It’s got to the point in the Christmas preparations that it’s coming, ready or not! Every year I think I’ll get organised so that Christmas Eve can be a holiday but for whatever reason it never quite ends up that way.
This Christmas Eve has been no different. I woke up this morning with a to do list as long as my arm. But after lots of effort and help from all in our household I’m pleased to say we’re ready as we’re ever going to be and I declare Christmas festivities open.
The tree is decorated and the presents wrapped. The shopping done and the Christmas cards are in the mail (honest!). Now all there is to do is enjoy the kiwi summer Christmas.
Er, that’s if there was any sun around.
Today we’ve been blessed with more water for our water tank. Water for the trees. Water for the vegetables and as much water as you’d ever want in a day (21mm). At least I can say we had a white Christmas. A complete whiteout down the valley!
Here’s the water hanging on the Huchera.
And the Coriander.
And big basset. He’s not been happy today even though I’ve been telling him Santa is coming to see him!
But we didn’t let the rain hold us back for Christmas feasting. We’ve started our food marathon on a light note. My Mother-in-law’s choice was for fish. But not just fish. Fish cooked in their own parcels. Here is is in the making.
MT reckons that it was more complicated that it looks – I’m just pleased I had present wrapping to finish. It was very much the case that too many cooks…….
I can tell you that this fish (tarakhi), steamed in wine with its own vegetables (spinach, courgettes, onions and tomatoes) was delicious. Served with new potatoes and minted peas with feta cheese it was a fresh, light and most appropriate start to the Christmas menu.
Credit where credit is due though. Hat’s off to the cooks. MT is not convinced I think!
After all the wondering how Christmas will be this year and the stop start preparations I’m looking forward to the celebrations whatever the weather. Hope bloggers you are too. Enjoy!