Christmas Eve Gathering Dinner

Friday, December 26, 2008

It was a last minute call from my mum that I have to prepare a Christmas Eve dinner for the family on Christmas Eve. I'm not a good cook, but when given the opportunity, I'm glad to be involved.

Since I have to be in office for the morning before I head home after lunch, there aren't too much time for me to prepare and I decided to make something simple, bake to perfection in one go.

So I draw up this manual in my mind, marinated chicken, steak and some bacon, garnish with potatoes, cherry tomatoes and baby carrots with lots of onion.

With this in mind I headed to Cold Storage and Tesco to get what I need for the dinner.

So here's what I did;

Marinated chicken thigh

Lightly marinated Australian beef

Mix vegi, consist of potatoes, baby carrot, cherry tomato covered with bacon and lots of onion.

Once all have been prepared, here it goes, into the oven !

While waiting for the meat to cook, I prepared a fresh green salad, served with olive oil and some seasoning. Healthy eating !

Alright, here's how it looks like when is taken out from the oven.

Baked potatoes, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes with beef and bacon.

Cooked chicken thigh

Here's what served on the table, not forgetting soup, mushroom soup from Campbell.

Well this foods are just enough for 10 adults. I don't think it was the best meal we ever had but sure is good enough for the stomach.

Merry Christmas !

Merry Christmas 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

This is the time of the season for sharing and giving again.

I just like to take this opportunity to with everyone, my friends, colleagues and family a very Marry and Blessed Christmas.

To my Family, my Wife Ruth and the 2 kids, Ryan and Cheryl, May GOD's blessing and grace be with you always.

To my parents, Thank you and GOD bless as you grow wiser each day.

To everyone who come and visited this blog, Merry and blessed Christmas. Feel free to drop me any comment and let me know what you feel about this blog.

For all new visitors, welcome and Merry Christmas. Enjoy your stay here.

Is Christmas Time !

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

This is the time of the year where everyone is looking forward to, Christmas! I love Christmas, simply because is the time of sharing and also time of relaxing, after one whole year or working. I usually will take off from work from Christmas to New Year, depends how the holiday falls, just to be at home or go for a short vacation or simply try to finish off any works that need attention at home.

It is also the time where there are sales all over the places. Many people will take this opportunity to buy themselves some new cloths for the New Year. Is also the time for us parents to think what to buy as present for everyone, not only the kids but for parents, brothers, sisters and friends.

Kids love Christmas the most, why? Simply because they will get presents from daddy, mummy, grandpa and grandma

My daughter Cheryl has drawn up her wish list and informed me that she wants daddy to buy this toy and grandpa to buy the other toy.

My son Ryan, only 15 months old does not understand what Christmas is but knows how to follow the sister and enjoy the fun.

Well, Christmas time must have Christmas tree and some Christmas deco at home, else it will not feel like Christmas. So we setup the Christmas trees 2 days ago.

For the pass years, decorating the tree belongs to the responsibility of daddy and mummy. However this year we have a new member to decorate the tree, and mum was kick out of the team, simply because she needs to keep Ryan away as he is the master of destroyer.

So let me welcome our new deco member, CHERYL. She decorated the whole tree alone. Daddy only responsible to put up the lighting and help tweak the deco. Cheryl now is the official owner of this Christmas tree.

Decorating the Christmas tree has been much more cheaper and easier now, thanks to IKEA for offering cheap and affordable deco kit.

When coming near to Christmas day, Ikea will usually put on some discount on their deco kit and this is the time where we grab as much as possible. Therefore we ended up with various colors theme for Christmas.

This year our color theme is GOLD, this kits were bought sometime ago but was not used.

Now Christmas tree is just look sparking gold. Sitting at the corner of the hall waiting for Santa to place to big presents underneath it. Only thing that really need some attention is the Bronze star. It needed to be replaced with a GOLD star. I’ll have to look for a nice GOLD star while I’m away on business trip this weekend.