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What was On My Plate for Christmas & New Year’s Eve 2021?

January 5, 2022
Ricotta Cheesecake

I love Christmas and preparing for the family festivities. Our traditions have changed slightly as we can no longer have both sides of our families together for Christmas as we downsized and can’t fit everyone in! I’m a little sad about this but we do need to be flexible and we can always start with new traditions can’t we?

So What was On my Plate for Christmas and New Year 2021?

We maintain a healthy eating approach for most of the year, but during the Festive Season I enjoy all the treats on offer. Life is too short not to enjoy our food and celebrations!

Mr M’s Family Christmas 2021

We hosted Mr M’s children and grandchildren for an afternoon tea on the Sunday before Christmas. I’ve shared some photos of the festivities and also my ‘Hero’ recipe of the day – A Baked Ricotta Cheesecake with Festive Fruit topping.

I used a basic recipe for the Baked Ricotta Cheesecake using Chocolate Ripple biscuits crushed and combined with melted butter for the base instead of the pastry which is shown in the recipe. I then topped with a topping made from some of the fruit by combing the fruit with 1/4 cup sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes until fruit has reduced. You can keep any leftover topping in a jar in the fridge and it can be used as jam. Then I decorated the top with the rest of the festive fruits.

Ricotta Cheesecake
Baked Ricotta Cheesecake with Festive Fruits

I also made some Parmesan & Smoked Paprika Biscuits. You can try my friend Jo Tracey’s Recipe for Parmesan Shortbread HERE.

Parmesan & Paprika Biscuits

My Family Christmas 2021

My son hosted Christmas Day and we enjoyed a traditional meal of turkey, ham, roast beef, brussel sprouts, mini sausages wrapped in bacon, prawns, roasted potatoes, carrots and swede. Dessert was plum pudding with custard, pavolva and a delicious chocolate rum torte.

I did however, make my traditional Christmas Pudding which I made in the slow cooker (I also had some mixture left over so I made some mini puddings using a muffin try), Christmas Cake, Mini Choc Nut Truffle Puddings and had a go at making some Mince Pies for the first time. You can find my recipe for the Mini Choc Nut Truffle Puddings HERE.

New Year’s Eve 2021

New Year’s Eve is a tradition Mr M and I share together. After the family and friend get-togethers to celebrate Christmas we like to share a quiet New Year’s Eve at home just the two of us.

Queensland is known for sun, sea and sand and of course – seafood. Each New Year’s Eve, Mr M and I make a hot and cold seafood platter and enjoy a glass or two of bubbles to bring in the New Year. The platters are easy to make as well as tasting delicious and light after all the turkey, ham and Christmas pudding and cake. Mr M took over for our NYE and did everything so I just sat back with a glass of bubbly and enjoyed our time together.

That is what was on my plate for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. What was on your plate? I’d love you to share with me.

I’m liking up with the lovely hosts of What’s On Your Plate Blog Challenge?, the lovely Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, the Widow Badass. Be sure to pop over and see what was on their plate and maybe share what was on yours…..

Donna is sharing Cranberry Sausage Spagehetti – now that sounds interesting……

whats on your plate blog challenge

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Debbie Harris January 5, 2022 at 18:40

    That cheesecake looks so delicious Sue! Your Christmas sounds wonderful with lots of yummy food and family. Those photos of you and Mr M are just lovely!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2022 at 12:35

      It tasted delicious too Deb and wasn’t difficult to make. I do like the candid shots of Mike and I which we don’t often get the opportunity to take. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 5, 2022 at 19:48

    It all looks great Sue – and I like how you allow yourself treats every so often. Life would be very boring indeed if we never had a slice of cheesecake now and then!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2022 at 12:37

      I prefer a balanced lifestyle, Leanne and that includes having treats especially for celebrations. We love our food and life would be very dull if we couldn’t enjoy the flavours and cheesecake is Mr M’s favourite so I have to help him eat it! x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey January 6, 2022 at 07:22

    That cheesecake looks the business! Actually it all does. I’m a sucker for a seafood platter too & there’d be no better way to see the new year in.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2022 at 12:38

      Hi Jo, I was really happy with the way the cheesecake looked with all the colourful fruits. We love our seafood and we certainly have a great choice of seafood where we live, don’t we? xx

  • Reply The Widow Badass January 6, 2022 at 08:50

    Everything looks so delicious, Sue! I like your and Mr. M’s approach to food and life. Happy 2022!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2022 at 12:40

      Happy 2022 Deb and thanks for the opportunity to share what we’ve been creating. x

  • Reply suzanne vosbikian January 6, 2022 at 08:51

    Sue, you have shared two of my favorite things here; Ricotta Cheesecake and seafood! I love how you dressed up your cake with the topping and fresh fruit. Malcolm and I share the same NYE tradition as you guys. It is typically just us, a plate of delicious seafood and a bottle of bubbly. Of course, we included his mom this year as we are still living in her home.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2022 at 12:32

      Hi Suzanne, I’ve only made a baked cheesecake using ricotta twice – this one and a chocolate one earlier last year. I do like the flavour as it isn’t quite as rich. Yes, seafood is our favourite too and in Queensland we certainly have an abundance of fresh seafood to select from. x

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  • Reply Donna-Connolly January 6, 2022 at 16:40

    Hi, Sue – I completely agree that life is too short not to enjoy our food and celebrations. I am very impressed with all of the delicious dishes and desserts that you prepared this holiday. And Mike taking over NYE food prep so that you could sit back and enjoy a glass of bubbly — how awesome is that?!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 8, 2022 at 08:27

      For sure Donna. 2022 is our year of living again. x

  • Reply Janine January 7, 2022 at 16:14

    All your food looks delicious. I especially like your tradition of a seafood platter on New Year’s Eve. I might steal that idea!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 8, 2022 at 08:26

      Go for it Janine. We have had this tradition for 28 years and it is a lovely way to start each New Year. Happy New Year to you. x

  • Reply Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com January 8, 2022 at 08:56

    Your cheesecake looks so good! It appears to be the perfect summertime/Christmas dessert. Since our berries aren’t in season yet, I’ll have to wait a few months to try it.

  • Reply Janine January 8, 2022 at 13:44

    Happy New Year to you too !

  • Reply Alex January 9, 2022 at 02:22

    Cheescake looks amazing

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 9, 2022 at 14:23

      It tasted amazing too! Thanks Alex!

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