Nerdy Santa, with his adoring Elf
Lunch is looming, guests are arriving soon.
Turkey and Beef need to go onto the BBQ.
Ham is coming with Sheryl and the Salmon for Dale, was leftovers from Christmas Eve dinner.
Green Bean Salad
The Famous Stuffing Balls
All in all an excellent feast.
This year I wasn't quite so diligent about the photo taking and we are missing one guest from the shots.
One Craig Walsh Wrightson, actually I note that Dale is not in the shots either. Oh well. They were there.
Plus we are also missing the puddings.
OMG they were so good. Helen made her Christmas Pud, teamed with Rum Butter
Chris made an Eton Mess. There wasn't even anything leftover for me to shoot. Oh well.
C'est La Christmas
First we had some Cooked Prawns with an excellent Tartare sauce.
1 cup Mayo (shop bought is OK)
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
3 tablespoons chopped pickles...we like bread and butter cucumber
2 tablespoons chopped capers
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Zest of 1 lemon
Lemon juice to taste
Good shot of your favourite hot sauce
Mix well and leave in fridge for at least 2-3 hours for flavours to meld
Longer if possible
In fact it will keep for a few days
Pate and crackers, all washed down with some chilled Methode Champagnoise
The prawns were roasted click here to fine out how to cook these.
So so simple, so so good
Really the best way to cook them in my books.
This year, we cooked Turkey Breasts
Helen had heard Chef Extraordinaire, Mr Tony Astle, from Antoines Restaurant in Auckland, suggest that steaming the Turkey breasts was the way to go.
We had bought ready stuffed breast from Farro Fresh, Auckland's Boutique Market click here
Our problem was no oven but we did have BBQ's
So Helen rolled the breasts, wrapped them in foil,
We made a water bath, in a foil roasting dish
Made sure the dish wasn't sitting on direct heat
So tender and moist. Will do that again. The stuffing contained cranberries as of course it should.
Stuffing balls, our family tradition, recipe here
So time for the Secret Santa
Santa needed a little padding. Don't you love the nerdy glasses. He was very proud of himself.
One can score points, when someone gets the phrases right...
e.g "My husband and I" etc
So it was time for a little fishing off our jetty
Someone was little tired and emotional, she needed a lift home