Christmas food roundup

Christmas food roundup

My life fairly regularly revolves around food, I really love it. We hosted both Christmases this year, Christmas Eve with JA’s dad, Katie and Pete, and Christmas day with Mum & Dad, Aunt Lynelle & Rob, Nandy, and Miriam joined us this year too. So I needed to make a lot of food! Lucky for me, mum organised a massive leg of ham, as well as a yummy salad, and Pete got 5 kilos of prawns through his work, so we were set for those too. Here are some piccies of everything we pigged out on enjoyed over the past couple of days:
Christmas Food
Clockwise from Top: Appertisers; Lobster; Potato Salad; Ferrero Rocher Choccies; Prawns; Fruit Salad; Fruit Salad (we had this for dessert on mini meringues with fresh whipped cream mmmm yum); snacks & presents; my Pasta Salad; Roast Chicken; Ham, Turkey, Pumpkin & Fetta Salad, Grape Tomato & Bocconcini appertisers.

Today we went to the Hellenic Club in Woden to have lunch with my extended family, I went with the Chicken Snitty, it’s always a winner.

We have about 15kg’s of ham leg left over in our fridge, so I think we’ll be having ham sandwiches for dinner!

Thanksgiving 2010 recap

Thanksgiving 2010 recap

This is the first year I’ve hosted a thanksgiving, I think I’d like to make it a tradition with our friends from now on. They really enjoyed the novelty of it, since not a lot of Aussies celebrate Thanksgiving.

On Thanksgiving day we had JA’s dad, his sister Katie & her boyfriend Pete, ChloĆ© & Scott, and Lexi over for thanksgiving dinner. I think I enjoyed it because I didn’t have to actually do anything in preparation. The Thursday was our biggest deadline of the year at work, where we have to have all the students marks done to give back to them (“Handback day”), so there was no chance of me doing any house cleaning or food prep during the week leading up to Thursday. Luckily for me, I have an amazing husband, who came home early and cleaned the whole house. His dad then came over with a big turkey and candied yams (sweet potato & marshmallows) to bake. Katie brought scalloped potatoes, and Clo and Lex both brought salads. It was a feast! Yum.


Then on Sunday evening we had another family dinner at JA’s mom’s place, with Katie and Pete again, my mum, and Pete’s parents. Thanksgiving at Susan’s is always really nice, and so very filling, and this time we got to share it with new people so that was fun too.



Ahhh my favourite past-time… food. nom nom nom

Happy Halloween : part 2

Happy Halloween : part 2

Halloween Cupcakes
Yesterday I made some spooky cupcakes to celebrate Halloween, then walked over with JA and the dogs to Clo’s house to give a couple to them. They turned out a treat, I think they look better in real life though!









pancakes for breakfast

pancakes for breakfast

My favourite recipe of all time for pancakes comes from my Family Circle Kid’s Cookbook, which I’ve had since I was about 7. It clearly says “pancakes” but the product is definitely crepes. Which in my opinion are much much yummier than pancakes anyway.

I made these for our breakfast on Saturday morning, yum.
pancakes

What a lovely afternoon

What a lovely afternoon

Today I hosted another Tea Party, this one being much more successful than the last (where everyone canceled and it was my mum and I eating all the finger food by ourselves haha! disaster). 11 gorgeous girls came over (including school friends, work friends, mums and my 90 year old Nandy) to play ladies, and we ate and drank and laughed for a good few hours.

Tea Cups

Tea Cups supplied by my mum, napkin rings made by moi, expensive paper doily looking elegant on the table

Teapot

Teapot supplied by my Nandy

I really like entertaining, and the best part is planning and decorating (I think I was born to plan parties, I always have much more fun in the planning stages than in the actual party! Having everyone around today was fabulous though. For my “high tea” party today, I borrowed teapots and fancy teacups and saucers from my mum and Nandy (I don’t own any “fancy” ones, I just have lots of mugs). I bought some pink fragrant flowers, and some el cheapo paper doilies (I also don’t own anything “frilly”). I made a very rough and ready bunting from pink and purple paper triangles stapled to white ribbon, and made some pretty napkin rings from craft paper. I also made cute little paper flags on toothpicks to put through the sandwiches. I also made some pretty labels for each tea.

Tea Labels

Tea Labels, kindly labelled by Miri's hand

I baked fresh scones with jam and whipped cream, mini quiches (very proud of these, they were delish even though I had no idea what I was doing… hard to muck up a quiche though!), creme cheese & cucumber sandwiches, and mini cupcakes. My mum brought over a tuna slice and ChloĆ© made a zucchini slice (a fair effort after a late night out, thanks Clo!). We had 6 different types of tea, and fruit juice. I also bought these conversation starters from kikki.k, but who was I kidding, we didn’t need them. 12 ladies in one room needing conversation starters? I think not, you couldn’t shut us up if you tried. I think they’ll come in handy in the future though, and they’re cute.

Scones

Freshly baked scones with jam and whipped cream

Mini cupcakes

Mini Cupcakes with butterflies

Miri came over a bit early and helped set up by folding these fabulous napkin origami flowers for the glasses:

Origami Napkin Flowers

Origami Napkin Flowers

When I was putting a few of the pretty things together last night (and proudly holding them up to JA after I finished each one saying “See? Pretty!” while he rolled his eyes) I liked the idea that for an afternoon I’d be transforming a little corner of my home into this pretty, English, floral, frilly space, just for fun, to “Play Ladies” (as my Nandy would put it). And I liked that I could indulge in the “frill” for this occasion, but be able to put it all back away again afterward and go back to my nice, neutral, rustic/modern interior that is way less pink.

It was fun to play ladies for an afternoon though, especially with good friends and yummy food =) And we raised $90 for the Cancer Council, woot!

Table set up for the tea party

Table set up for the tea party