Christmas 2012 Love

December 28, 2012

Well, Merry Christmas, dear ones.

It’s been an intensely fabulous year for Ben and I. We’ve been spoilt with much love and adventure,  opportunity and happiness. And 2013 looks to be just as exciting. Life is good.

Here is how my family celebrated Christmas this year…this truly wonderful year.


Ben and I cooked a Christmas Eve Sicilian Feast for my parents and brother in Red Hill. Fish and vodka is our tradition and so we obliged, merrily.

Swordfish Involtini (similar to these two recipes), Potato Caper Salad (similar to this recipe but with red onion and far more red wine vinegar) and Garden Greens.

Dad made a gorgeous Christmas Cherry Cocktail with vodka, fresh cherry juice, lemon syrup, a dash of ginger liqueur and some mint.

My beautiful family. Managing to snap a picture of the five of us was quite special – only two takes required.


Christmas morning I woke at 5:45am, like any excited six year old. I entertained myself by heading out for an awfully refreshing run around Red Hill. It was quite spectacular – Merry Christmas to me.

We then got this one out of bed…

…and feasted on fruit salad, as we settled into some serious present opening.

While cooking, Jackson made me an Amaretto Sour (similar recipe link) using some of the homemade Amaretto I gifted Dad this year.

It was gooooooood.

Family cooking time before loved ones arrived. Duck fat was involved.

Let’s eat.

Prosciutto wrapped melon…


…and bubbles.

For our Christmas lunch, we had the usual scrumptious spread put on by my terribly talented mother. I adore being her kitchen minion.

Rolled stuffed turkey; roasted carrots, potatoes, parsnip and onion; Jamie Oliver Overnight Pork, as is delicious tradition; ham; peas with mint and butter; cracklingstuffing – best; and gravy.

Christmas plate perfection.

Then there was Plum Pudding, made with our dear family recipe (mum sourced real suet!), and my beloved Boozy Sauce. A double batch, naturally.


Needless to say, Boxing Day breakfast was a treat.

Merry Christmas, lovelies. I hope your day was filled with festive eats, joy and cuddles. I feel very spoilt to have such beautiful loved ones around me. Spending Christmas day with both my parents and Ben’s parents was truly special. We capped off a fabulous year with pork and pudding for all.

Heidi xo

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  • Blithely Unaware December 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

    If I wasn't in the Philippines for Christmas next year I'd abandon the mothership for your Christmas table and leave Orlando and Hamish to fend for themselves.

    It looks, sensational. I'm actually thinking (as our Christmas next year will be Filipino food) we should do a Christmas in July here and just replicate all that you've made!

    The best of both worlds I say!

    Bookmarking now, remind me of this idea in May so I don't forget hahaahahhaa


  • Hannah December 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Oh, so much joy, so much sunshine, so much love. Merry Christmas, dear one.

    And oh, yes, 2013 is going to be beyond magnificent. Beyond, beyond. xo

  • Leah December 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    looks like a very delicious day indeed!

    Merry Christmas lovely lady, much love to you and your gorgeous family. Love the sound of the Christmas Cherry Cocktail! Well done Heidi's dad!

    2013 is going to be a sensational year! I can feel it in my waters 🙂

  • leaf (the indolent cook) December 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    All that delicious food, and your dad's cocktail does look and sound gorgeous and refreshing. So much happiness! Merry everything! 🙂

  • KittyCate December 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    What a wonderful Christmas you had! Everything looks just fantastic. Wishing you an equally fantastic 2013 hun! xx

  • Heidi December 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Blithely Unaware – Thanks, lovely 🙂 Christmas in July sounds like a fabulous idea! But the Philippines will be amazing too!

    Hannah – BEYOND! so much love.

    Leah – thanks, sweetness!! I hope next year is just as wonderful for you also 🙂

    Leaf – hehe thanks you, you too!

    Cate – thanks, lovely! Happy 2013!

    Heidi xo

  • Not Quite Nigella December 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    What a feast! I was looking forward to reading about another Red Hill gathering 😀 Glad that you had a Merry Christmas!!

  • Yasmeen December 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Oh how fabulous! Your menu looks lip smacking… love those cocktails too. You were so far ahead of the game, taking photos of everything! I gluttonously gobbled everything before I had time… ha. Merry Xmas and happy New Year! So much coming your way 🙂

  • Iron Chef Shellie December 31, 2012 at 8:57 am

    What a gorgeous Christmas, and amazing photos to capture it all! Love it! x

  • Heidi January 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Lorraine – thanks, lady 🙂

    Yasmeen – and you too!! It's going to be a great year 🙂

    Michele – thanks!

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments January 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    What a fab menu – yum all round. Looks like it was a perfect day.

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