The holiday season is a great time to catch up with family and friends, relax and take some time out from the routine of daily life. We eat loads of good food, drink too much and if we’re lucky, squeeze in a few extra hours of sleep by having a sneaky afternoon nap on the couch or scoring a lazy morning sleep in.
I do hope you and your loved ones had a mucho relaxo break filled with quality time together, lots of laughs, fabulous food and afternoon naps.
I enjoyed a sunny seaside Christmas with family in Victoria, on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Our holiday table – on a balcony overlooking the trees and water – was covered with bright and delicious vegetable dishes including a lentil, sweet potato and broccoli salad, a whole baked cauliflower, Ma’s famous potato salad, baked capsicums stuffed with cous cous and chickpeas and a beetroot, mint and feta salad.
For lunch one day my Uncle and I cooked Thai curries with his homemade curry paste – a recipe he learnt at a Blue Elephant cooking class in Bangkok. I made a veg version loaded with eggplant, zucchini, onion, capsicum and green beans, served with rice and topped with fresh coriander and lime wedges. Having homemade curry paste on hand is a fantastic idea that makes for a quick and easy meal.
We experimented with some brilliant haloumi and mint pizzas (recipe coming soon), took Lulu for walks and spotted dolphins and stingrays as we strolled along the pier, brunched at a cafe on the main street and lounged around the house. On the day I flew home we headed to Melbourne for a fabulous Malaysian lunch which I’ll share in my upcoming Eating Highlights for December.
Eating, drinking and relaxing – it was essentially my ideal holiday agenda.
My Aunty put me on to the simplest summer dessert – a big bowl of fresh berries, mixed with a berry coulis and topped with fresh mint leaves. Perfect when served with cream or ice cream. Who doesn’t love fresh fruit! I know I’ll be keeping this one in mind as a super easy sweet treat for entertaining.
Do tell friends, how did you spend your Christmas break?
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