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Old 12-22-2011, 06:08 AM   #151
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:47 AM   #152
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Beautiful shots of Beautiful decorations. I do find it amusing that even down there the displays depict the European view of Christmas which is "It's snowy and cold and everyone is dressed in their winter coats." when clearly this is NOT the case down under! I admit growing up /living in a Christmas/Winter climate nice weather is a real stumbling block to feeling "Christmas-y". Partly why I find I don't really get into the decorations at Disney.
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:19 PM   #153
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Melbourne looks beautiful all dressed up for Christmas! Thanks for the Gorgeous photos.

I'm going into the city (Sydney) today. I might get some photos of the QVB in her finery but Sydney overall doesn't have the same old world charm that Melbourne has.

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Beautiful Photos, love the Christmas Lights on the church!
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Beautiful photos, I think I remember seeing that church when I was there in 1999.
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They are wow pictures! Its nice to see a place that makes the city all christmasy..
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Thanks! Glad to see you visiting again.

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Beautiful shots of Beautiful decorations. I do find it amusing that even down there the displays depict the European view of Christmas which is "It's snowy and cold and everyone is dressed in their winter coats." when clearly this is NOT the case down under! I admit growing up /living in a Christmas/Winter climate nice weather is a real stumbling block to feeling "Christmas-y". Partly why I find I don't really get into the decorations at Disney.
Give it some time....its only been 7 or 8 generations since the white settlers left the Old Dart. They might need a bit more time to get used to the idea of Christmas in a t-shirt, thongs and that shrimp on the Barbie!



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Melbourne looks beautiful all dressed up for Christmas! Thanks for the Gorgeous photos.

I'm going into the city (Sydney) today. I might get some photos of the QVB in her finery but Sydney overall doesn't have the same old world charm that Melbourne has.

Have a Wonderful Christmas

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas yourself. And I checked out your pictures of QVB on your PTR.


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Beautiful Photos, love the Christmas Lights on the church!
It's the first time I've seen them light up the city like this. I hope this becomes a yearly tradition; with more building added to the list.


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Beautiful photos, I think I remember seeing that church when I was there in 1999.
I hope you liked your visit in 1999. The church is St Paul's Cathedral and stands opposite the main railway station; and Federation Square. I don't think Fed Square was around in 1999.


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Beautiful pictures!! Makes me want to come visit!

Just let me know when.

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They are wow pictures! Its nice to see a place that makes the city all christmasy..

They are a little bit spaced apart...but there is a nice Christmas feel to Melbourne; if you go walking and seek out the decorations.


Thanks everyone.
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OT - Christmas Food Porn

A Christmas Eve Feast!

On the first dish of Christmas, my mother made for us,
A Pork and Pineapple Assam curry.





On the second dish of Christmas, my mother also made for us,
A picked vegetable Achar.





On the third dish of Christmas, my father made for us,
Chicken Rendang!





Sambal Prawns… (I made this)





Fried spicy chicken…





Chickpea curry (another one of mine)





And a vegetarian mushroom broccoli.





For the eighth dish of Christmas, my brother made for us
Warm Thai Beef salad.





My plate!





For the ninth dish of Christmas, we ventured into sweets.
A lemon tart with berries.




For the tenth dish of Christmas, we OD’ed on fats!
Vodka laden trifle.





Two more dishes of Christmas….to have with coffee.
One of which was Madelines….





And my alcoholic soaked Rum Balls!






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(Continued from Previous Post)


Followed by another Christmas Day Feast….


Not content with stuffing ourselves on Christmas Eve, we had my parents over for Christmas Day lunch.
My menu consisted of Roast Turkey Breast Roll. My chicken shop at the Vic Market debones it and sells them in a roll – stuff or unstuffy. I decided to go with the unstuffed version this year.





It might look a little pink in the picture…but it was beautiful. Tender and moist. I did make gravy…but I didn’t take a picture of it (nor of my plate!)






Salmon with a dill stuffing. DH is vegetarian; so the turkey is wasted on him. I found this recipe years ago and it seems to fit the festive season. The stuffing includes breadcrumbs, onion, dill, pine nuts and parsley.






My sides included roasted bell peppers, marinated in oil and white wine vinegar;





Stuffing for the meat lovers. After consultation with the What’s For Dinner thread, I decided on individual portions cooked in a muffin tin. The stuffing is made from breadcrumbs, pine nuts, apple, onions, apricots, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper.





Potatoes, roasted with rosemary and garlic. They were cooked, just…and could have done with 10 more minutes in the oven.





A large salad. The lettuce leaves are all from my garden, the tomatoes come from my MiL’s garden. We dressed it with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.




Dessert? Absolutely.


The traditional plum pudding.




I served it with custard.





Another trifle.





..and berries.





I would have pulled out the Rum Balls; but everyone was stuffed to the gills by this stage. No dinner for me.


Merry Christmas everyone!






ps. These pictures and the recipes for the Salmon and the Sambal Prawns are likely to feature in the WFD thread in the next week or so.
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Everything looks just great! You're making me crave a home cooked meal! I hope you enjoy Boxing Day!
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Wow - just - WOW!! Loving the photos of festive Melbourne. There are not a lot of lights in Brisbane city! Maybe one day!!!
And your food - yummmmm!! Love it all!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are relaxing today! And, perhaps, dare I say - fasting???
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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Wow - just - WOW!! Loving the photos of festive Melbourne. There are not a lot of lights in Brisbane city! Maybe one day!!!
And your food - yummmmm!! Love it all!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are relaxing today! And, perhaps, dare I say - fasting???
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thanks! Merry Christmas to you too!


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What a yummy looking Christmas feast! We've been eating so much leading up to Christmas, and only had a few people at our house, we stripped Christmas dinner down to basics this year. Christmas celebration was a day of rest. Today - more wrapping for visiting relatives over New Year's.
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