|Crimson Pohutukawa Sentry stands guard at Beach Road Harbour jetty, New Zealand's Christmas Tree!|
|Note the bee coming in to land on a sea of crimson|
Red puffballs of colour bedeck our coastal trees, why - it must be Christmas!!
Twas the night before Christmas though, when the Man of the House, inspired by River Cottage, a TV cooking show, decided to cook up a feast - exotic Asian noodles with beans and roasted peanuts with Toasted Sesame Oil. This is an event of Magnitude 5 on the Richter Scale. Hasn't happened too often. Said guy is a salad maker, not comfortable near the stove! I applaud all these cooking shows with men as the star role model in the kitchen! Bring it on! I've reserved a spot in front of the TV for Monday night's show of River Cottage for him, in the hope another inspirational dish might result!
|Nothing sexier than a man in the kitchen!!|
|Exotic, Sexy Asian Man-cooked Noodles|
The day before Christmas, I prepared some dishes for our celebratory family meal on Christmas day. They are tried and true recipes that form a bit of a tradition in our home, and which the kids have always looked forward to. They are caponata, rice salad and 3 bean salad.
|Home-made pita with organic white flour and ground chia seeds|
Our traditional Christmas breakfast dish is a cupful of oats soaked in 2 cups of natural yogurt, along with spices of choice (I use a medley of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger) and handful sultanas. This is soaked overnight in the fridge. In the morning, I grate a peeled apple and add that with a tablespoon of honey and stir it all together. It's a lovely cold breakfast that keeps you energized until lunchtime!
|Yogurt soaked oats, spices and sultanas.|
I pride myself on the knowledge that nothing with a face or a mother had to die for us to celebrate in style! I shudder to think of how many cows, sheep, pigs, turkeys, ducks and chickens lost their lives over the festive feasting season across the world! A massacre of mammoth proportions. If there is one New Year's Resolution you can make to help climate change, why not adopt 3 cruelty-free meals per week? Do the planet and your body a massive favour! I am planning 2-3 green smoothies per week as a health boost. And a plan to slow things down a little in my life -; life in the stress-free lane! How? Still thinking on that one..........
|Empty plate. Seconds anyone?|
We had the traditional gift-giving session and delighted in showering our family members with small tokens of love and appreciation for one another. True to form, my daughter had hand-made her gifts - brilliant artworks. Our son's talented girlfriend too, painted a stunning art piece for us. Our son gifted me with a companion for Stumpy Feldenkrais, the garden gnome he gave me last year! I think I'll name him Bashful Feldenkrais! Why Feldenkrais? Cause they look Norwegian!
|The art of giving and receiving with gratitude and love!|
Later in the day, we went for a walk and a few doors away from us, I spied this great little postbox festooned with accessories of the season! The spirit of Christmas is everywhere!
|No junk mail required, but a Merry Christmas to all!|
|Hydrangeas. My Christmas Roses!|
|Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration|
with loved ones. Look out!
Here comes New Year celebrations!!