The traditional Portuguese Christmas Eve was celebrated at my house with 15 friends.
Hubby made his delicious Garlic prawns for starters, I had cooked Bacalhau com Natas (Cod fish in cream sauce) and Algarve style carrots for the main meal, and Arroz Doce (Rice Pudding) and Panacota for dessert.
My friends brought a plate of various nuts and dried fruit, biscuits and dips, a delectable Tuna Roulade (I must get this recipe!), Pudim Flan (Creme Caramel), a green salad, Mango Mousse and more Rice pudding.
|Cod fish in cream sauce|
|Algarve style carrots|
|The tablets outside (forgot the flash!)|
When the guests started to leave around midnight we exchanged our gifts, to be opened later, and the last guests left at 1am.
|My home-made gift baskets|
|The goodies I made - spicy nuts, soap, cherries with rose wine and vanilla, laundry liquid and tomato jam|
|This morning under the gazebo|
This morning, a Pudim flan (creme caramel) has been done and we are almost ready to go and join another Portuguese family who live 60km away.
Tomorrow, Boxing day will once again be celebrated with friends at their house and I will be making a Chocolate Mousse to take with. Luckily we still have another public holiday on the 27th, to enable us to recover from all these parties of overindulgence.
We do seem to eat far too much, an overload of sugar for me at least!!
Hope you are all having a Wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.