Merry Christmas 🙂
This is our second Christmas in the USA. Last year we arrived in the USA about 8 days before Christmas. Omg, the year has gone so quickly.
Anyway, we had a lovely Christmas. We had Christmas lunch, which we kind of found out is more common in Australia than the USA.
We don’t go overboard with material gifts at our house either. A few gifts to make the kids happy and then a nice lunch.
- Chicken soup. A Croatian-Australian special meal is not complete without with soup! Can you imagine eating hot soup during a hot Australian summer? Haha. Crazy I know, but tradition! Lol.
- Pork loin roast with roast vegetables. Recipe is here.
- Beetroot salad with feta ( a Jamie Oliver favourite of mine).
- Green beans and asparagus
- Potato salad, Croatian style
- Quinoa tabbouleh. Recipe here. I really love this tabbouleh with quinoa more than the traditional way it’s made (with something other than quinoa, but I don’t remember what it’s called).
- Bread – I made my own bread rolls, because I still haven’t found good bread where I live. I would like to add that mark forgot some delicious home made French baguettes on the train. Made and given to him by a lovely French lady that makes great French bread. I almost cried when he told me he forgot it on the train.
- Pavlova – and of course no special occasion is the same without a pav. Mine keep cracking, but it still tastes delicious!
- Kifle – I made some Croatian kifle. They are like jam filled shortbread biscuits/cookies. This was my first attempt ever. My mum normally makes these around Christmas time and I was craving them. The jam filling is like a really thick plum jam. More like a paste. I found plum jam, but I could not find the specific type of Croatian jam my mum uses. Regular jam kinda explodes from the sides, whereas the other jam is more stable when baking. Oh and when I rolled mine I didn’t do it properly and the end bit began to stick up when baking. So they basically look horrible, but taste great.
- Honey biscuits – my mother in law makes honey biscuits at Christmas time and they smell and taste delicious. My first attempt this Christmas and they turned out great. I did end up icing them all.
With only the 4 of us this is a lot of food. A lot of left overs. It is a lot of work to make Christmas lunch/dinner. Like a special meal. Not like the simple meals I make daily. I didn’t realize how much work it was until I did it myself. Before now I would just rock up at mum and dad’s place or my aunties and enjoy the lovely meal they prepared for Christmas lol. It’s just very time consuming. I don’t normally make 4 or 5 different sides with our everyday lunches and dinner, or a selection of desserts, lol.