Things are a bit different up here this year. Normally at this time of the year it is just me and a few blokes. Not a woman in sight. So you can imagine how excited I am that my family are up here for my Birthday and Christmas. It is so lovely to have my sister here to drink wine with and DD doesn’t mind the odd Japanese Slipper. Ok, so she just has one and it does take her 3 hours to drink it, but she manages to finish it eventually.
I had such a lovely Birthday on Tuesday. Our main meal was nibbles, Japanese Slippers and wine… My kind of meal! It was nothing flash, no stress, just happy people drinking green drinks. I did trot out a yummy layered mexican dip.
Layered Mexican Dip
Mix one tub of sour cream with 3/4 packet of taco seasoning. Spread on bottom of dish – I use a clear quiche dish.
Mash 2 avocados and mix with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise. Spread on top of sour cream mixture.
Finely dice 2 tomatoes, some cucumber and 4 shallots, sprinkle on top.
Finish with some grated cheese. Serve with corn chips and crackers. YOU WON’T BE SORRY!
That was the extent of my cooking. God it was good. I share my birthday with one of my dedicated readers – “Mel from Rocky” – Mel, I hope you had a fantastic day. Hope you had a Japanese Slipper and if you didn’t then…. Here is the Recipe:
Even the children have been behaving themselves – I know … what is going on? 5 boys and they are all having such a great time together. I am so excited that my kids have their cousins here to play with.
I was listening to the Two Fat Expats Christmas Podcast special yesterday and it seems life on an outback cattle station is a lot like life as an expat. I could totally relate to so many of the people they interviewed. I normally get a little down around this time of the year. On Christmas Day when I talk on the phone to my family I usually end up in tears wishing I was with them all. It takes most of the expats a LONG TIME to fly home to family and it takes me 3 days to drive home to family, or if I were to fly it would be a good 2 days – drive to town and then fly. Much of a muchness I reckon, just call me an Expat please. ha ha ha. If you are looking for a new podcast, give them a go. It is one of my favourites.
Right…. time to get my Christmas on. To the kitchen I go. Christmas Menu is looking like this:
Turkey Breast – hot
Pumpkin, Philly & Cashew salad
PERFECT!!! There should be loads of left overs too. Oh and we will be kicking off with a retro prawn cocktail for breakfast with croissants and bubbly.
To everyone I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. I hope you all have such a wonderful time. Sending you big hugs, thanks for being such legends.