Last Christmas in pictures

It is fascinating how a few moments of doing something you don’t enjoy feel like a million years, yet when you look back at the good memories from year(s) ago, it feels as if they happened only yesterday.

Fortunately the good memories visit us much more often than the unwanted ones. Compared to this year’s tropical celebration, last Christmas was so cosy and special, that we decided to share some of those beautiful moments here. Happy holidays!

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Camembert and caramelised apple salad

It is true what Bryan Adams has taught us – “You don’t know what you’ve got ’till its gone”. For a food lover like myself, it has been way too long without a cooking facility. Six. Bloody. Months. Only during times like these you realise what you really enjoy in life –
cooking. And cheese.
Man I love cheese! This week Auste and I bought 3 tubs of goats’ cheese, five packets of mozzarella, a round of camembert and a block of gouda… We didn’t really think about the fact that cheese has an expiry date, and we’re just two small people. So with all the cheesy stuff going on, we decided to make a cheese salad.
Today I had the last day of school before the Christmas break and I asked Auste to prep all the ingredients so we could take a photo before it gets too dark. I get home, and guess what? She asks if I could help prep everything before it gets too dark!
We finished just in time for a beautiful sunset and really enjoyed the meal.
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The sweetness of the caramelised apple goes very well with peppery rocket leaves. Soft and flavoursome camembert goes well with the crunchy garlic bread. All of those things combined make a really simple ‘gourmet’ dinner.
Ingredients:
small baguette, cut into 1cm slices
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 apples cut into wedges
handful of rocket salad
100 g camembert cheese, cut into thin wedges
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
optional – handful of grapes for a lighter taste
Directions:
1. Brush the bread with oil and garlic and grill for a few minutes until golden. (add a touch of salt and pepper)
2. Heat butter and sugar in a pan over medium heat.
3. Add the apples and sauté for 2-3 minutes until light golden.
4. Arrange all of the ingredients onto a serving platter and drizzle with the remaining butter from the pan and a touch of balsamic vinegar.
Camembert salad

Christmas in Bangkok

It’s cold. I’m actually wearing a shawl most mornings because at 6am it feels a bit chilly. The temperature gets as low as 20 degrees. No, that’s not below 0.  And yes, I never thought I’d call 20 degrees cold, but now I do. Even the street dogs are wearing clothes!

And it’s nice, it feels a bit more Christmassy than it did a couple of weeks ago. We were taking some pictures to send instead of Christmas cards and couldn’t understand why it was so ridiculously hot… then we saw a thermometer showing 40 degrees. Hence, the only time you can feel the Christmas mood is travelling on the skytrain after dusk – when you’re inside a train with aircon set to probably 16 and you see all the Christmas lights through the window.

Christmas Bangkok

Christmas Bangkok
Merry Christmas!

It’s interesting that even though everything is decorated for Christmas and there are Christmas trees all over the place, we couldn’t find any Christmas cards to buy.

For the past 3 days at school all I’ve been doing with the girls was listening to Christmas songs while they were making Christmas cards. I couldn’t believe how creative they were – those were the most beautiful cards I’ve seen kids make! Even the non-participant naughty girls got involved – I was amazed:)

Xmas cards

And what a celebration we had at school today! We were singing Christmas songs during the morning ceremony, the little ones were dressed up as angels, reindeers.. And when multiple Santas were throwing sweets into the crowd, the girls looked like a colourful sea with waives rising up wherever candy appeared! And there was non-stop partying in every classroom afterwards…

But it still doesn’t feel like Christmas Eve. It almost feels as if Christmas has come and gone without a trace.

Maybe it’s because we’re not having the traditional Christmas Eve dinner and we’ll be eating pasta, olives and cheese with wine instead. Reason being these things are so expensive here that we decided that will be our Christmas present for ourselves. We’ve even received cheese by post as a gift!:)

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Or maybe it doesn’t feel like Christmas because Vidmantas has to work tomorrow, so we won’t have the usual long lazy Christmas morning with coffee and tons of chocolate and clementines, presents and wrapping paper all over the place…

But then… Vidmantas came home and I realised that’s what’s been missing to feel like Christmas!

Merry Christmas