Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Holiday Food Orgy Down Under Has Commenced!

I hope you all don't mind *burp* if I don't post daily bird pics for the next *burp* two weeks... I'm, ah, busy cooking *burp* for the clan and eating lots *belch*.

If you go back to my 2008 Holiday Feast list, you'll see what this is all about. Please note, some items have been removed and others added. Just cus.

It actually started yesterday, but that was just a bunch of baking to be eaten over the next few days. The orgy really started today at lunch. I made a massive sushi platter, a kilo of steamed mussels (soaked in chardonnay and some secret seasonings), fresh sun-hot juicy ripe tomatoes, and tempura battered crab meat. Oh, chocolate covered almonds, and nectarines for dessert. A bottle of chardonnay decanted from a cheap box rounded out the meal.

Tonight is a beef roast, mashed spuds, steamed broccoli and loads of gravy. Probably a fruitcake for dessert (no, I'm not being eaten). Tomorrow morning will start out with me making chocolate covered strawberries and decorated ginger bread to have with the champagne while we open all the loot. This will, of course, be after WP have had our annual Christmas morning stroll on the beach.

Almost forgot, we are up to 165 tomatoes harvested so far. I haven't counted what's on the vines, so let's go with last weeks count minus whatever I've taken off. That leaves 220, I think. But since the buggers keep producing them and it's still early in the season... you get the idea. *burp*

I've been a bit lazy with getting good parrot pictures, I'm sorry. I'll get some really awesomely great ones these next few days and post them. And I owe wallpapers to 2 of ya and a screensaver to 1 of ya... Heck, that'll give me something to do on Boxing Day while watching the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Oh, SV Meerkat; would you like a dvd of the start and background of the boats? Lemme know, eh?

It's been a fairly mild day. Sunny, barely 90 F in the shade. Don't know what it was in the direct sun, guessing 110 F. It'll be about the same tomorrow for Christmas day so I'll make sure to bundle up for the walk on the beach.

I know I've kept you all waiting to find out what was in my shorts that were left out overnight by the pool after an evening of skinny dipping. Would any of you believe the critter in this picture was in my shorts? Oh, and by the way, do any of you blokes/blokettes (or sheilas if you prefer) up north know what it is?
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Let these next pictures be a warning to all you impressionable youths. DON'T DRINK IN THE POOL LOUNGE!!! Cus bad things can happen...

It began as just an ordinary afternoon in the pool...
beer and pool 01
Ahhhhhh, what a nice day...



But all of a sudden, and without warning, a massive tsunami hit the pool!
beer and pool 02
HELP!



beer and pool 04
Auuucckkkk!!!



beer and pool 03
Don't worry about me, save the BEER!



Fortunately for the beer, calm was soon restored:
beer and pool 05



Here's hoping y'all have a great holiday season!

Cheers from Oz,
dave

6 comments:

Ishmael said...

Ha! I think I've discovered your deceit, Dirty Dingo Dave Down: You are far too pale to actually spend more than a few seconds in the sun for your beefcake photospreads. You sir, are not a sun-worshiper, but rather, one who spends as little time in it as possible!

Aha! Maverick.

Aricia Gavriel said...

Ishmael -- actually, it's your typical Aussie thing: Aussies wear teeshirts in the sun on account of the lethal ultraviolet levels down here. The sun's deadly. Sun worshippers are out there in the hat and shades, teeshirt and several gallons of sunblock!! The "sun bronzed Aussies" of yonks gone by have turned into these wizened-up little prunes and walnuts with ... bits of themselves missing! Every time a melanoma comes up the doctors just hack a bit off! No joke. I once saw a sun-baked-brown character (surfer dude) without a nose ... which was bizarre. Kind of like Michael Jackson on a wave board. Ghastly. Shivers.) Slip, slop, slap and all that.

Merry Christmas,
AG

Fizzgig said...

that makes me so jealous, lounging in the pool....as I drove to work in an ice storm. ick.

Jim and Heather on Meerkat said...

Love the pics! Did WP actually get to use her camera?
Would LOVE a dvd of the boats and start :) Thanks!
And the food... drool. Is this the payoff at the end of the year for WP and WP's family? They listen to your jokes and puns all year then get to feast on all your excellent creations?
HAPPY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

tundratantrum said...

I was thinking the same thing as Ish...for a guy that spends so much time in the pool you sure are pale.

Hey...you would be proud of my cookin'. For Christmas Eve dinner I made roast lamb with a marinade made out of dijon mustard, honey, lemon zest, garlic and rosemary. The side was garlic and herb brown rice with orzo. Yummy.

Hope you and the wifey and LBLMOAHS have a very Merry Christmas.
Cathy

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Fishmeal: My Mavericketynessity knows no bounds!

Aricia: Thanks for ruining my lunch :) Wanna go surfin'?

Fizzgig: Ummm... Been there, done that. You (and the manfriend) are, of course, invited to visit, no worries.

SV Meerkat: Yes, the year end feast makes up for all the rest of the year. I'm currently working on baking the logs for a chocolate log cabin... drool...

Tundratantrum: Hey, thems sound like some great seasonings for lamb! Did you take pics? Merry Christmas to you and yours from all of us down unda.