Beach Cottage Holiday Deck Table Christmas Decorating
Thu 9th, Dec, 2010
G’day, what’s cooking?
Well I tell you what, I have the ingredients for Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls assembled on my kitchen bench. I really do not know though if they will get made (oh and thanks to Mary for finding the maple oil and thanks to Alice for your puff pastry version…so trying that :-) ) because once I took a look at what to do properly, I got a trifle scared. For a start the whole dough thing and then the rolling and gasp the number of steps…I am not anywhere near the skill of Pioneer Woman here, plus I have the patience of a knat, plus I really really should be doing other things than trying to make cinnamon rolls from someone on a ranch on the other side of the world…but for some reason these are saying Christmas Morning in BC Land 2010.
Will report back on the results. With Christmas bells on.
Now back to something I am much more of a dab hand at. Setting the table.
Much of our dining is centred outside at this time of year and even if it isn’t blistering hot, it’s more than warm enough to sit outside nearly year round here…love that…
and go to Susan’s blog party for more Christmas tables galore, HERE…
It’s taken me a while to get used to the Christmas dining experience in the summer though…and I have taken a few different routes to the celebratory meal in this climate.
Firstly, when we were fresh-off-the-boat, I decided to completely ignore the sweltering heat and go for a full on Christmas dinner….the English way…turkey, pigs in blankets, bread sauce, brussells…you name it I cooked it in a hot kitchen. By the end of it I was a sweating heap…
Next I tried the turkey on the barbie, same sorta trimmings but all based outside. OK but it felt kinda wrong, the hot food, the warmth inducing carbs in temps in the 80′s.
After that we went for picnic style, I cooked a huge turkey in the morning while we opened presents etc and then we carted down to the beach a huge picnic basket, a table dressing for the picnic bench by the sea, an Eski that had enough drink in it for most of New South Wales and a layered salad (the recipe I had receeved from an Aussie girl in Queensland on a cooking forum I used to belong to).
This Christmas Day picnic experience gave us a two things.
One the layered salad (and I must blog that, it is a true BC Recipe, which means it is a no-brainer but looks like you worked hard) was a huge huge success, the BC Crew have never scoffed so many raw vegetables in one hit.
And two, never try and do a Christmas dressed up table on a public picnic bench…you will have a husband cursing having to lug china plates, white linen napery and a centrepiece from the car that is parked a mile away.
Another year, we were away on holiday in the Whitsundays. And I thought Sydney was hot.
We took a vote in our little family on what we wanted to eat on the day. We settled on a tapas type affair, with something like 15 small courses, lasting all day from about mid-day until the bronzed bird made an entrance late afternoon. We made one fatal mistake here, though, in that along with these courses we decided that Mr BC and I would have a different little tipple to go with each one. And so we found ourselves very Christmas Day sozzled, hot and stuffed before the turkey was anywhere near the table.
So, last year I thought I had it nearly there and this year, even more I am feeling mildly confident that I have found the solution to the Christmas Dinner Down Under and that we will be able to celebrate in the way that means holiday to our family in our new life, but keep alive those traditions from Blighty that I love.
So in saying that on our table will be a very large turkey, cooked most probably on the barbie, a layered salad, roast potatoes and some pigs in blankets and I know it doesn’t go with salad but there’ll be white bread sauce, I’ll spoon it from a bowl if I have to. White sauce is Christmas to me and Mr BC. There is a story, I’ll save that for a rainy day.
To start we will have seafood, namely King Prawns, which once you have tasted them, in Australia, at Christmas, you will never, ever eat a prawn that lives up to it again. And to follow we will have cheese and something cold…to drink will be a few bottles of bubbly and as that is mostly out of bounds to me now, a jug full of Pimms No. 1.
Anyway back to table dressing. I like the Christmas table to be special, to me that means linen napkins, a few baubles thrown around and I love a wreath, if it’s the right sort.
So this table started off with the wreath, which I added to a few baubles (all collected from previous years) and some hydgrangeas from my garden…I had in the back of my mind a Nordic feel Australia style..the green of the wreath with a summer feel…the blooming of the flowers that are my fave.
I tied the napkins with shell ball baubles that were a new addition last year and for some sparkle and so that it wasn’t all uniform added sparkly silver lovehearts too…I found the little jars in Vinnies, the other day for 50 cents each…
…love the calm that is white and silver at Christmas time, but then again I love me some pomegranate red…
I hope you like it…as ever all on a budget…no fancy stuff here ;-)
See you tomorrow, there’ll be a GIVEAWAY for a giftcard…I am hoping that it’ll provide one lucky BCer with a bit of Christmas cheer…spread the word ;-)
Jingle Bells from the Lucky Country