We have had a gigantic and full on year on so we decided we would spend this Christmas just us; myself, hubby and the kids. Besides, my husband only has Christmas day off and back to work on Boxing day. It’s their busiest time of the year. Since moving to Melbourne from New Zealand four years ago, we haven’t been back for Christmas because of his job. I don’t hold it against him, because it’s the nature of his job. If anything, I feel for him because he works too hard so having a low key Christmas is my way of showing love to him and making sure he gets some rest.
This is how our day will probably go; church in the morning then come back and have brunch together and a special Christmas barbecue for dinner later on. We love our barbecues, it doesn’t matter who we have them with even if it’s just the four of us we still fully enjoy them. Then once the kids are in bed, hubby and I will reflect back on the year and make goals for the year ahead. That sounds almost perfect, doesn’t it?
I can’t put it into words just how much I miss my family Christmases in New Zealand, full of joy, love, laughter and food. And more food! You know that beautiful feeling of coming home for Christmas, that’s what I miss the most. However, we have been very blessed with some amazing friends who we have come to love dearly. They have supported us, loved us, and and have shared in our joys, and tears over the years. We are very thankful to them and God; I don’t know how we could have made it without them.
At the kids playgroup Christmas party, the parents were given little gifts with a message on them. And mine had ‘Think not what you will get in 2017 but what you will give’. I didn’t think much of it at the time, I just slipped it into my bag. Then about two days later, I found the note and I read it again. The truth of the note welled up in me as I looked back on the last few years and saw how selfish I have been especially with my time. In that moment, I made a decision that note was going to be my theme for 2017. I have been very blessed and it’s time I give back and bless others. To generously and selflessly give more time, more words, more gifts, more love, and more hugs without expecting anything in return.
I wish I had a Christmas recipe to share with you guys but I didn’t get a chance to work on one. However, I’m sharing a recipe for my new favourite soup. The other day, I had a big head of cauliflower in the fridge and I thought of all the ways I could cook it besides cauli rice and I settled for this simple and deliciously creamy cauliflower soup.
This cauliflower soup is the best soup I have ever had. I absolutely love it’s simplicity. If you rate it based on the ingredients list, you probably won’t give it a try but I’m telling you guys this soup may seem bland but believe me it’s anything but. It’s creamy, so full of flavour and just mind-blowingly divine. Did I mention it’s vegan, has no dairy and is gluten free? Yes, that’s right this soup only has a handful of ingredients. The olive oil drizzle at the end really brings the dish together.
It may not be suitable for the season but you will sure need it to get those pounds off later on after all the Christmas feasting.
No one has ever become poor by giving. – Anne Frank
Merry Christmas to you all.
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
- 1 large potato, cut into chunks
- 4 cups water, divided
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Extra olive oil, to taste
- Add the first 6 ingredients to a large saucepan, cover the pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Remove from heat, and purée the soup with a immersion blender until smooth, and creamy. Return the soup to pot and reheat, add more water to thin the soup as required. Season with salt, to taste.
- Serve hot, drizzled with olive oil and ground black pepper. You could also add herbs such as chives or parsley and sprinkle some red chilli flakes.
You can also use a blender but you would need to cool off the soup before doing so to avoid any explosions. Too speed up the cooling, add some cold water to the soup.