Thursday, December 25, 2008

Kiwi Christmas

The southern hemisphere Christmas can go one of 2 ways - either its a traditional meal with its roots in northern hemisphere culture - typically the lamb roast option - or its more suited to the summer Christmas - in which case the BBQ is a great option. In our family we alternate depending on who is the most influential in the Christmas planning (usually you win if its at your place).

This year, all were agreed so here's the menu:

Sirloin steak
Chicken kebabs (marinated in red plum, garlic, soy and olive oil) with onion, red pepper, pineapple (fresh) and cherry tomatoes
Chicken and herb sausages
Cold ham on the bone

New potatoes
Lettuce salad with avocado, pear, orange and pineapple with sesame based dressing
Kumara (sweet potato) salad with orange and pineapple dressing
Green bean casserole (bringing the US flavas!)

Boysenberry Flan
Fruit

All great and not too much - restraint somewhat apparent!

So what was your menu?

Oh and merry Christmas!

2 comments:

melissa said...

Kia ora BJ,

Mere Kirihimete!

We had Christmas at ours this year - first time ever - with Jacob's brother Shane and Whanau.

Emily just had milk for Christmas dinner, and Tamati had a bread roll with Marmite but the rest of us enjoyed the menu below:

Starters:
Homemade Bread (multigrain and foccacia) served with Antipasto platter (Homemade Dukkuh, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sundried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Capers, Te Mata Brie, Kapiti Karu)

Mains:
Oven Baked Whole Eye Fillet and Mushroom Duxelles (a mushroom and thyme paste) wrapped in Bacon
Roasted Potatoes, Onion, Red and Yellow Capsicum, and Corgette
Green Beans lightly stir fried in butter, salt and pepper

Accompained by Vidal Reserve Syrah 2004

Dessert:
Ambrosia
Fresh Strawberries sprinkled with Icing Sugar
French Vanilla Ice Cream

I wish I could take all the credit for this menu but actually Jacob did almost all the prep and cooking - and made the wine choice of course ;)

Anyways hope you all had a wonderful day and that you had a great time away.

To matou aroha nui ki a koutou

Jack said...

Your menus look fab...even though my heart sank at the wine choice.
We had chicken, turkey, ham, veges then trifle etc for lunch and a barbie for tea. I'm sure I could put it in more poetic terms, but hey I'm a mainlander ;-)