Fast away the old year passes...

Friday, December 31, 2010

And as we prepare to break out Auld Lang Syne, I'd like to share with you a few snippets of our Down Under Christmas on the South Coast of NSW.

 Is it  bird? Is it a plane?

 No, it's the Cheese Monkeys!

 Christmas crackers bring big smiles all around

 Our Christmas day lunch/dinner involved lots of seafood, salads and ham.

Of course, some bubbly was requisite (very affordable but delicious South Australian Croser).

After Christmas, we spent lots of time at the beach. On a not so sunshiny day though, we went out and found a classic Aussie milk bar burger. Forget wagyu or brioche, this burger is decidedly ungourmet. But one bite will take you back to summers past. It's definitely the kind of burger you eat only on holidays and that's why it tastes so good.

Don't be a wuss. If you're going to go a milk bar burger, make sure you go the "Burger with the Lot". (For my non-Aussie friends, this means a hamburger patty, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, fried egg, a pineapple ring and a slice of beetroot. Did I forget anything? Oh yes, maybe there's cheese in there too, plus sauce. And in case you're wondering, a milk bar is sort of like a corner store with much less groceries, usually just the newspapers/ magazines, lollies and milk. You can get burgers, milkshakes, chips (fries) and ice-cream).

 Burger innards

And as we drove away from our holiday, this sight greeted us! Can you guess what they are? This is NOT my in-laws residence by the way. I repeat, this is NOT my in-laws place.

 More luvver-ly decorations.

Give up yet? For the unitiated, these silver pilows are the "bladders" from inside a cask of wine. All washed and dried (I hope), and cleverly recycled. I'm guessing this is probably not something you'll see on Martha Stewart :)

Wishing all of you a safe and happy start to 2011, see you on the other side :)

Over and out from all of us at The Skewer residence!


chocolatesuze said...

hahahaa wine casks as xmas tree decorations is so much gold! happy new year dude and here's to another year of fabulous eats!

Lora said...

Happy New Year!

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Enjoyed those pics dear!

My Best 2011 Wishes to U!!! :D

Karen said...

Oh, summer!!! Your celebrations look wonderful! We woke up to another cold day this morning here in Vienna with all the trees covered in frost Brrrr. A very happy and healthy New Year to you and your family!

Deeba PAB said...

Auld Lang Syne my dear ....Happy New Year dearest Shaz. Just speaking to friends in Sydney & writing to you. Love the post, and wishing you loads of joy, peace and happiness in 2011. Much love!

Charmaine said...

Happy new Year Shaz and to your family. All the very best for 2011. Love the old fashioned milkbars in Oz, it's a pity they are as rare as hens' teeth in Sydney. Enjoy the rest of summer! Glad the weather is warming up.

Hungry Dog said...

Happy new year shaz! Love these pictures from your holiday. Your little ones are adorable as always. ANd I am totally intrigued by the burger...especially the beet root. Wow!

Y said...

Happy New Year to you and your family! PS: Wow, I didn't think milk bar burgers still existed!

3 hungry tummies said...

Happy new year to you my friend and everyone at home! Great lunch and that is a lot of cask wine lol

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

How I like summer Christmas & New Year! Happy new year to you and your family, Shaz!

shaz said...

chocolatesuze - thanks and same to you :)

Lora - and to you dear.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ - thank you!

Karen - oh brrr...I don't cope with the cold very well.

Deeba PAB - thank you dear, wishing you and your family a great 2011.

Charmaine - I know! Not sure how long milk bars will last in those holiday towns either.

Hungry Dog- thank you! The beetroot threw me a little when I ate my first ever aussie burger. Must clarify that the beetroot is pickled, from a can. A bit of an acquired taste I guess (I love it)

Y - thanks, and to you. Milk bars still exist in sleepy (and not so sleepy) holiday towns :)

3 hungry tummies - you can say that again, LOL. We had to do a double take the first time we saw it.

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - thank you! Here's to a great summer.

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

Oh I agree, a burger with the lot is definitely the way to go! Looks like you had a lovely Christmas. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Esi said...

Happy new year!!

grace said...

i was with ya on the burger until you mentioned beetroot. now that's a component i've never tested--sounds like a nice addition! happy new year, shaz! :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Happy new year to you and those beautiful cheese monkeys :). They look like they know how to have fun, my kind of girls.
*kisses* HH

Jamie said...

A belated happy new year! What a lovely family, the girls are adorable and even more so dressed as Rudolph! Fabulous Xmas meal! Yum!