Anne here, as we move into our Wenchly daily Christmastide blogging. I've scored the Boxing Day blog several times in the past, so if you'd like to read my 2008 blog about the traditions and practice of Boxing Day, as well as some odd Australian traditions, click on this link.
I'm avoiding the Boxing Day sales, and not watching the cricket — or any TV. Nor will I be cooking for a while, as I'll be browsing on the leftovers from Christmas dinner, as well as cherries and mangoes and watermelon. It's summertime and I always have this bowl filled with cherries on my Christmas table. And there is some of the "Christmas Crack" I made for Kris Kringle "home-made" presents left over, so I guess I'll be nibbling on that, too. It's very yummy. Recipe here.
For Christmas dinner we started with a prawn salad, then a hot meal followed; baked loin of pork with crackling, baked vegies and green bean salad. We followed it (after some time) with hot plum pudding, ice-cream and brandy butter. We flamed the pudding with brandy. It's very easy to do, but for some at dinner it was the first time they'd seen it. You just heat some brandy, light it and pour it over the pudding. There's a video here.
Not all Australians go for the hot traditional baked dinner these days. Because it's hot, many go for lighter meals, seafood, cold meats and salads, while for some it's a meal cooked on the barbecue — my friend baked these potatoes on her barbecue because she didn't have space in the oven.
Some people will simply have crayfish (lobster) and prawns at the beach, washed down with champagne, and followed by mango or watermelon or some other kind of fruit for dessert. Or ice-cream.
A lot of people will be at the beach, because for many it's the start of the long summer holidays. Most of my childhood Christmases were spent at the beach, which is why I love this photo of the little girl with the driftwood Christmas tree. Brings back all sorts of happy memories.
And many have replaced the hot Christmas pudding (aka plum pudding) with plum pudding ice-cream or pavlova for dessert. Plum pudding ice-cream can be made by simply mixing a crumbled plum pud into softened ice-cream and then refreezing it. It surprisingly yummy. Or you can follow this more complicated recipe.
As for pavlova, it's a huge favorite here— a crisp meringue shell that's soft and marshmallowy inside, filled with whipped cream and fresh fruit — a perfect summer dessert. There are even vegan pavlovas, the meringue part of which is based on the liquid from canned chickpeas (yes, it sounds weird but it works!), and the cream made from coconut cream or whipped cashew nut cream. There's a recipe here.
How's this fabulous OTT pavlova Christmas tree from this site? I love it.