It is the congregation of seemingly endless food, drinks, family, friends, receiving presents (and maybe giving them) all over the world that makes this short, yet so big part of the year just so special.
K and S are newlyweds themselves and using their prime honeymoon time to help all the other couples getting hitched during this period, they barely had any down time to enjoy their Just Married status in between.
So a big thank you to them, for taking time out of no time at all to organise such an enjoyable day for everyone who probably deserves it so much less than they do :)
|Lamb Spit Roast|
If only all misassumptions had explanations as clear as this!
|Slow, almost TOO slow cooking of the lamb|
Standing even a small distance away, the blasts of heat from that strong invisible flame is intense (I'm probably just feeling the sun, on this 35 degree Celsius day) as it slowly transforms the outer skin into a crisp and crackly layer.
|Not a giant sausage|
The essential salad component of party food was delivered with this smashing pumpkin salad, with sweet pumpkin cubes, crumbled feta, and toasted pine nuts atop a bed of baby spinach leaves.
|"Caesar" and "salad" were just meant to be|
There's just something so indulgent and enjoyable with a big plate of crunchy cos lettuce leaves, boiled egg, salty bacon strips, parmesan cheese and crunchy croutons, laden with calorific dressing on top.
Yes, loads of bread left over at the end of the day, even after enthusiastic scooping of all the tubs of dips provided. The amount of products made into dips these days is mind boggling!
This simple antipasto platter was a winner among guests, with an assortment of semi-dried tomatoes, thin crackers, marinated olives and salami twiggy sticks, paired with a creamy onion and bacon dip.
A surprisingly close winner also is the raw vegetable platter in the background, with sticks of raw carrot, zucchini and celery - collectively termed "rabbit food", and should probably be everyone's diet after the festive season.
A very simple cheeseboard on the day, featuring a small mix of cheeses.
This was barely touched; just not anybody's cup of tea or slice of cheese that day!
Dangerously moreish are these party platters with small snackable sized food items, which I realised after making a huge dent in the plate.
Roasted with a lime and sweet chilli flavour, all the salted peanuts, almonds, cashews, macadamias, brazil nuts and crisps are just too easy to pick up and pop into the mouth, and just too hard to stop.
|Lets eat!...and eat, and eat some more...|
And I haven't even mentioned the rolls of buttery garlic bread, mountains of fresh fruit, L's box of delicious moist chocolate brownies, the hot dog station cranking outside the house, the big box of party junk food that didn't end up being opened, and the aromatic batches of grilled marinated chicken wings that definitely warmed the entire house up with delicious smells at this housewarming event.
And a special mention to the burnt red velvet cupcakes that never made it to the party.
|Ready for some Dirty Santa action|
The only dirty thing about this game is the right to steal (and the mind of the person who decided to buy a revealing French maid costume as a present).
Note: NERF guns - always popular with the male species, no matter how old you are.
The boys trekking to the nearest shops, buying 5 new guns and turning the new house into a battlefield.
|Take a break (from plain old red and white packaging!)|
It was this very beautiful and enticingly packaged box of assorted kit kats that L had generously lugged back from Japan, the land where kit kats exist in more than just their brown and white chocolate forms.
|Kit Kats: Strawberry, Green Tea, Rum & Raisin and Wasabi flavours|
These are still resting in my fridge, reserved as my "break glass in case of emergency" sugar fix for when urges arise unexpectedly. I'm still working my way through, slow and steady, one flavour at a time.
|Hello, my name is Antisocial. If you ever need me, I'll be in the corner.|
May you all be merry, laugh lots, eat as much as you want to, get fat, then lose it all after the new year again.
Yeah, I wish too.