First of all, Merry Christmas to all! Sorry for the belated wishes but the Lau family has been *busy*. Daniel sends his greetings via this pic:
Ho ho ho! Blessed Christmas to all!
Christmas this year was tiring! Our Discipleship Group had a farewell for HM on Christmas Eve at our place. Husband made his famous juicy burgers - this is likely to become a Lau tradition as he made the same burgers last year on Christmas Eve too! - and loads of people descended upon our home for the festivities. Daniel was a really "guai" boy, not even yelping once despite all the strangers carrying him. Maybe he was "scared stiff"! HOHOHO
Juicy burgers - secret recipe guarded WITH OUR LIVES
Bye bye HM! We'll miss you!
Then, Christmas Day rolled round the corner. Mommy got to play music for Christmas service while Husband took care of Daniel.
Rudy & his sotongcaster ^__^
A strange Hebrew joined us for Christmas service...
On Christmas Day, we kept bringing Daniel in and out of the car, of the pram... he looked really peeved/constipated at one point:
Stop moving me around yall!
Then, there was a Lau family dinner, replete with The Biggest Chicken I've Ever Seen (Roasted), and other yummy dishes. Daniel was rather "yelpy" on Christmas Day - perhaps he had reached his friendliness-with-strangers quotient for the season!
Grandpa Lau carving the chicken while various cousins poke at Daniel!
There was also a very yummy BBQ dinner with my side of the family. We still have leftovers from it! ^__^
My culinary contribution for the season was Orange flavoured Chocolate Truffle Tarts. Have received many praises for it and am delighted as they were really easy to do. Just heat 2/3 cup heavy cream (or double cream or pure cream) with 2 tablespoonfuls of butter till scalding point. Then, pour the mixture over 7 oz of semisweet chocolate (I used Hersheys) that has been ground into smaller chunks by a food processor. Stir till all the chocolate has melted and then add the zest of 1 orange and about 1 tablespoon of orange juice. I used store bought tart shells from Phoon Huat so all there remained to do was scoop the truffle mixture into the tart shells and cool in the fridge for a couple of hours. The result - very yummy! The chocolate was not too hard and had a lovely slightly sweet/bitter orange flavour. YAY! ^__^
At the end of yesterday, the Lau family collectively collapsed into bed, exhausted. I managed to find some time to reflect on the reason for the season by reading through the first few chapters of Matthew from the Bible. Thank God for His Son who came to us as a babe (like Daniel) to save us from our sins. It is because of Him that we have hope & life in this world that we live in. It is because of Him that Daniel has hope & life beyond the boundaries of this physical space. Praise God Praise God on High!