This year has been our first Christmas in Australia and it has been so relaxing and laid back for us. This has been the first Christmas where we have been together as a family without us hosting or having Christmas with anyone else. I don’t mean family – having a family Christmas would be great as our family are all on another continent and we would love to see them. What I mean is having Christmas with people who have nowhere else to go or no family and so we have them around. This sounds very generous and noble but after years of doing this as leaders of a church previously, it has been lovely to have just our family together with no one else to consider. We decided to have our dinner on Christmas eve so that we could go out on Christmas day if the weather was good. Here are some of our photos over the last couple of days. we hope you all had a marvellous Christmas and got to spend it with people you really love and appreciate.

This Christmas hat was a hit – it had lights that flashed on the stars and the pom pom also at the end also flashed.

We had a delicious dinner – the first time I have ever cooked a turkey!! We started off with Ricotta and Spinach pastries and Stuffed Mushrooms. The Mushrooms were a hit so I will post the recipe underneath. Then we had roast Turkey, roast lamb, kumara (sweet potato), peas, butternut and yorkshire puddings. We finished off dinner with chocolate mousse (which Michaela made), meringues and passionfruit ice-cream(will post that recipe too!!).

Stuffed Mushrooms:

  • Choose about 16 large button mushrooms that are firm
  • I small tub  extra light cream cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • paprika
  • minced garlic

Remove the stalks from the mushrooms. Chop them finely together with 4 other mushrooms. Place these in a frying pan with margarine and garlic and fry till cooked. Remove and cool. Place the 12 remaining mushrooms on a baking tray. Mix the cream cheese till soft. Add the mushrooms and garlic to the cream cheese. Add parmesan cheese (as much as you like) and a little paprika. Spoon this mixture into the mushrooms. Place in an oven at 180 degrees and bake till mushrooms are done – about 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!!

Passionfruit Ice-cream:

This is so simple but tastes amazing. I have always loved tropical flavoured ice-cream with vanilla. Buy a 2 litre tub of vanilla ice-cream. Soften it so that it can be mixed up. Open a can of passionfruit pulp (about 170g) and mix it into the ice-cream till it is smooth. Spoon back into the tub and freeze again.

We just want to say cheers to everyone – may 2011 be even better. Aaron loved drinking his “wine” (grape juice) out of a wine glass – made him feel very important.


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