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Our Christmas in Australia

Updated on November 12, 2017
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Our first tree after moving overseas.

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Our christmas Traditions

We have some things that we generally do, but as a rule, as a tradition, we always incorporate these things into our holiday.

A Christmas tree

Wreaths, one for the front door, this wreath is generally artificial. However, we put fresh wreaths made of balsam or pine.

Christmas stockings

Nativity

Assorted Christmas figurines such as angels, Santa Claus, ceramic trees, and snowmen. Candy dishes and sleds.

Christmas Breakfast

Egg Nog

Christmas dinner

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

Our meal traditions with occasional extras that guests bring

Baked, glazed ham

Mashed potatoes - but in the not traditional way

homemade macaroni and cheese

Corn

Peasant bread

and for dessert -

Pavlova


Pineapple, brown sugar glazed baked ham

Pineapple and brown sugar glazed, baked ham

1 spiral ham about 4.5kilos or 10 pounds, fully cooked

1 cup (240m) of pineapple juice

1 Cinnamon stick

1/2 cup of brown sugar (90 G)

5 whole cloves

Boil the Pineapple juice, cinnamon stick, brown sugar and cloves in a pan until thick.

Brush the liquid onto your ham, remembering to get the glaze between the slices.

Place the ham into the oven on 165 c (or 325f) for about 90 minutes.

Let rest for 15 minutes before serving.

This ham is so delicious, it is moist, flavorful and excellent hot or cold.

I love baking and when I bake this, my home smells so festive and I feel it just brings a real sense of comfort, that being at home feeling and so much better when you are surrounded by your family and friends.

I hope that you enjoy it as well.

Cheers.


Cheesy mashed potatoes

Cheesy mashed potatoes

12 medium size potatoes, peeled and chopped

8 tablespoons of butter
1/4 teaspoon of salt and another of pepper

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.


After you have boiled the chopped potatoes, put into a mixing bowl 1/2 of the butter, add the hot, drained potatoes, and add the remaining butter, salt, and pepper. Mix with an electric mixer, while slowly adding the cheese, if you find that the potatoes become too thick, gradually add some milk until the desired consistency.

as a variation, you can also add onion powder or garlic powder, I'd say about 1/2 teaspoon, depending on your taste.

I also like to make mashed potatoes using onion. I cut up an onion into small pieces and boil it with the potatoes and drain when done. I then use my mixer to mix the potatoes, onion and some butter. Delicious.





Homemade Macaroni and cheese

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Homemade Macaroni and cheese with sour cream

2 cups of elbow macaroni

16 oz container of sour cream

8oz shredded cheddar

4 oz Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 can of evaporated milk.

Boil pasta until al dente (firm to the bite)

in a bowl mix the hot pasta with the sour cream and cheeses

Transfer to your baking dish and lay out evenly

add 1/2 can of evaporated milk all over the top and then equal part water (Or alternatively, use warm milk)

Topping:

1 tablespoon of melted butter

1 cup of breadcrumbs (unseasoned)

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Mix the butter and breadcrumbs together in a bowl, then mix in cheese, add to the top of the macaroni and cheese and bake in the oven until golden brown.

350f for about 30 minutes.

*Another variation to this is to also add 4ox of Colby cheese*

Many people also prefer to melt the cheese prior and pour over the hot pasta, add topping and bake.


Peasant Bread (No Kneading)

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No Knead yeast bread - Pheasant Bread

You need

4 cups of Flour, 2 and 1/4 teaspoons of yeast, 2 teaspoons of salt, 2 cups of warm water, and 1 tablespoon of sugar

You can use active dry yeast packet or rapid rise yeast.

Open the yeast packet (or use 2 and 1/4 teaspoons of yeast)

in a small bowl add 2 cups of warm water, add the yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar (can use brown sugar) This activates the yeast. let stand a few minutes until it is foamy - then add in flour and salt, stir until you have a better - I use a wooden spoon.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm area, takes about 35 to 45 minutes.

After rising, split the loaf in half and put into your prepared bread pans and let rise again (no plastic wrap) about 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350f or 175 c for about 30 minutes, if it is not golden brown, let cook further and watch it. The center temperature of the bread should be about 200f or 93 c.

I baked mine in a pan, but I really prefer the look of it baked in a round,oven-safe bowl. I also should have split mine more evenly so it was not so large, however it was still amazing.







Pavlova

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Instructions

  1. Have all ingredients on your bench top because you can not stop mixing to get something you forgot. Place the baking paper on a flat baking tray Beat egg whites with electric mixer until soft peak forms add sugar, cornflour, cream of tartar, and vinegar and beat until glossy
  2. Put the meringue onto the baking paper making a circle, leaving the center just slightly hollow. Place into oven and cook on 130C for 90 minutes or 260 f. this should be crisp on the outside. Remove from oven when done, you can leave it in the oven with the door slightly open, with the oven now turned off to cool.
  3. Decorate with whipped cream and seasonal fruit.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 35 min
Yields: 6

Ingredients for Pavlova, a meringue dessert named after a Russian ballerina named Anna Pavlova.

  • 4 Egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 electric mixer
  • 1 baking paper
  • pinch cream of tarter
  • 300 mils or a bit over 2 cups Thickened cream, for the frosting

Pavlova with whipped topping

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 6
Calories 404
Calories from Fat162
% Daily Value *
Fat 18 g28%
Carbohydrates 54 g18%
Sugar 52 g
Protein 6 g12%
Sodium 96 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

All you add is water and sugar into your mixer , follow the mixing directions and you have perfect pavlova. I have used this product and my only critique is tha

Pavlova

So many absolutely love this dessert. It is so good.

You can use any seasonal fruit to garnish the cream and if it's a holiday or birthday, you can get really creative with it using the fruit to make a design. I prefer to make my own whipped topping, but if you like it sweeter or to add a specific flavor, you can always add confectionary sugar while mixing it or a 1/2 a box of your favorite pudding (boxed dry pudding). You can also add a couple drops food coloring to the whipping cream to change its color. I sometimes do that with the base as well.



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