A holly jolly Christmas…

We tried the Christmas pudding with Irish Cream sauce on Christmas morning – the one that Andrew, my ex-student, brought back all the way from New Zealand to give to me…

CP with IS 1

It was very sweet, so sweet that I could not detect any taste in the pudding other than its overwhelming sweetness but nonetheless, it was very moist and soft…

CP with IS 2

We all had a bit of it and put the rest in the fridge. Later that afternoon, I took it out and it was cold and I tried. To my delight, it did not come across as being as sweet and I actually enjoyed it very much so I finished all of it.

My missus was busy all afternoon as she was getting her mum and family members over to our house for dinner and we had this roast chicken…

RC

that we had not too long ago and thought it was very nice so she made up her mind to get a big one and cook that for our Christmas dinner in place of turkey – she is not a fan of the meat so she would rather not have one.

Then, there was also this very nice lamb shank dish…

LS

…that she cooked and I guess she was afraid that the sort-of-western cuisine would not go down well with everybody so she fried these freshwater prawns with garlic and sesame oil…

GP

…the way she would usually cook them.

We also had salad…

Salad

…with the cherry tomatoes that grow “wild” in our garden. They would simply sprout out anytime anywhere they like and all we would have to do would be to just go out and help ourselves and pluck!

To go with all those, my missus also cooked some garlic butter rice…

GBR

…and for dessert, we had the brandy-infused fruit pudding…

FP

…that I got from my maternal uncle’s wife in Kuching, a family recipe of my mum and aunts and I do recall how we would wait for Christmas and Chinese New Year every year as they would make this and we would be able to have a slice or two sometimes.  It was specially reserved for guests who cared to drop by, you see, and kids in those days were certainly not as fortunate as the ones today – as a matter of fact, I honestly do believe that they probably would not even give this a second glance. Tsk! Tsk! Everyone loved the pudding that I saw most fitting to serve in the very nice brand new Christmas plate that I received from my friend, Jimmy. for the festive season this year.

It certainly was a truly enjoyable dinner and gathering and thanks so much to Mary, my niece, currently based in Singapore and home on vacation, for the delightful presents…

Presents

Well, Christmas has come and gone and tomorrow, we will herald in a brand new year, 2014. Gee! How time does seem to fly!!!