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The Adventures Of The Griswalds

Christmas Day

December 25, 2014

Today we had a Christmas lunch for 18 people and it all went pretty much to plan!

We were again joined by family friends as well as relatives, and everybody seemed to eat well and enjoy themselves.

After a long two days of preparing and cooking, it was about 1:30am by the time we finished cleaning up enough that we felt that we could go to bed. It's fair to say that sleep came fairly quickly after a long but very enjoyable day.

The Christmas table.
The Christmas table.
Getting the entrees out.
Getting the entrees out.
Entree of tuna tartare with roasted sesame seeds, soy, honey, chilli, ginger, and lime.
Entree of tuna tartare with roasted sesame seeds, soy, honey, chilli, ginger, and lime.
Orange sorbet.
Orange sorbet.
Coordinating the last minute tasks to get the main course on the table.
Coordinating the last minute tasks to get the main course on the table.
Dishing up the main course.
Dishing up the main course.
Dishing up the main course.
Dishing up the main course.
Jake, ready for his main course!
Jake, ready for his main course!
Steamed asparagus with hollondaise sauce and candied grapefruit.
Steamed asparagus with hollondaise sauce and candied grapefruit.
Honey roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and beetroot.
Honey roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and beetroot.
Orange and marmalade glazed ham.
Orange and marmalade glazed ham.
Roast turkey.
Roast turkey.
Sweet potato bake with breadcrumbs, with onion and apple compote in the background.
Sweet potato bake with breadcrumbs, with onion and apple compote in the background.
Potato croquettes.
Potato croquettes.
Spiced red cabbage.
Spiced red cabbage.
Peas with mint and pancetta.
Peas with mint and pancetta.
Matt, relaxing after getting the main course on the table.
Matt, relaxing after getting the main course on the table.
Jake, relaxing!
Jake, relaxing!
Mixed berry fruit salad.
Mixed berry fruit salad.
Plum pudding.
Plum pudding.
Meringues.
Meringues.
Shortbreads.
Shortbreads.
Cherries.
Cherries.
Andrea's ice-cream.
Andrea's ice-cream.
Lynne (and Rama!) supervising Stewart's serving of cream!
Lynne (and Rama!) supervising Stewart's serving of cream!
Keith, Norm, Eva, and Andrea.
Keith, Norm, Eva, and Andrea.
Matt, Keith, Norm, Eva, Andrea, Helen, Adrian, and Taras.
Matt, Keith, Norm, Eva, Andrea, Helen, Adrian, and Taras.
Jake.
Jake.
Cocoa.
Cocoa.
Christie, Justin, and Matt.
Christie, Justin, and Matt.