Christmas and Boxing Day this year was spent at my parents... with a full tree, the sounds of squeals while opening gifts, alot of follow-up Lego building and way too much food.
Christmas Day in Sydney was cool with a bit of rain, perfect for our hot feast of roast pork, turkey and ham with all the trimmings... and the warmer Boxing Day was our new tradition from the last couple of years of seafood lunch with marinated prawns, prawn cocktail and a salmon. I've never made a prawn cocktail before, but I made up a sauce from Taste website and it was delicious (with a change to the cream from the recipe).
Prawn Cocktail Sauce
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup thickened cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
Dash of tobasco sauce
Just throw all the ingredients together and mix. For the adults we drizzled it over the prawns and shredded iceburg lettece and the kids had it as a dipping sauce.
As a first this year, I didn't make our Christmas Pudding but instead we tried Heston Blumenthal's Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding. Last year it sold out so we grabbed it early this year and it was delicious. We decided to microwave it instead of steaming for 3 hours, which I think dried out the sides a little bit, but it was lovely and moist inside. Not a huge pudding though... well not for my hungry clan!
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with their family. Our first couple of days are being spent doing a BIG clean-up of our toy room, I am being ruthless in toy culling and in the meanwhile making room for all their new Christmas goodies.