December, and Christmas

And so, once the midday champagnes had somewhat kicked in, it was time
to get serious. We began with bugs and tiger prawns fat and sweet,
aioli for dipping. Warm sourdough and lemon wedges, outside in a
Canberra courtyard umbrella-shielded, the table a flamboyance of red
and green cloths and bonbons. Next came grilled salmon faintly charry,
crisp on the outside. Crunchy roast rosemary potatoes creamy within;
salads of baby cos, jumbo asparagus and end-of-season broad beans then
my Italian ‘coleslaw’ of shredded cabbage and rocket tossed through
with toasted sesame seeds and salted ricotta. Mandatory roast turkey –
breast only – with mandatory cranberry sauce. A pause before  the
white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake with buttery macadamia crust
and dollop of perfectly unnecessary mascarpone. The Triple Creme
cheese – brought gradually to room temperature till bulging to oozy
lusciousness and designed to be consumed with Spanish quince paste –
didn’t get a look in!

About victoria

Author of the gastro-memoir 'Amore&Amaretti: A Tale of Love an Food in Tuscany', I am a Byron Shire-based food and travel writer, food columnist, cooking teacher, recipe editor and chef. Born in Canberra, ACT, I have a BA in languages although am only really passionate about the Italian one, in which I am fluent, having spent four years in Tuscany in my late twenties, and returning reasonably frequently ever since. Despite that, my partner of many years, a wonderful artist, clothes designer and aged carer, is half-Greek!
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One Response to December, and Christmas

  1. Jane says:

    What a beautiful description! All our favourite foods. Mmmm… can taste them all.

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