I've haven't celebrated Christmas in Australia for the past two years and was thrilled to be on Aussie soil for the joyous event this year.
Previously, I celebrated a Christmas in Stuttgart, Germany with close friends. We had a wonderful afternoon, where we all made a dish, listened to carols, we really couldn't make the day any better. We also attempted to create dairy free Baileys, but turns out I bought the wrong Irish whiskey that had a seriously high alcohol percentage and tasted rather disgusting.
The 2nd year I was in Bordeaux, France and spent the day with other dancers who couldn't return home for the festive occasion. We ended up eating at an Indian restaurant because nothing was open.
This wasn't the greatest Christmas I've ever had, yet will always be memorial because of how unique it was.
So as you can imagine, being home with my brother (@emerson_cooks) and mum, the food aspect is quite an event and leading up to the big day we had fights over what everyone was making. Typical, haha.
Soon we came to an agreement and produced quite a spread.
As family members were arriving we created a platter with store-bought hard cheddar vegan cheese and a fermented nut based truffle cheese. The truffle cheese was incredible and I've since made a gnocchi with a creamy truffle infused tomato sauce using the leftover cheese, yum!
The platter also consisted of fresh & dried fruit, a fig jam (to be paired with hard cheese), homemade seed crackers (dry mix purchased from The Source Bulk Foods. You simply add water and bake), homemade vegan rocky road and yoyo's aka melting moments (for those who were craving something sweet.)
For the main event we made a lot of side dishes to create a delectable feast.
The extravaganza included: Sweet Potato & Chestnut Stuffing (recipe by Gaz Oakley, Avant-Garde Vegan), Minted Peas, Cauliflower & White Sauce, Pesto Pumpkin & Bean Salad, Roasted Pear & Fennel Salad, Saffron Lemon Potatoes (recipe by Smith & Daughters, Melbourne), Spiced Cranberry Sauce (recipe by Gaz Oakley, Avant-Garde Vegan) and of course gravy.
Our drink of choice on the 30°C plus day was a classic Pimms. perfect!
Dessert, (you're probably thinking how?!... We did....) combined a few different delights, a nibble of previously mentioned homemade vegan rocky road and yoyo's, as well as a showstopper Victoria Sponge Cake, made for my Nan, who's birthday is also celebrated on Christmas Day. The cake recipe by Deliciously Ella.
So there you have it friends, here's what my family and I ate on Christmas Day in a country Victorian town, towards the bottom of Australia.
I hope you all had a wonderful festive season too and I wish you all happiness and success in 2019.
Love Alex, Ballerina Bites. xx