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Its Another Happy Hot Christmas!
Our Happy Hot Christmases
Christmas is just around the corner and when it comes the temperature in Melbourne, Australia, it will be soaring.
So over here its out with the hot roast turkey and in with the fresh salads and fruit, with cold cuts of meat,seafood and prawns on the barbie for most.
Some still go ahead with the tradition roast and Christmas pudding but there is these days a greater general trend to mix the foods and eat more appropriate food relating to the climate we live in here.
Which is hot,hot,hot!!
Christmas is Hot In Australia
Have you had Christmas in Australia?
Late Christmas Lunch
In our family we tend to take turns in putting on the Christmas lunch and we all contribute by bringing dishes we have cooked ourselves, along with the Christmas presents and other goodies so that no one really has to cook anything which helps out the host.
Gone are the days when our mothers had to cook a turkey in a hot oven for two to three hours in the heat of the Australian summer and provide rich traditional Christmas dishes for us all. Poor mothers of the then Australia!
We still have some of the traditional dishes otherwise it just wouldn't be Christmas as we know it but not the hot and labour intensive dishes as we knew it back then.
Cold cuts of ham and turkey, Christmas pud, white christmas,mince pies and a nice moist christmas cake go down well.Some of which are made by family members or bought at a decent deli.
We usually have our Christmas lunch alfresco, unless the heat is impossible,so on Christmas morning sail cloths are hoisted,umbrellas are up, dining tables are prepared and barbeques fired up, on the many lawns and backyards of Australia on this merry day.
Christmas in Australia
What To Cook Up?
I think this year I will make a Tabouli Salad to go with the prawns and other meats and also make up a large bowl of mixed berries,consisting of strawberries,raspberry and blueberries.
Here in Melbourne we have a large range of fresh produce than can be bought at our great local markets, The Victoria Market being one that is in close proximity to me.There, there is fresh fruit and veg garlore and a great stock of sea food that comes in on a daily basis in the early hours of the morning, keeping everything fresh.
A multicultural Melbourne with multicultural fruit and vegetables for multicultural dishes.
My Tabouli Salad recipe is very simple and based on the traditional Arabic dish.Not a traditional Christmas salad by any means but it does go done well with all.
135 (3/4 cups) fine bulgur
80ml (1/3 cups) fresh lemon juice
Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 ripe(about 340g) egg tomatoes, halved and finely chopped.
1 Lebanese cucumber,halved lengthways and finely chopped
3 green shallots,ends trimmed and thinly sliced
4 cups loosely packed,coarsely chopped,fresh continental parsley
2/3 cups of loosely packed,coarsely chopped fresh mint
1.Place the burghul in a medium bowl and cover with cold water.Set aside for one hour.
2.Drain bulgur though a fine sieve and use hands to squeeze out excess water.
Spread burghul over a baking tray lined with paper towel and set aside for 30 mins to dry.
3.Combine lemon juice and olive oil in a screw top jar.Season with sea salt and ground black pepper.Shake well until well combined.
4.Combine bulgur,tomato,cucumber,green shallots,parsley and mint into large serving bowl.Drizzle with dressing and stir to combiner.
© 2010 Julia M S Pearce