|Honey Glazed Ham|
I can't write about the holidays without mentioning the feast that my family prepared on Christmas night... all the right elements were involved. Oven baked ham, turkey, seafood (lobsters, prawns and oysters oh my!) not to mention the trout (delicious). Then there were family favourites that we bring out every year.
Desserts deserve their own category. We had the most delicate little dessert ice-cream thingies that my aunty picked up, probably from some obscure, hidden cake shop that she has discovered on her quest to find the perfect dessert.
Even my mother drove from the northern beaches side of Sydney to Bondi just to purchase a particular chocolate cake.
|Potato Salad with mint and parsley dressing|
I must mention that we have around 30 + relatives that do Christmas dinner together, it wasn't like we had a party of 5 trying to get through all that is pictured.
|One of the seafood platters|
During the night we managed to get all of us in front of a mac to Skype relatives of ours in Italy as they woke up on Christmas day. It was a true cross continent bonding moment.
What is a Christmas without the turkey and home made cranberry sauce?
Pictured to the right is a type of Veal Schnitzel one of my aunties makes that always goes down a treat. You normally have to be quick, no dish is guaranteed- in our family if you snooze you definitely lose.
Nothing says 'we are Italian' more than having lasagna on Christmas- it might not be traditional, but it tasted pretty damn good.
Another aunty of mine hosts a gingerbread house making day with a few of friends. I've never attempted to make one myself- sometimes it is hit and miss with the actual taste of the gingerbread- this one was practically perfect- not too overpowering with the ginger and not too sweet.
Throw in a bit of fruit to make the whole night seem healthier...
I'm not sure what these little treats were- some sort of trifle type thing maybe? They definitely look pretty...
These are the mini ice-creams I mentioned earlier- seriously amazing. They had an outer shell of white or milk chocolate and were either vanilla or chocolate flavoured. A whole ball could easily fit in your mouth in one bite. Just enough for a taste, not enough to expand your waist- though considering all that we consumed that night, I'm not sure that the ice-cream was going to make much of a difference.
Needless to say I rolled out of the door that night- fully satisfied and very merry. I hope everyone had a fantastic festive break, if only it lasted longer!