Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! We had a lovely family reunion dinner at my parents’ home tonight. Those photos will be posted soon. In the meantime, I’m still catching up on a backlog of posts I didn’t publish due to the redesign of the site. I know it’s terribly late but I hope you’ll still enjoy the Christmas posts – here’s the first! :D
On Christmas day, Jac and I had lunch with her family.
Jac’s brother Brad cooked two roasts in the barbecue – roast pork and roast lamb. Here they are just before he lifted the lid and placed them on the barbecue.
We had prawn cocktails for starters, made by Jac’s mum Pattycakes, with Auntie Lorna’s special dark and spicy prawn cocktail sauce. The juicy cold prawns were delicious with the sauce, which had a surprising kick to it. As we enjoyed our prawn cocktails, forks clinking on the glass dishes, sucking the meat out of the prawn tails, the lamb and pork cooked in the barbecue outside while other delicious aromas emanated from the kitchen.
We took a break from eating to relax and open Christmas presents – and then it was onto the main course!
We also had a platter of roasted vegetables cooked by Jac’s mum – onions, carrots, sweet potato, potato and pumpkin.
We had two turkey roasts, contributed by Jac and me – a turkey thigh toast (not pictured) and a turkey breast roast.
In addition to the lamb, pork and turkey roasts, there was roast chicken and roast chicken stuffing, all on a giant platter of meat.
We let our big lunch settle for a while before having dessert, which was a rich Christmas chocolate cake from Michel’s Patisserie. “I bags the snowman!” Savannah quickly said. “Awwwww!” said Max, and then…
The kids are real chocoholics and absolutely loved the rich muddy cake. It was the best kind of moist chocolate cake that sticks to the back of your teeth as you eat it. Here’s Savannah’s big slab of chocolate cake with a dollop of brandy cream and the snowman from the top of the cake. Max did get the tree with his piece of cake. :)
Kelsie and the kids had also made the mini Christmas puddings like they did last year. We got some to take home, along with a selection of Kelsie’s homemade rum balls. :D
As we dug our spoons into the chocolate cake and munched on mini puddings, Kelsie showed us Max’s recent prize – he’d correctly guessed how many jelly beans were in the bucket and won the bucket of jelly beans!
If I had a bucket of jelly beans, I reckon it would last me a year or even longer. But that’s because I don’t really eat that many lollies. I like them, but eat them very slowly (of course, if it was a bucket of fried chicken, that would be an entirely different story!). I have a bag of gummy Coke bottles sitting in the pantry right now that I reckon will last me ages, and I’m still slowly munching my way through a box of Junior Mints. :D Anyway, by this time, I was nursing a serious chocolate headache while Max, his face streaked chocolate brown and his tongue green from the Christmas tree, was trying to convince his mum he really needed another piece of cake. Heheheh. Gotta love Christmas.