On the eve of Christmas
December 24, 2009, 1:54 pm
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Things have been gearing up in the Morey household since I last posted. We now have Christmas cakes and shortbread, so freshly baked that the comforting fragrance of brandy, fruit and mixed spice still scent the air; the turkey portions are defrosting and the fresh beetroots have been boiled and are cooling, in preparation for tomorrow’s beetroot and goat’s cheese salad we’re having as one of the accompaniments. Butternut pumpkin is lined up ready to be diced and baked and combined with cannellini beans and rocket, and plump tomatoes, bocconcini and basil are all just  hankering to be sliced and presented on a platter.

 When my family lived in England for a spell, that hot roast Christmas dinner made so much sense. It was so cold you needed a hot dinner, plenty of hot veg, lashings of gravy and, a big surprise to me, plenty of brussel sprouts. I found a fabulous recipe for parsnips, onion and cream that was to die for.

But that was England. Here, the summer temps lend themselves to a mix of hot and cold.   You can do it the traditional way, with all roast meat and veg, and plenty of people do, or you can do it any way you like, combining hot and cold as we are, and/or using lobsters and prawns, BBQ chicken and chips for a picnic or even a BBQ on the beach. Anything goes.

For us we’ve found the menu changes yearly. A bit of this, a taste of that, trying to take advantage of the best of the season. New for us this year is Mango Trifle! Here it is, in all its glory…

Wonderful RITA winning author and great friend, Marion Lennox, gave me the recipe and the girls helped me construct it. I can’t wait to taste it tomorrow. Thank you Marion!

We’ll have home made pudding for the purists as well, but it’s summer here and while only 25C forecast,  it’s fun to try something new, especially when it involves seasonal mangos:-))

I hope that wherever you are in the world and whatever is on your Christmas menu, that you receive  a little Christmas magic.

Getting away from food, another fabulous writer friend and RITA finalist, Barbara Hannay, sent this picture, a snap taken along the road between her home in Far North Queensland and Brisbane – a little spot called Christmas Creek – and I loved it so much I had to post it here.

This is but one of the fabulous photo’s also featured on Barb’s blog, which you might want to check out because it gives you a real slice of living in Far North Queensland and gives a fabulous taste of and insight into the warmth of the outback communities and the characters that inhabit them.  Of course, Barbara’s books give you even more insight. Do look out for them – I know you won’t be disappointed.

And here’s something just for fun, because we all deserve a little fun every  now and then. Another Christmas gift and this time from talented writer friend and RITA finalist, Bronwyn Jameson.

Thanks Bron!

It’s already Christmas Day here and Santa has some stockings to fill (some things never change:-))

Here’s wishing you all the best of the season, wherever you are in the world!



4 Comments so far
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OOOh that mango trifle looks yummy Trish….must get the recipe…

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and see you in the new year!!

Comment by Eleni Konstantine

You bet, Eleni. You will just love it!

See you in the new year!


Comment by Trish Morey

Thinking of you this holiday season and wishing you a very Happy New Year. Cheers! xx

Looking forward to His Mistress for a Million.

Comment by Marilyn

Happy festive sesason, Marilyn!

I have my author copies for HMFAM already. Let me know privately if you’d like me to send you one:-))

Best wishes for the new year,


Comment by Trish Morey

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