Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The day before...

What happens the day before Christmas?

Well, as far as I can see, the men and children wait for the day to arrive while women all over the world prepare for the festivities and meals for that day! 

Yesterday I was in Shinyanga doing the last minute shopping for our function which we're having tonight at the Guest House. Grant ordered Indian  bitings (snacks) to be served. The main meal, instead of the ubiquitous braai/BBQ, will be Chicken Biryani, Vegetable Biryani and raita.  Apart from all the company expats (who are very excited at having a Christmas party)  being there, Grant's also invited the people from the client. So it will be a veritable United Nations with Indians, Pakistanis, Ghanians, Filipinos, Serbians, one Englishman, two English-speaking South Africans (Grant and me) and twelve Afrikaans - speaking South Africans!

Meanwhile I've the 6kg turkey thawing on the kitchen counter, with the gammon next to it. Today I'll be making the stuffing of pork sausages, breadcrumbs and herbs for the turkey. I will start to roast it in the oven at 3am on Christmas day. Once I've prepared the gammon with a sticky sauce, I'll be grilling that in the oven too. 

Meanwhile on Christmas morning Grant will make a large trifle (Christmas puddings are store bought and will be heated just before lunch) and I will make a large three-bean salad. 

Yesterday Michael mowed the lawn at our house and over at the Guest House. I wandered around camera in hand and took some photos for posterity!

 Our resident rooster and two of his five hens enjoy the newly mowed grass

cool and shadowy garden surrounds our house
One corner of our house with the reed fence which encloses our back garden

To everyone who may be going on a blogging break and all the others who, like me, are blogging straight through:


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  1. Well it sounds like you are going to have a wonderful Christmas meal. I love to have turkey at Christmas along with stuffing and I make mine with pork sausages, herbs and bread crumbs just like you do!

    I do not know what a gammon is. I will have to look that up. We won't be having trifle as I didn't grow up with that on the menu but will likely have a pumpkin pie. I don't usually have that at Christmas either. We usually have that at Thanksgiving. But it will be nice to have it on the menu.

    Your garden and feathered friends look so nice. Everything is so lush and green.

    Have a perfect day and a very Merry Christmas to you and Grant and the Hedge's pet menagerie.

  2. Merry, merry Christmas to you and Grant!

  3. Sure sounds like a great meal with all kinds of good company.

  4. What an enormous difference to the garden when you moved in !!
    A 6 kg turkey ?? how long does that cook ?? I asked Dominique to cook my guinea hen in her stove, I only have a micro wave stove to grill, but couldn't find out how long it has to cook ! It's only 1,5kg, because we are only 3 to eat it, Marieken only eats fish !

  5. Jo, your meal sounds like it will be lovely. Lots of planning and cooking to be done. I am going to my sisters for dinner!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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