me), but he still dragged my butt out of bed early. Presents opened. Sally our dog excited as anything, she loves Christmas.
For breakfast I made some eggnog french toast served simply with some gorgeous strawberries.
Christmas day was a bit of a funny one. Things were a little up in the air for a while. My bro-in-law had generously offered to have Christmas at his place. Sort of a silly move considering they are getting married a couple of days later. Needless to say, that plan was changed a couple of days out from Christmas and moved to my MIL’s place. I think any person out there that caters for the family Christmas get together would understand the initial stress this placed on her. We all know it isn’t just about the food.
Saying that, it was a fantastic day. My bro/sis-in-law brought gorgeous prawns and oysters. Totally delicious.
I made some crocodile Thai cakes, which went down very well. I actually didn’t tell anyone they were eating crocodile until everyone had tried them. Umm……. it sort of tastes like chicken.
My MIL made a turkey roll (her favourite) plus stuffing. I baked a ham, which was glazed with honey and orange with almonds. I was really pleased with how it turned out. Bro/sis-in-law brought along a Greek salad as well as a potato salad, both delicious.
Dessert was a light custard and jelly trifle made by my MIL, very Christmassy in colours.
Bro & Sis-in-lawMac & Aunty JuneJosh & MIL aka NanaThe tribe
It ended up being a really relaxed day with family, including the lovely Aunty June out from Ireland (one of many Irish out here for the wedding). It was so nice to chill as a family before the wedding in a couple of days.
All of us ended up with very full tums after stuffing ourselves. Even Sally was waddling, I think I mentioned she loves Christmas.