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