Christmas 2012 Love

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 thesetwo 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; andgravy.

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