The run up to Christmas dinner

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My whole family (Mom, Dad and two brothers) are flying from Singapore to visit us in a few days, and this will be our first family “vacation” since I was about 16, just a little over a decade ago… (well it feels about that long anyway.)

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If you know anything about my extremely dysfunctional family, you will understand it is a sweeping understatement to say that I am a little stressed by the upcoming trip. I told my mother that I’d already pre-booked extra sessions with my therapist over the entire festive season. She seemed to think that was a sensible idea.

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Anyway, to distract myself this afternoon, I wrapped about 78 presents and then got immersed into meal planning.

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So far our Christmas late lunch lineup looks like this:

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– Crispy mushroom risotto balls

– Roast free-range chicken with tarragon, garlic and shallots & homemade aioli

– Five-spice soy babyback ribs

– Asian coleslaw

– Roast potatoes with garlic & rosemary

– Parmesan green beans

– Warm Rhubarb tart with cold ice-cream

– Raspberries from our garden with double cream

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Dinner The Next Day (after a surfeit of indulgence)
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– Salmon lightly poached in aromatic Tom Yam Broth & smothered in Basil leaves

– Stir-fried Edamame with crispy shallots, Sichuan pepper & sea salt

– Hiyayakko cold Tofu with Bonito flakes

– Lots of rice

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Btw, how ridiculous is it that it is SNOWING in Mount Buller at the moment! A white christmas in Australia?! Extremely curious, as Finn would say! The possibility exists for a frosted earth sandwich….

xx,
C

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