It seems that, with Christmas, additional entertaining tends to be the way things go. For us it comes in the form of family members who travel down from interstate. In our desperation to eke out a extra little time with people we love and rarely get to see, we invite them over for an impromptu meal with very little notice.
I knew that with only a couple of hours to shop and cook Nigella would have some kind of answer for me. Actually, it was Miss Sunshine who suggested fajitas, and I knew Nigella had a great recipe. So we sat down to a meal which, apart from the colour of the dishes, looked exactly like the one pictured above. Simple, easy and not too time-consuming. Two children hate capsicum. Three children love it. One child didn't care. There was some picking out and some gobbling up, in equal measure, on that score.
For dessert we had watermelon and nectarine slices.
Today I decided it was time to find out what lies beyond my kitchen window. Four years of build up meant a dusty, somewhat moldy view. This morning I took out the fly screen and hosed it down, and then cleaned the windows. Wow - there are really pretty trees, and rosemary, and chives out there. And now I can see it all very clearly.
I could be persuaded to do a little window cleaning here and there and find out what lies beyond all the other windows too. It might take some time. Between reading. And sleeping.
Do you get to the end of all your Christmas celebrations and find yourself unable to digest a single morsel more? I didn't quite get to that this year, but a day at my parents saw me nibble my way through more sugar than I eat in a month. Well....my pavlova, my Mum's apple pie and a mango twist on a tiramisu...what's a girl to do? And sugar coated peanuts embody my childhood and I simply cannot leave them in the bowl. It wouldn't be right. And homemade shortbread. You can see how the day went.
I'm finding it very easy to nibble on small tidbits rather than sit down to a full meal. Unfortunately the boys in the house don't quite agree. I'm sitting here trying to figure out a menu plan so I can go grocery shopping (in the Aldi store that opened in Our Town just before Christmas. Hallelujah and Praise the Lord!). You know what? I can't think of a single thing I feel like eating. Because I don't feel like eating at all. And then my tummy rumbles and I know something has to keep it quiet. But what?
It will be 37C and 39C (around the 100F mark) on Friday and Saturday so I image something cold will need to happen. Who wants to cook on days like that?!
What do you eat after Christmas when your tummy is tired of digesting food?