Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas in the bush

This year we went camping for Christmas.

On the beach we made a candle runway for Father Christmas and his sleigh, although it was too windy to actually light the candles.

On Christmas morning we woke up to the water lapping just metres from our swags, strong billy tea and breakfast cooked on the fire, complete with mini croissants.  I have officially borrowed this tradition from you, thanks Kate

Christmas lunch included yabbies we had pulled from the water just hours earlier.

In the afternoon the swimming went on for hours.  

It was a relatively simple Christmas spent with family in and around the water.  I was free from housework, table decorations and the need for a Christmas outfit.  This year it worked for us.

How was your Christmas day?
Did you break from tradition?  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Salvos Give a Lunch for Christmas

Christmas is a special time but it can also be completely crazy, wouldn't you agree?

Each year I feel bewildered by the sheer waste and excess I see around me.  I am working hard on simplifying our Christmas, focusing on sharing and rest and moving right away from mindless consumption. 

With this in mind I have decided to support the Salvos Give a Lunch for Christmas appeal.  Please join me and share your lunch photos on FacebookInstagram or Twitter with #SalvosGiveaLunch.  The more meals you post the more donations you are sure to inspire.  Help the Salvos fill 8000 empty plates this Christmas.  My food blogger friends should have no problems with this.  

As 2012 is rapidly disappearing I have decided to make this my last blog post for the year.  Spending some time with my family minus the school routine is something I have been looking forward to for some time.  I might even put the camera away and just enjoy the moments as they unfold.

Thank you to my regular visitors who continue to inspire me.  You are always so generous and supportive with your comments.  Welcome to my new visitors and Merry Christmas to everyone in blog land!

My first photo to post for the appeal is of a regular weekday lunch I prepared recently.  Just in case you are curious it was zucchini slice served with caramelised onion jam and goats cheese.  Simple, goodness mostly home grown.

Jane x

*I support the Salvos just because I like them, I have no other association with them.  

Monday, December 3, 2012

In My Kitchen December 2012

Welcome to another little tour of my kitchen.  Thank you once again to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this fun kitchen tour.

Firstly, a test batch of Christmas baking and some festive bits and pieces as we start to make and bake some goodies for Christmas. 

A tasty little selection of smallgoods purchased from the Adelaide Central Market  while attending Eat Drink Blog.  The jamon, chorizo and butter have all been on my ‘must try’ list for a long time and each mouthful was savoured.  The sheep milk cheese was purchased just because I was unable to stop myself with so much cheese on offer.

Bread straight from our wood oven.  We all joined in sprinkling these loaves with fresh garlic and rosemary from the garden and I think this will be one of my favourite family food moments for the year.

Mulberries and a lonely strawberry picked from the garden.

A batch of swirly, purple mulberry muffins.  I followed a basic blueberry muffin recipe (substituting with mulberries) to make these and they were moist, light and just sweet enough.

Immature Tromboncino zucchinis and a handful of snow peas from the garden. This year I have vowed to pick my zucchinis every day as last summer both the vines and the vegetables grew so enormous they threatened to take over my life.

Around this time every year I order a case of wine from Logan Wines.  I am certainly not a wine expert but I am easily influenced by a gorgeous newsletter, attractive packaging and impeccable customer service.  Some of these bottles will be gifts and some will be shared on Christmas day with family.

Recently we saved some excess roosters from the inevitable.  They had a short but happy life with our chooks and now I have 14 feet.  Any suggestions on how I might cook them?  

What is happening in your kitchen this month?
Are you doing any Christmas baking?
Would you eat chicken feet?