It is two days after Christmas and I am finally feeling relaxed. Over the next week before I return to work the plan is to catch up on reading, cooking and get a little exercise. On Thursday I am catching up with my family for a lunch and an overnight stay at Bowral. The plan is to sneak in a swim at the coast on the way back home. Canberra turned on the heat this year so Christmas lunch was maximum impact for minimum effort. I must admit that I was pretty happy with the outcome.
On the menu was a roasted side of salmon, fresh peeled prawns, sliced fresh ham, thyme roasted potatoes, broccolini with garlic and chilli and rocket salad.
We started with nuts, cheese and biscuits which we enjoyed with my latest favourite drink - Aperol Spritz. Very easy just mix 2 parts aperol, 1 part prosecco and a dash of soda. Serve with ice and a slice of orange. Delicious.
I used a cast iron flat grill to cook the salmon, heating the bottom on the stove before laying on the salmon with S&P, orange slices and cherry tomatoes then putting it in a hot oven with the top grill on for about 15 mins. Finishing with a squeeze of fresh orange juice before serving.
A herb and shallot dressing was drizzled over the salmon at the table which provided just the right note of tangy lemon, olive oil and herbs to compliment the richness of the salmon.
With temps hitting the 30's in the leadup to Christmas it was far too hot for me to bake a ham (hats off to those that did!) sliced ham off the bone does not photograph well.
Mr C is not a fan of fish, as a swimmer he feels that he is betraying the species. This is just an excuse really...Salmon can be a bit strong on the palate so I gave him the option of his lunch and in true 14yo style chose.........
Following on with the keeping it simple (aka cheating) trend. I broke out the vienetta and dressed it with raspberries, blueberries and smashed chocolate honeycomb. Again a hit and oh so easy...
We had friends join our family for lunch and they kindly brought a Christmas cake, very appreciated as I have had a very busy December and did not get to baking.