Friday, December 29, 2006

Merry Christmas Everyone

lol....I am a few days late....I have been meaning to blog but it has been hard to get on the right computer. We have two computers and my pics are on one....and messenger is on the other.....and with two teenagers on school holidays...it has been hard to find the time to sit down and compose a blog entry. OK...excuses out of the way.....

Christmas was good...it was how I wanted it....I didn't have to host anything....I had a great time.....we had waaay too much to eat....

Let me share some pics of Christmas eve...
Our menu was beautiful....
Entree - vegetarian spring rolls and crab claws (it was beautifully arranged on a platter...but when I served the mains...I could see that the two younger kids had done some artistic arrangement on each plate)


















Baked snapper in foil with lemon grass and tomato
- pic isn't so appetising because we ran out of time and didn't have time to open up the foil to let the fish brown up a bit....but it was delish...this was polished off first...


Then I did some hoisin garlic pork belly....this is the dish of the month...i discovered it a couple of weeks ago and it is just so easy and sooo scrumptious....so to cater for the carnivores in the family.....this dish was requested.

Then I did one of my all time favourite dishes....garlic prawns Brunei style. First of all....prawns are well salted and then deep fried until the shell is crunchy...then set it all aside. In a separate big wok.... pan fry a whole clove of chopped garlic, a big red cayenne chilli (no heat but beautiful taste n colour) and one small hot chilli and a big handful of fresh curry leaves until everything turns golden brown and curry leaves are crunchy...then add a big dob of butter....and throw the prawns in and toss well to mix. The end result is something extremely aromatic and absolutely finger licking fantabulous.






And after filling our bellies to the max and collapsing on the couch for Miracle on 34th Street with some carols in the ad breaks.....with me practising to use the manual functions on my camera for Katie Toland's project......to capture christmas tree with the tree lights....i had fun and I love what I captured with my idiot proof point and shoot.....tee hee....it's not even a fabulous branded camera...it's a kodak...tee hee

I just have to say that I am in love with my tree.....I changed colour schemes last year after being a very traditional red and gold girl. Last year....I threw caution to the wind and decided to do silver, pink and purple and I love it. I also have a couple of garlands in the house....one behind the tree and one above the L shaped windows in the loungeroom....both garlands got the silver, purple and pink treatment as well. My wreath also got a revamp in the same colour scheme.and lastly.....some of my decorations in the loungeroom....DH did this the other night for me...and I absolutely adore how it has turned out. I made the BG decorations...and gave him creative control and I think he did a fabulous job!

6 comments:

Shirls said...

ruey, next time when you are going to write an entry with lots of food pics, you better put up a warning on the title so i won't read further...lol. the food look absolutely delish. love the christmas tree photo

wendy said...

Breathtaking! Your tree and decorations look fabulous. What is your secret to getting such a gorgeous photo of the tree lights? Please share :)))
My mouth is watering from reading your Christmas Eve menu! YUM!

vita said...

wow.. all those food looks soo yummy. I am going to try making that garlic prawn.

Crissy Gaylor said...

LOL Love the kids presentation! All the food looks so yummy and the decorations are beautiful!

susan j said...

OMG those ornaments are stunning!! And that food!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!

spots said...

hoisin garlic pork belly! is that from the recipe from my blog? sounds like an improvement though - using pork belly & garlic? can u tell me how u did it? :)

by the way i jus started a new blog - do check it out!