Saturday, December 22, 2007

...and the Turkey's Thawing Out...

Just because we live in Sunny Oz where Christmas Day temps can hit 100 degrees, doesn't mean we'd do anything so sensible as have a seafood barbie on the big day. Oh-my-goddess-no. It's hot turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings, and mini plum puds for afters (even though none of us are lovers of plum pudding my dear husband insists, so he has the puds and the rest of us gorge ourselves on chocolate for the rest of the day!)

A few years ago I was very adventrous and ordered a turkey stuffed with a chicken which in turn was supposed to be stuffed with some other type of poultry from the local butcher. It looked like a huge disgusting maggot and although it tasted very yummy I've never quite got over the trauma of that sight.

So now I get a frozen turkey from Woolworths, one that doesn't have legs but has lots of breasty bits (because none of us ever eat the legs but we all love the breast) and it's currently defrosting in the bottom of the fridge. Only three sleeps to go!!

And I just want to say what a lucky girl I am, because I won a prize the other day over at the fantastico Shelley's party bash! It's From the Deep anthology and I can't wait to dive in *ha ha!*

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Nell Dixon said...

Merry Christmas.

Shelley Munro said...

LOL Christina. You need to pack up your crew and come over here. My MIL would love a traditional dinner but we (her kids and partners) all put our collective feet down. We've been having BBQs for a few years now.

I hope you enjoy From the Deep. The stories get progressively hotter as you work through the anthology. I'm the naughty one at the end ;)

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2008.

Christina Phillips said...

Shelley, I'm thinking of putting my foot down - it was SOOO hot here yesterday. The only thing is I love turkey!!

And I'll make sure I have the air con on full blast when I read From the Deep LOL!!

Sara Hantz said...

We had turkey and all the trimings for the first time since moving to NZ - next year the kids want the same again because they preferred it from a bbq - though think we might opt for chicken rather than turkey!!!!

Christina Phillips said...

Sara, glad the children enjoyed your traditional turkey dinner!! I'm doing it all over again on New Year's Day (I must be barking!)