Well, now it actually is the night before Christmas. Well, at least the day before. The sun is shining – it’s so hot that you can’t go outside. Our house is unnaturally quiet as masters 6 and 3 have gone to terrorise their grandparents, OVERNIGHT, and won’t be back for one more blessed hour. This has meant that I have wrapped all the gifts, been to get the fresh fruit, and been to the supermarket, and am generally entirely ready for the big day tomorrow. As usual, Santa has completely over-bought for the children, and the lounge was a sea of gifts and wrapping paper – just wrapping it all up.
I have a pavlova in the oven from this recipe, and it looks as though it just might work out. I’ve never made a pavlova before, but this was truly so ridiculously easy I will never buy one again. It will be topped with cream and strawberries though, not that healthy yoghurt stuff! It is Christmas after all. The Christmas cake is all made too, and has been sitting quietly in it’s tin sipping brandy for a couple of weeks (shame I can’t say the same) and the mince pies I made have mostly been eaten… perhaps I can summon up a few more this afternoon. The last thing I have to do is pick the vegetables from the garden to bring to the Christmas table. (Cue sigh of happiness.)
Tomorrow we will be off to the family homestead, and after mass will begin feasting on:
Warm chelsea buns, and scones with jam and cream
then for lunch…
Chickens (3) Pumpkin, red onion and feta salad, with sugars nap peas from the garden, roast vegetable salad, green and yellow beans from the garden as well as freshly shelled peas.
And for afterwards…
Christmas pudding, perhaps brandy butter…?
Pavlova, perhaps even small meringues?
I know I know, no turkey or ham, but really this year with all of us facing some fiscal challenge or other, chickens seemed just as good, and far less expensive than the turkeys and hams for sale. And what’s it all about other than spending time with family in any case?
So the halls are decked, not with holly but with summery things, in this southern hemisphere Christmas. Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas, and a new year full of hope and challenge.
See you on the stairs,
PS – If you are super lucky I’ll post a Christmas photo or two.
PPS – The pavlova sunk.