There are a million things I have to do right now - and on top of the list is packing. You see, we thought it was a smart idea at the time to book a flight on Christmas night. Yes, on the evening of the 25th we are boarding a plane at 10:00 pm..this is a guess a I haven't even printed the itinerary. Unfortunately, between finishing up everything at work, catching up with friends before the holidays and not to mention the 2 Christmas eve dinners and 2 Christmas day lunches between both Demos and My families - the last thing I want to do is the necessary - so I procrastinate! Here's hoping the magical elves pack my suitcase while I write up this post!
A few weekends ago, the a few very lovely members of the Sydney Food Blogging community (seen fiercely posing in the photo above care of Simon @theheartoffood) all joined forces to bring some Christmas cheer to Centennial Park. Organised by Helen @grabyourfork and Suze @chocolatesuze - it was a fun afternoon filled with delicious food, fun games and awesome company! Behold the sweet treats and prepare for hunger pains! The dish we brought to the Picnic were homemade Greek Meatballs - aka Keftedes. I don't even think that I can even say that "we" brought this dish - since the only contribution I made to the cause was a hand written sign saying what they were. Yes, it was all by Demos, who spent the morning rolling each serve, frying them, and organising everything down to the Christmas napkins and placemat.
I will add the secret family recipe at the end of this post - I don't think Demos' yia yia and pa pou wil be too happy about that though :) So for some distraction - check out some of the treats that were on the day...
Strawberry Santas by Ayana ; Peacan Pies with Brandy Cream and Caramel by Rhonda @TheDaintyBaker - so festive!
White Chocolate wontons with a pine nut and rosemary praline beautifully presented by John @heneedsfood and the amazing macaron tower by Cleony @Ieatsweet
Cupcakes by Angie @angielivestoeat and the tray that did have 2 racks of ribs by Billy @atablefortwo Yup - the ribs went in a flash! You snooze you loose!Of course Rhonda managed to score the coveted last piece!
Santa and Elf cupcakes by Kay B @Kaybscakes and the photo of the massive spread.
The beginning of the downfall - Macaron tower getting attacked by Suze and Shez @onebitemore - busted!
Cheesecake on a brownie by Gaby @lateraleating and Santa again!
Super delicious Christmas Meringues by Jacq @penguinsaysfeedme and Mini Christmas pudding by Vivian @vxdollface These mini treats are so adorable!
(photo above from Ayana - thanks!)
Demos's Keftedes - Greek Beef Meatballs
-500 grams minced beef
-1 Large Carrot
-1 Large Zucchini
-3 Large Eggs
-1 Cup Breadcrumbs
-Chopped Parsley to suit
-1/2 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
-1 Tablespoon Sumac
-Salt and Pepper to taste
-Using the fine side of a Grater, Grate the Carrot, Zuccihini, Tomato and Onion into one large bowl.
-Mix through the minced beef
-Add the breadcrumbs and eggs and then mix through.
-Add all the spices and herbs and mix through so that all the ingredients are distributed evenly.
-Shape into balls the size of a 50 cent piece
-In a pan, heat just enough oil for a very shallow fry. Cook until brown.
-If you decide to make them larger - you can shallow fry the pieces and them finish it off on a baking tray inside a 150 degree centigrade oven - with time depending on the size.
-Serve with a big greek salad and a shot of ouzo. Yiamas (cheers!)
Domo came out too, and got a bit excited. I was also actually able to find one of my favourite Cider variety - Escanciado Cidra. I absolutely got hooked on it at Bloodwood however found that it was hard to find around town - so thank god for CBD Cellars who stock it! Its THE summer refreshment! Although I did feel a bit bad for not bringing any Gianna Sangria this time around!
Everyone had such a great time chatting away and mucking about with the Kris Kringle presents. At one stage - Demos and I were ready to do a runner when we got the Cakewich and Ninja Bread men.
A big thank you again to Helen and Suze for organising the day - check out Suze's post here for a full list of atendees. It was so good to catch up with everyone and put face to blogs I stalk everyday :) It's always fun to get into the holiday spirit with big group of food loving people - Isn't that what Christmas is ll about? Food? Happy Holidays everyone.. and just so you know - the luggage packing elves never arrived tonight. Dammit!