Saturday 27 December 2003

Traditional Aussie Christmas Fare

We spent Christmas and Christmas Eve indoors (wayyy too hot outside) feasting on Home-made Coleslaw (Cabbage, Carrots, Celerey, Onions, and Mayonnaise), Homemade Potato Salad with Spearmint and Peppermint from our garden, Pasta Salad, Smoked Seasoned Turkey, Chilled Roast Turkey, a leg of Ham, then (fruit)Mince Pies, Christmas Cake, Mango Jelly (Jello in US English) with sliced fresh Mangos in, Blue- and Rasp- Berry Jello/Jelly, homemade Fruit Salad with locally-grown seedless grapes of 2 varieties, Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples, Japanese Ya pears, lashings of Mango, fresh oranges, and both Ice and Fresh Cream. Bowls of locally-grown cherries. Watermelon. Oh yes, there was some iceberg lettuce, cucumber, and beetroot salad too, and bread rolls. And the Camembert, Jarlsberg, Edam, Sage Derby and Colby cheeses, with chilli-stuffed olives. Chocolate in wholesale quantities, and as the piece de resistance home-made caramels from a good friend in Minnesota (who incidentally is Gnat Lilacs´ Nana).

Shandy and Ginger Beer to wash it all down, with a glass of Methode Champagnois from Germany for the toast. Some nice Earl Grey tea to go with the cake.

I confess it was 48 hours before I spared a thought for the 12 million people suffering from Malnutrition in North Korea. Something must be done, I just don´t know what.

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