Christmas Day 2013
Christmas. I still wake around 6am. Every year. The excitement doesn't fade. Well, it does somewhat. These days it's not about the presents, rather the pork time spent with family. It's all happiness, with bubbles and crackling and bonbons that won't crack, post-pork and pre-pudding naps and boozy-cream fuelled dream talk.
After a morning run along the beach, Ben and I drove to my parents' house for breakfast followed by present opening with mum, dad and my younger brother.
Family arrived and the feast began. This year mum did a different pork recipe (this apple cider pork shoulder recipe) and it was just lovely. Along with the overnight-cooked pork we had our annual assembly of awesome. There was ham off the bone, rolled and macadamia-stuffed turkey breast, roasted vegetables, two kinds of gravy, peas and...we forgot to put the other stuffing in the oven. Every year something gets left out. Last year it was the onions, this year it was the stuffing. And I love my stuffing. But you know what? We didn't even notice. I suppose that just goes to show how divine this spread was. Thank you, mum and dad. We are ever always impressed and grateful.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas, friends.