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Festive Feasting

Posted on: 28 December 2011

Christmas is all over for another year, it always passes in the blink of an eye but it's definitely my favourite time of the year. Christmas is always about family, friends and food and that is definitely an understatement at our house! Here is a quick post documenting the last few days!
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Christmas eve is when the feasting begins which begins in a typically Chinese style. After my parents finish work they rush home and we start preparing the food for Hot Pot. This includes our annual dumpling making session and cutting up those century eggs which smell foul but taste awesome in hot pot. 
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My family are all in the catering trade so my relatives and family friends all arrive about midnight after work and we gather for our feast! We always have two tables for hot pot, one for the adults and one for the 'kids' even though us 'kids' are now well into our 20s! All sorts of foods go into the simmering hot pot including Chinese vegetables, salmon, beef, fish balls, beancurd skins, lamb, scallops and prawns. All dipped into my dad's 'famous' satay sauce.
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We tend to stay up until at least 4 am which is kind of crazy. Before long, we've only had a couple of hours sleep and we're up again, this time getting ready and preparing our Christmas Dinner! Oh and of course a cheeky chocolate from our advent calendars.
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Our festive tea towels come out and before long, my parents, my sisters, uncle and more cousins are all sitting down at the table, ready to dig into our turkey with all the trimmings!SDC10992 SDC10997
This is definitely the biggest meal of the day! After dinner, we usually sit in the living room, where adults fall asleep and the kids play with their new toys. This year we played on the Wii dance party and guitar hero. I have zero coordination so I am truly awful at both!SDC11003 While most people settle down for a small dinner on the evening, we do the complete opposite. About 4 hours later, we hop into the car and travel over to our grandmothers. We are greeted with even more cousins, aunts and uncles and we tuck into her epic traditional Chinese dinner. Lobster, suckling pig, steamed Turbot fish, Roast chicken were all on the menu. My grandmother's house is always chaotic at this time of the year with so many younger cousins running around!
SDC11065 haileybeckyme Boxing day is always the most chilled out day. Turkey toasties and tea are our snacks in the day and then we usually pop into town to have a look at the sales. This year I came home empty handed but at least my stomach was nice and full! After the shopping, we went to our favourite Cantonese restaurant and we feasted on more yummy food (crab, prawns, fish etc) with my parent's friends.
SDC11124 Despite the feasting being well and truly over (phew!), our house is still full of festive treats! This includes a huge crate of clementines that my mum bought from the market and plenty of Baileys and Chocolates. We'll be eating these for days on end!  
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Untitled-1 Hope you all had a wonderful few days! Now back to reality...

45 comments:

  1. ahh, you always post the best foods!

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  2. We pretty much had identical Christmases hahaha, although we've stopped the midnight feasting tradition now that our house no longer seems to house 20+ loud Chinese people :P I've finally been 'upgraded' to the adults' hotpot table this year - highlight of my Christmas! xx

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  3. i love this so much, we have a lot in common and my christmas is similar to this - except it's probably not as "busy" as my family is not that big. I wish we had a bigger family, it looks like a lot of fun xxx

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  4. Happy Christmas and Happy New Year Winnie. Your Christmas looks like a lot of fun and I'm completely lusting all that amazing food and loving the Oriental meets British traditions of Turkey et al.

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  5. Sounds like you had a really fantastic time !! I love the photos and reading about your Christmas x

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  6. Such a lovely blog! I really enjoyed reading your post about Christmas...and looking at the pics of the delish food! xx

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  7. Oh my god it all looks amazing! How many different amazing foods and dishes are going on here?! Yum. On that note, I need to go and make my dinner! xx

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  8. Oh my God, your food posts. I always want to devour everything!
    Your Christmas sounds lovely, chaotic, but the best Christmases are.

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  9. Love your food pictures! Your Christmas Eve feast looks amazing. Love the red glitter nail polish in your advent calendar pictures too. x

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  10. Ahhhhhh this is too amazing as per usual. All I can hope is that you can invite me round for constant meals when you're eventually down in London, I have a serious dumpling craving! It's so sad when all the Christmas food starts to run out, can't believe I'll have to wait a year for my Mum's tasty sausagemeat stuffing!

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  11. your christmas looks fab. lobster and suckling pig, nothing like an ostentatious chinese meal to finish a christmas evening ;-)

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  12. Such beautiful meals! What a great time!

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  13. So awesome! Love the pictures of you guys and your family! Sweet times!

