My friends – most of you will know that Christmas came early for us this year. My “little” sister came over from the UK and as it had been a long, long 30 years since we had shared Christmas we decided to gather everyone at our place and have it in October!
We did what we usually do at Christmas – the lights were on,the tree was up, the candles were hanging around the garden and the garden was looking so beautiful. Tracey received gifts ( yes, including a faux fur jacket and a knitted Irish hat – both of which she put on straight away!) and we had a house full of people dear to our hearts.
Here is the menu and some photos to share with you:
- Roast turkey. Stuffed with a dried fruit and toasted nut bread stuffing and baked in the Weber.
- Roast loin of pork, with crackling, cooked in the Weber.
- Sweet potato gratin. Thinly sliced orange sweet potato was put into a buttered baking dish and baked in a mixture of orange juice, melted butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Roasted vegetables – the same as last Christmas. The recipe is HERE
- Steamed broccoli
- Gravy and cranberry sauce
- A green salad made with lettuce,baby spinach, tomato, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, olives and basil and dressed with a lemon, olive oil and dijon mustard dressing
- My mum made the most beautiful desserts – a lemon tart and a gorgeous coffee and chocolate meringue torte along with mango ice-cream. Just perfect, so rich and beautiful, my favourite was the torte, it was spectacular
We ate outside on the back porch. There was the usual odd selection of chairs!
Myf had a function at work a couple of days prior and they allowed her to bring home 2 of the most stunning flower arrangements that they’d used for the event. They were just perfect for our Christmas theme and we put on in the hall to greet people as they came in and one on the lounge coffee table.(My baby looks so tired – she didn’t get in from work ’till 2am!)
The Christmas feast!
Those glorious desserts
I hope that your Christmas dinner is as perfect as ours was. It wasn’t formal, it wasn’t “fancy” but it was one of the loveliest meals ever 🙂 I know it can sound like a cliche but it is all about the caring and sharing 🙂 Blessings to you and yours at Christmas time.