A Merry Christmas in #Canberra

Mmm…I’ve just finished Christmas eating. I feel so content. I recently enjoyed first Christmas in Brisbane with my daughters and parents and just spent second Christmas with Bron.

For me Christmas began with work shut down on Tuesday (Christmas eve) at 1500 AEDT. Under the certified agreement, everyone works a few extra minutes every day so on Christmas eve we can leave early at 1500 AEDT and have days off between Christmas day and New Years day. It’s pretty good.

In the afternoon Bron and I enjoyed some cheese and biscuits.

Tuesday 2013-12-24 17.04.46 AEDT Three cheeses, viz., blue, brie and cheddar with some pastes and biscuits. This was delicious.

Tuesday 2013-12-24 17.04.46 AEDT Three cheeses, viz., blue, brie and cheddar with some pastes and biscuits. This was delicious.

Dinner quickly followed. The Alaskan king crab was combined with Bron’s homemade aioli on fresh bread.

Tuesday 2013-12-24 18.05.58 AEDT Alaskan king crab with Bron's homemade aioli on fresh bread

Tuesday 2013-12-24 18.05.58 AEDT Alaskan king crab with Bron’s homemade aioli on fresh bread

Tuesday 2013-12-24 18.09.52 AEDT Alaskan king crab with Bron's homemade aioli on fresh bread

Tuesday 2013-12-24 18.09.52 AEDT Alaskan king crab with Bron’s homemade aioli on fresh bread

Tuesday 2013-12-24 18.22.50 AEDT Alaskan king crab with Bron's homemade aioli on fresh bread

Tuesday 2013-12-24 18.22.50 AEDT Alaskan king crab with Bron’s homemade aioli on fresh bread

Tuesday 2013-12-24 18.22.58 AEDT Me eating Alaskan king crab with Bron's homemade aioli on fresh bread

Tuesday 2013-12-24 18.22.58 AEDT Me eating Alaskan king crab with Bron’s homemade aioli on fresh bread

The crab was so good. I just love crab sandwiches.

Bron persuaded me that Love Actually is a Christmas movie. I would have enjoyed it more if some of the scenes were on the bridge and in the engineering section of the USS Enterprise and if some of the characters were Vulcans and women from the Orion Syndicate.

For Christmas morning we had a poached egg on toast.

Tuesday 2013-12-25 07.56.14 AEDT First breakfast was poached egg on sourdough rye bread

Wednesday 2013-12-25 07.56.14 AEDT First breakfast was poached egg on sourdough rye bread

Look what I got for Christmas 🙂

Wednesday 2013-12-25 07.47.37 AEDT Street machine magazine, Star Trek novel, chocolate, a spoon, foie gras, red onion relish, truffle mustard and Orange Pekoe tea leaves.

Wednesday 2013-12-25 07.47.37 AEDT Street machine magazine, Star Trek novel, chocolate, a spoon, foie gras, red onion relish, truffle mustard and Orange Pekoe tea leaves.

Tuesday 2013-12-25 09.27.14 AEDT Second breakfast was a mince pie

Wednesday 2013-12-25 09.27.14 AEDT Second breakfast was a mince pie

Lunch was an extravaganza of food.

For entrée we had fig and goat cheese tarts.

Tuesday 2013-12-25 12.23.00 AEDT Fig and goat cheese tart. These were amazingly good.

Wednesday 2013-12-25 12.23.00 AEDT Fig and goat cheese tart. These were amazingly good.

Tuesday 2013-12-25 11.31.17 AEDT Fig and goat cheese tart. I wanted all four.

Wednesday 2013-12-25 11.31.17 AEDT Fig and goat cheese tart. I wanted all four.

Tuesday 2013-12-25 12.12.43 AEDT Do you like the place setting?

Wednesday 2013-12-25 12.12.43 AEDT Do you like the place setting?

For the main course we had roast duck, ham, roast potatoes, roast sweet potato, Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and pancetta, stuffing and gravy. You can see I carved the duck and dissected for myself the uropygium, neck and a maryland. Bron slaved for hours calculating times and scheduling tasks to get this perfect.

Wednesday 2013-12-25 13.15.31-1 AEDT Roast duck maryland, uropygium, neck with ham, Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes and sweet potatoes. This was just the best.

Wednesday 2013-12-25 13.15.31-1 AEDT Roast duck maryland, uropygium, neck with ham, Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes and sweet potatoes. This was just the best.

Me eating one of my favourite vegetables, viz., Brussels sprouts. The recipe Bron used is from Nigella Lawson and can be found at http://goo.gl/jk4Vyu

Wednesday 2013-12-25 13.14.57 AEDT Me eating Brussels sprouts

Wednesday 2013-12-25 13.14.57 AEDT Me eating Brussels sprouts

Wednesday 2013-12-25 13.35.04-1 AEDT I dissected out the trachea, œsophagus and pygostyle.

Wednesday 2013-12-25 13.35.04-1 AEDT I dissected out the trachea, œsophagus and pygostyle.

For dessert we enjoyed a Christmas pudding and Bron made custard and ice cream.

Wednesday 2013-12-25 15.42.39 AEDT Christmas pudding with Bron's homemade custard and ice cream.

Wednesday 2013-12-25 15.42.39 AEDT Christmas pudding with Bron’s homemade custard and ice cream.

While we were pretty full, we had a leftover sandwich and more pudding for evening dessert.

Wednesday 2013-12-25 19.44.34 AEDT Christmas dinner sandwiches with ham, truffled mustard, cranberry jelly and stuffing

Wednesday 2013-12-25 19.44.34 AEDT Christmas dinner sandwiches with ham, truffled mustard, cranberry jelly and stuffing

I hope you had a happy and food filled Christmas celebration today. Eat yummy 😉

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18 thoughts on “A Merry Christmas in #Canberra

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  3. Thank you for the Ping Back – we have just started our Blog Ping Back is new to us! Your dinner looks delicious, Merry Christmas and a happy new Year from Cornwall, England!

    • I hope to the day I die I’ll remain interested in the anatomy of the animals I eat 😉
      The crab was delicious and fresh especially with an aioli on fresh bread. Dare I say, it didn’t even need butter on the bread.

  4. Many happy returns of the day, Gary! Looks like you didn’t spare the horses on this one! Bron sounds like a wonderful cook. What is her day job? 😀 xo

  5. Looks like a wonderful Christmas, Gary! I was planning a cheese platter for myself. On Saturday I bought some lovely double brie, pate, and a cheese that I can’t recall the name for now, but alas, none of that lasted until Christmas…

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