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  14. Your Christmas looks and sounds amazing! All that food looks to die for! xx

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  15. really nice :) loos like you had great xmas and love the background btw
    http://alleywaysfashion.blogspot.com/

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  16. I love the holiday food photos, especially hotpot details! I love getting all the fixings together for hotpot at home. Between HK and Shanghai, I've definitely developed a taste for century eggs, as well. :]

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  17. Chinese food!!! i loveeee Chinese homecooked food! aghhh you're so lucky >w<
    and those chocolates at the end of your post I LOVE THEM. i always forget the name of it though D; they're pretty pricey here :(

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  18. I love Christmas too. I thought ours was busy, until I heard about yours. Sounds like so much fun spending time with family and sharing lots of delicious food.

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  19. OMG, my family almost had hot pot this year, but I may or may not have thrown a fit to have a "western" Christmas dinner. It looks like you had a fantastic time!

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  20. Your food looks *amazing*! I am very impressed you fitted it all in!

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  21. Hey !
    Looks like you had a very merry Christmas indeed !
    That food looks amazing :)

    xoxo

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  22. Wow I've gained about 10 kilos just from looking at the pics! Looks like you've had a really super Christmas Winnie!

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  23. Looks like you had a brilliant Xmas! Fun and Happy New Year, my dear!

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  24. Winnie, I saw you walking into Forever 21 today! I was leaving the store as you walked in! Haha!

    Wow! Your christmas looks amazing! Look at all that tasty food! I'm feeling hungry now!

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  25. It looks like you had a lovely Christmas! The food looks great.. I feel like I've not stopped eating these last few days! x

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  26. WOW. This is food porn at it's best! I LOVE that it is all about food and family, that is usually my Christmas too although working 8-5 on Boxing Day kinda ruined my festive spirit, haha!

    Maria xxx

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  27. looks like you had a really great holiday! xx sylvie

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  28. Nice blog! and i love hotpot! =D xx

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  29. oh my god! so much yummy food! I wish I could eat it all too XD I wish it was this exciting over at my place!

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  30. All that food looks absolutely incredible! Sounds like you had an amazing Christmas and I hope you have a lovely new year as well :)

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  31. Wow what a feast! Looking at all these photos is making me hungry. They all look so delicious!
    x
    Anna

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  32. That food looked amazing, it's making me miss Christmas again!

    I'm glad you girls had a good time.

    xx

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  33. That feast looks amazing. My mother's a caterer and I certainly appreciate the holidays when I visit her. Have a joyous New Year! xo

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  34. aw looks like you had such a great xmas! :) x

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  35. Looks like you had an amazing Christmas Winnie, the food looks delicious. It would be amazing if Christmas lasted 2 weeks! Happy New Year to you too :) xxx

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  36. yumm! i LOVE brussel sprouts! looks like a yummy holiday! and i hope you have a great time celebrating the new year!!

    love, jamie

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  37. I am a huge turkey fan but this dinner looks so so delicious I might do a switch one year hehe!
    Hope you had a great Xmas and wishing you a very Happy New YEar!!

    xoxo,
    LMQ
    http://fashionneedy.com

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  38. Winnie, that sounds like the most wonderful couple of days! Cath and I grew up doing something very similar, but we've since moved away from our family in D.C. and Christmas isn't quite as yummy or full of family. This year we had our Christmas dinner in Edinburgh, and I'm all for traditional British dinner except for the Christmas pudding. Once they make it chocolate (instead of nuts and dried fruit) I'll be more than happy to make it a new family tradition ;)
    Happy New Year/Hogmanay!
    xoxo,
    Lar

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  39. Mmm all that food looks so good! :) Hope you have a spectacular NYE & New Year's!

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  40. what a lovely post! Such gorgeous looking food...its making me hungry already!! I think it seems like you had a great christmas filled with family and love and all things yummy and hope you have an equally great new year's eve!

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  41. Oh! everything looks delicious. Is there some for me?

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  42. Awwww....i love this cosy family postings, Winnie. Oh yeah, hot pot is sooo common here too, haha. The x'mas tea towels are so cute! Did you buy or make them?

    Love your x'mas advent calender and oh my, those glittery red nails are soo chic and festive!!! But glittery nails are a pain to take off! lol..
    Those advent choco calenders reminds me of my childhood back in DK, miss it!


    and yum....you like baileys too? I tried the caramel flavor once and i just died. It's totally yummers!

    and once again, happy new year!=D

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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  43. oh i forgot to mention! i love your new floral background!;)

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