Let Christmas Begin!

Christmas means many things to many people. To me, Christmas is a time to rejoice and be thankful for all I have been blessed with. It’s a time to be grateful that I am alive and can spend time with my amazing family.

Christmas is a time to put aside differences and celebrate all that is good in the World. Christmas is a time of giving and expecting nothing in return. Christmas is a time for remembering loved ones who are no longer with us. Christmas is a time for giving to those who are less fortunate than us.

Christmas is watching the amazement on my 2 year old grandson’s face the first time he saw my Christmas tree and remembering the joy Christmas brought to my boys when they were little.But most of all Christmas is a time for love, forgiveness and understanding. What does Christmas mean to you? 

The first of our Christmas celebrations started last night out on our verandah, sharing a grazing board of delicious food and lots of fabulous wine with a few friends and family.As the evening went on and we ate, drank, chattered and laughed, the sunset was putting on an amazing show just for us – so perfect! img_7511.jpgIf you’re like me and don’t want to be tied to the kitchen all night, then a grazing board with hot and cold yummy things is definitely the way to go when you’re entertaining. You might have to spend a few hours preparing ahead of time, but then you can sit and enjoy the night with your guests.img_0661-1.jpg

So, what did I include on my grazing board?

  • Homemade hummus with spiced toasted chickpeas
  • Homemade garlicky eggplant dip
  • Beef sliders with caramelised onions
  • Smoked salmon on toasted sourdough with cream cheese and chives
  • Sticky chicken ribs
  • Prawns with ouzo, garlic, tomatoes & feta
  • A few different cheeses and crackers
  • Walnuts
  • Red and green grapes
  • And a scattering of rosemary and pomegranate seeds to add a touch of Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours!