Another Christmas has come and gone thank god ! I mean….I love it but Christmas time is when you really need a personal shopper and decorator on staff. On Xmas eve I ran around like a blue arse fly for days looking for something suitable for wifey and then finally found a shop on St 240 that sold all natural beauty spa products. I quickly procured shampoos and balms and scrubs and toners and cleansers and soaps and god knows what else. All were made of honey this and lime fusion that and wheat-grass guacamole herb extract oil au lait etc etc. Jeeeeesus. I then revisited a very nice clothes shop I had been in to twice already and decided on a beautiful navy blue halter top cocktail dress which I hoped she would love. I bought hair clips for Srey Nek and Srey Pek and was tempted to buy some stuff for my as yet unborn son but resisted. I then went to the booze shop and bought a bottle of 42Below Manuka Honey Vodka, some soda water,a case of Becks Bier and most importantly….a bottle of hubble bubble for the following morning. I wanted to re instigate a time honored family tradition of champagne and orange juice with Chrissy breakfast. That night we went to Trevor’s for a Xmas Eve party and it got a little out of hand. Everyone was having a fine time.
On Christmas morning Leakhana,Gracie and I had big cuddles and kisses and even a bit of caroling . Showers were had, Royal D was sculled and coffee was brewed and we then headed to the garden for pressie opening. Much to Grace’s delight I popped the cork on the champagne and it ricocheted off the roof and sconned mummy in the head. “OWWWW”. No damage done so onwards we went. Grace ripped in to her booty while mummy delicately picked away at hers and despite my requests for no presents, I received a very nice pair of 100% *cough* authentic Diesel jeans. Aunty Bell and family sent Grace some lovely Target outfits and some koalas which she loved and come the opening of Leakhana’s dress, it was all eyelids a fluttering and big smiles so I had done well. Actually that’s the first time I have ever bought a really expensive dress for a woman ( wedding dress aside of course ) and its quite the thing to do. Very stylish and major brownie points. We noshed on bacon and eggs, cleaned up and then I had to make my very first potato salad for Shane and Tammy’s Xmas lunch.
I LOVE potato salad and have eaten tonnes of it but I have never actually made one though of course I knew the basics. I had already bought the mayonnaise, parsley,red onions and spuds and had the rest of the ingredients at home. Apart from not having enough mayo and having to make a run to the local mini market, I absolutely NAILED the salad. Here it is ;
- Peel, wash and dice 2kg spuds into 1″ cubes and boil in a large pot until a fork goes in and out with a small bit of resistance. Leave to cool in a large mixing or salad bowl.
- Hard Boil 6 eggs and leave to cool.
- Finely dice 2 large red Spanish onions and a large handful of fresh parsley.
- Empty a LARGE jar of full-egg mayo into a mixing bowl and add one or two teaspoons of Grey Poupon Mustard . Whisk mayo and mustard together to taste.
- Add mayo mix,red onions and parsley to potatoes and slowly mix in. Leave a little parsley for garnishing.
- Peel and quarter the boiled eggs and arrange on top of salad for visual effect and sprinkle remaining parsley over the top.
- Wipe excess mayo from rim of bowl, cover with Glad wrap and place in fridge prior to serving.
And that…..my friends, is how you make a kick arse spud salad. it is now my signature dish.
It was then over to Shane and Tammy’s with Ohm Sim protesting that she did not want to go. Right…..that’s your first warning. The rest of the afternoon was spent eating and drinking and making merry. Grace crashed out as she has a horrible flu at the moment and Om Sim then announced she wanted to go home. Final Warning…..actually…..no….your fired. After a game of poker that saw me lose $3 after two ours of playing, we retired home exhausted and full to the gunnels. I thought briefly about going over to Paul’s with the untouched bottle of vodka but just did not have the strength and sleep came swiftly.