Of course it's way too late to show you the Beach House Australian Christmas story, but there are very few rules here and I'd like it in the family archive, so I thought I would share it with you anyway. This Christmas turned out to be a really good one, with lovely food and fun and interesting company.
As an only child, with no first cousins, sadly I have only my mum from my childhood family with me these days. I always start to worry about who's doing what for Christmas in early September, which is ridiculous, as it usually turns out to be a really nice day. It's always a good lesson in letting the universe come up with a result. Mr Beach House has way more clout than me about what we will do, because he has a large and close family.
As for my immediate family, we usually do a lovely family breakfast, with just the five of us. The kids and their present opening, is one of the best bits of the day and mum is way too generous, so the kids have a ball. This year, I felt less stressed because I did not have to turn myself in knots, over the Santa issue, with the biggest Beach House Brat. When the littlest found Santa's wrapping paper in my wardrobe, she bought my line about Santa leaving every family the wrapping paper left overs. Phew!!!!!
|Reset for Breakfast. It's lots of work, but worth it when you actually get to sit down and enjoy it.|
I also like to do a special dinner on Christmas Eve, as a way of stopping and just being together for the start of the holiday. We had a lovely meal with just the four of us, as mum did not want to stay the night. I bought the Aldi duck in a chook, in a turkey, ensemble and it was really fabulous. I wish they did them year round, as I can completely recommend it for next year.
That plate is so over loaded and could have been styled a whole let better, but when I was trying to serve a Christmas Eve dinner, respectable shots for the blog were the last thing I was thinking about.
Dessert was Eton Mess, primarily for it's red colour scheme and ease of assembly. We ate way too much on Christmas Eve, but of course it was delicious and I will be sharing the easy recipe successes with you, at some point.
Believe me, there were some recipe failures as well.
The potato dauphinous collapsed when I unmoulded it. It tasted great, but unlike the beautiful wedges I planned on slicing, it was a jumbled mess by the time it made the plate.
I think the tablescape (above) was worth sharing, as it looked very pretty. I had a white table cloth and rolled out some silver and white wrapping paper from IKEA down the centre. Atop that, was pine leaves, mini pine cones and the snowflake lights from IKEA, which I think are the bees knees. It looked so pretty, as it got darker.
|Paper hats out of the bon bons, seem to be now an Australian Christmas Tradition, originally adopted from the UK.|
Before bedtime, the Littlest Beach House Brat pondered over whether Santa would leave his sugar snow foot prints this year. Happily for her anyway, 'he' did.
The Birkenstock buckles left a weird imprint in the 'snow', but she never noticed and her excitement was definitely worth the messy cleanup in the morning.
Unfortunately, I was too into breakfast to shoot it, but I made wholewheat banana pancakes and this time served them with a beautiful red berry compote, pure maple syrup and natural yoghurt.
Lunch was at my sister and brother inlaws in the inner west and it was a lovely relaxed affair, with gorgeous food, warm company and a few presents.
|The Turkey was served with Moroccan spiced roast vegetables.|
We often do seafood for an Australian Christmas lunch, but this year we had a beautiful turkey, sourced from an inner west Italian butcher, with all the trimmings. I am not a fan of turkey, but this was stunning.
I was asked to bring a salad and a cheese platter.
Apart from some blue cheese, I also did this large Camembert wheel with a homemade sweet capsicum and chilli jam, Toasted walnuts and rosemary to garnish. The colours were Christmasy and it was a bit of a show stopper. I will share the recipe soon, as it really was lovely. The jam can be done many days before serving and it was completely delicious and impressive.
The intermittent rain throughout the day, did not dampen the usual post lunch cricket match for the die hards. The cooler temps, also made it the perfect weather to consume our hot lunch.
After a few overs, it was back to the Christmas tree in the front room for some Christmas caroling around the piano and present opening. It's another exciting aspect to the day.
It was a happy memorable day and all over for yet another year. Each Christmas is different and special in its own way. In our family though, it essentially follows this format each year. I hope you enjoyed a tour of our typical Australian Christmas.
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