I know. A week has past since Christmas day. I have read other blogs recounting Christmas foods and have been delighted. I am back in Melbourne now, and going to follow through on my promise of showing you what was eaten on Christmas day and beyond. Oh the food!
My parents are appreciators of fine food. Which is probably why I am. My Mum is an amazing cook, and she and I (well, she mostly) prepared a Christmas feast. Actually, most of my holiday was spent eating.
Here is how we started Christmas day. Gone are the 5.00 am wake ups. I gave those up when I worked in retail – Christmas day was my only sleep in! I was up at around 8.00 am. A freshly laid duck egg in my Noddy eggcup (Dad’s was in his Liverpool eggcup), cheesy toast and baked beans.
My parents now have ducks. There are seven living in the former dog run. They are quite funny – they love to splash about in the makeshift ponds – a plastic doll’s pram and the giant clamshell paddling pool we bought for Toby dog (but he was afraid of water!).
Two small onions from the garden and some dried apricots
A duck egg
Two gingerbread men
All mixed together with a small bit of butter and salt and pepper in the food processor
And pork mince mixed in post food processing
Here is Mum stuffing the duck with the gingerbread stuffing. She boned it. Clever!
The rolled duck
And the cooked duck. So delicious. The stuffing was divine. Note, this is not one of my parents’ ducks.
On Christmas day we had the duck, some goose, and ham,
Potatoes and pumpkin in goose fat
My plate of food:
Dessert was meringues filled with yoghurt and topped with berries.
This is me with Mum and Dad on Christmas afternoon. I had a great stay with them.
The gorgeous table settting
We ate veal rolls – stuffed with blue cheese and garnished with fried sage
Prawns and lobster
Mum’s mango salsa (tomato, coriander, mango)
Rocket and pumpkin salad
Mum’s potato salad with home made mayonaise
In the late afternoon, some more friends stopped by. I had met their son in a different hospital when I was about eight too. We mostly talked about food. And marveled how we’ve maintained our friendship after meeting in hospital all those years ago.
And of course, we ate food!
These are beautiful homemade shortbread biscuits that my manager gave to me. They have dried fruit in them. So yummy.
And Mum made this citrus tart, which was made with duck eggs and home grown lemons. Delicious beyond words. Fruity desserts are my favourite.