This year R and I decided to have a quiet Christmas at home.

For the first time in ages I was able to be home for Christmas Eve, usually I am working. We had a simple dinner of prawns, oysters and cold meats with salad. Of course we needed a bottle of Champagne to go with it so we had a bottle of Piper Heidsieck.

Christmas Day I cooked up some eggs benedict, R’s favourite breakfast. With slices of proscuitto instead of ham it takes on a whole new flavour profile.

Lunch was more fresh seafood. I made a platter of Prawns, lobsters and coffin Bay oysters, with some ham and turkey, potato salad and sliced yellow tomatoes with basil and balsamic vinaigrette. Nic ebottle of Veuve Clicquot for lunch.

 Huge prawns this year!! For comparison I took a photo of two with my mobile.

Dinner was another platter, this time turkey, ham,, salad and dips with bread. Cheese from Fromart was also out for both lunch and diner. Of course we had to have Christmas pudding. This year I bought the Woolworth’s Select Christmas pudding, and it was very good. As always I followed family tradition and made rum sauce to go with the pudding. I know traditionally it should be a brandy custard, but I was raised on rum sauce with Christmas pudding. It is really simple to make, no eggs.

We have never had a recipe for it we all just know the ingredients and make enough for however many are having it(plus a litle left over for seconds). The ingredients are milk ( I add a little cream as well), sugar to taste, rum to taste, cornflour(corn cornflour not wheaten) and I add a little vanilla too. Basically you brong the milk to a simmer stir in sugar until dissolved, add thevanilla and rum( a little or a lot up to you), make a slurry of cornflour and milk, add to the saucepan and stir to desired thickness. When I asked my Grandmother how much rum her reply was, “there is no quantity, just as much as you like”.

I also happened to get a few shots of the table set up from work.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that 2011 is bright and happy for you! My one resolution for this year is to make my pudding for Christmas this year.

Thanks for dropping in!!