Thursday, January 01, 2009

Christmas 2008: Christmas Dinner

Happy New Year everyone! Hope y'all had a great night last night. We got Pizza Hut for dinner (my other local pizza place was closed!), and went down to Fed Square to see the fireworks. Boy howdy, it was crowded! My new year's resolutions are to eat healthier, exercise more, save money, keep my house clean, and to learn German properly (inserting random Deutsch words into my sentences doesn't count).

Anyhoo, I've still got a couple of Christmas posts to get through, so please enjoy these pics of our Christmas dinner!

All the best for 2009!

xox Sarah


Christmas Dinner for 7


Roast Turkey (How to Eat)
Roast Potatoes (How to Eat)
Red Cabbage

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Chestnuts (Feast)
Baked Carrots

Bread Sauce (How to Eat)

Cranberry Sauce (From a jar)

Gravy (How to Eat)

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Cream (The Roux Brothers on Patisserie)








A few short notes - I wouldn't bother brining the turkey. I tried this last year for a Christmas in July, and it still turned out dry! I just do what Oma Resel in Germany does: cover it in butter, and baste it in beer. I could only find frozen Brussels sprouts and canned chestnuts, so they were a little fluffier and more mealy than I'd normally like. I got my cranberry sauce out of a jar this year. It's easy to make, but expensive, and buying a little jar means you're less likely to waste it. The Christmas pudding was beautiful, but very boozy. My family seemed to like it, but it was quite strong for me. Instead of the brandy cream, I would have preferred plain wHipped cream, or custard.

3 comments:

Randi said...

How much is a bag of cranberries? Here, its 2.49, sometimes on sale for 1.99. I've seen them for 1.50 in the States.

Kelly-Jane said...

Happy New Year Sarah!

Your Christmas feast looks gorgoeus.

KJxx

Sarah said...

Hey Randi,

A 500g pack of frozen cranberries here (we can't get fresh in Oz) is $5.77, whereas a a 275g jar of sauce is about $3.70. But even though the jarred sauce is smaller, it lasts for longer. And we only ever end up eating a small amount. When I make cranberry sauce from scratch, I inevitably end up wasting lots of it cos it goes mouldy before I think of how to use it, lol.

Hi KJ - thank-you!

xox Sarah