Its the most wonderful time, of the year

Christmas just happened. Weeks of prep disappeared into one day. And I’m so glad its over.

I don’t know about you, but Christmas Eve for me involved 12 hours of prep and so many dirty dishes I lost count (we don’t have a dishwasher). Both fridges and freezers were jam packed, and by the time I went to bed at midnight I didn’t really care, my legs, feet and back ached and I wanted to curl up in bed forever.

Not an option though, we were up crazy early to get the pork, ham, and turkey into our BBQ. All 18kgs of meat. Looked very pretty, but stress levels were high. The turkey, bless the damn thing, was particularly difficult. Three days of defrosting and it was still partially frozen.

I had lots of willing helpers on the day, but of course, I discovered earlier this year that I’m a bit of a control freak, so I struggled to delegate (but a no-nonsense sister-in-law brave enough to remove a knife from my hands helped sort that out).

I used just about every dish and appliance I own, and did three loads of dishes on the day (and a bomb site was still awaiting me on Boxing Day). The general consensus by our 16 adults and 10 kids we hosted for? They all want to book in again for next year. Its with great relief that I can decline. We do a one year in Brisbane and one year with my folks up north, so I get at least a two year reprieve.

And its never over, Boxing Day I was pulling apart the turkey carcass and cleaning the kitchen. Yesterday I started making headway with my leftovers. I still have enough turkey left to make a curry, and ham for both Pea and Ham soup and as a pizza topping.

My freezer is just about full of reorganised leftovers and after endless endless loads of dishwashing I have a delightful rash to contend with. Turns out my skin had enough after Boxing Day. Hello disposable catering gloves and dermatitis cream.

Tomorrow I might tackle some leftover oranges and turn them into a cake. Maybe. But today, aside from rearranging my recipe books, I’m not doing anything.

What We Ate Christmas Day

  • Orange and Cranberry Breakfast Scrolls – SmittenKitchen
  • Chocolate Babkas – SmittenKitchen
  • Cranberry Relish – taste.com.au
  • Jamie Oliver’s Make Ahead Gravy – jamieoliver.co
  • Chipolatas wrapped in bacon – old family favourite
  • Sausage and Bacon stuffing – Margret Fultons Christmas Cookbook
  • Pork and Apple stuffing – Margret Fultons Christmas Cookbook
  • New Orleans Coleslaw – Nigella Express
  • Potato Salad – taste.com.au
  • Garden Salad – my sister-in-law Roslyn
  • Quiche – my other sister-in-law Blair
  • Roast Pork – BBQ’d by my hubby
  • Bundy Rum Glazed Ham – from the Bundy Rum facebook page, worked well on a 7kg ham
  • One amazing Turkey – 7kg, BBQ’d the way my mum and I worked out a few years ago
  • Strawberry Ice Cream – Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker recipe booklet
  • Nutella and Marscarpone Pavlova – Jamie Oliver Magazine
  • Rum Balls – Donna Hay
  • Gingerbread Biscotti – SmittenKitchen

 

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