Christmas Day kicked off early with a trip to the Abbey for Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve. Not quite what we expected, but a great experience all the same. Our Christmas feast involved everyone being assigned a course, we all had to plan what were going to make and buy the ingredients. Sam was first up with some very impressive Blueberry French Toast and Hot Chocolate (with real chocolate and cream). We all decided we might have to postpone Christmas after eating it, did someone say overindulge... but delicious!
Somehow we all rallied and were ready for Anastasia's aperitifs by 12pm. Very sophisticated and suitably French. Smoked Salmon Blinis along with Olive and Tomato Pastries and some French Champagne for the grown ups, pink grape bubbles for everyone else.
Jigsaws, robots and poetry (all presents) occupied us for a few hours while Maddy whipped up our next course, a Cranberry, Brie and Pistachio Wreath Pie. Tasted as good as it looks. Very festive!
Then time for a walk, along the river to the bridge then back on the other side. It's actually pretty mild out today but still everyone gets their new scarfs and hats out!
Time for a movie and main meal, Roast Chicken with Chestnut Cranberry Stuffing, Potato Dauphanoise and a Salad with Fresh Cranberries, Pear and Blue Cheese.
By this stage we were feeling a little over Christmased, but we soldered on and Camille called us back together for her Buche de Noel or Chocolate Log. And lucky she did, because it was delicious! Somehow we managed to eat it up with cream and meringues, amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. What a fantastic Christmas Day!
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.