I usually cross the ditch and head home to New Zealand to be with my family for Christmas, but given my recent visit I’ve decided to stay here in Oz this year. It can be a bit awkward being a Christmas orphan (no family in close proximity), but this year I’m sorted as I’ll be spending Chrissy on the Gold Coast with my boyfriend. I’m claiming rights over his kitchen, but I don’t think he minds 🙂
As a kid, Christmas breakfast would usually involve chocolate and lollies, from my newly opened stash of goodies from Santa. Dad would spend many hours in the kitchen preparing a feast for lunch, usually roast turkey with all the trimmings; wonderful apricot stuffing, homemade gravy (Dad’s specialty), a mountain of crispy roast veges, home grown beans and if there were many mouths to feed, a ham on the bone was carved up too.
Once plates were cleared from round one, dessert would be laid out for round two; trifle, pavlova, fruit salad and ice cream. My Aunty Sharon’s trifle is legendary, an old family recipe which she has mercifully passed on to me (the secret is ginger ale). Over-eating was par for the course, food comma nana naps a-plenty.
This year, I’m wondering what my Xmas day feast will look like. My bf loves seafood and here in Australia seafood seems to be a popular part of the Xmas day menu. Prawns on the barbie methinks?
In an attempt to find some interesting new healthy food options for Christmas I had wanted to sign up for a raw food class, raw fruit mince pies, raw gingerbread men and nut rissoles with cranberry chutney were going to be revealed – and they would have made scrummy additions to my healthy Xmas menu, but alas time got away on me and I ended up being in Brisbane when the class was held (on the Gold Coast). Oh dear never mind.
So, over the next few days I will be having much fun planning our Christmas day menu. We are hosting some Christmas orphans for lunch which gives me even more of an excuse to come up with something a bit special. My mission is to create a HEALTHY Christmas day feast that won’t freak people out by being too ‘weird’.
If I won the lottery, or Santa did, then my Christmas list would include a high powered blender (to take my smoothies to the next level), a dehydrator (to take my raw food repertoire to the next level) and a Hurom juicer (to take my juicing to the ultimate level). But in the mean time I am counting my many blessings and feeling very grateful for all the wonderful people I have in my life. I love Christmas. I really really do xx