I'm not religious so Christmas for me doesn't have any religious significance. Instead Christmas is just about eating, drinking, gifts and being around family and friends.
This year, for Christmas dinner, I decided to do a Peking Duck dinner. It's so easy to do it yourself at home so why not. I just had to be a bit organised and made sure the roast duck shop would be open on Christmas day. I put in an order for four ducks and picked them up in the afternoon.
I pop the ducks into the oven for a bit more just to really crisp up the skin. Then it's a matter of carving the ducks into small chunks. We weren't very good at it but managed to hack the meat into small pieces.
Prepare some pickled carrot and radish, slices of cucumber and spring onion and just Lee Kum Kee store bought Hoi Sin sauce.
Combine that all onto a store bought and steamed pancake, and voila, you have this incredible tasting treat. I don't like roast duck by itself, but combined with these other flavours, I can't get enough of it. We managed to chomp through three ducks. No one touched any of the fried rice prepared.
As for presents, I got lots of wine this year. Last year it was virtually all chocolates. This year, it was mostly alcohol, some chocolates. The non alcoholic presents included this very cool medieval looking wine bottle ornament. You put it over a wine bottle. For what purpose, I don't know, but it looks extremely cool.
I also loved the Sunbeam food processor I got. Now I can make even more cakes and things that need a processor.
Another gift that I love is the Sunbeam Mixmaster. Word has gotten round that I now like to bake so this is a very appropriate gift.