Holiday Food From Scratch

Hi Folks

At our place we have made all our food for the holidays from scratch. So delicious, frugal and full of love and detailed attention to flavour.

I'll let the pictures do the talking now - as you can see it has been a finger-food holiday period as here in Australia it is a sweltering 38 degrees Celsius this week.  We just could not come at hot sit-down dinners this year.

Lemon  tarts topped with raspberries and  blueberries

Chocolate tarts with cream

Fruit pies, almond puffs, rocky road, peanut butter balls
and mint slice

Baileys fudge

Honey soy chicken wings

Fresh mulberries, raspberries, cherries and blueberries

Jewish Challah  bread ready for the oven

Challah beautifully baked

Ready to eat. Challah is beautiful when used for French toast too
as the sweetness is apparent in the honey used
in the recipe

Home-made croissants ready for the oven

Croissants hot out of the oven

Chipolata sausages and eggs ready to fry in a wrap

Frying up Chipolata and egg rolls

Served hot (lovely served with BBQ or smokey sauce)

Veggie pockets ready for the oven

More fresh fruits

We eat like royalty at our place and all made with fresh ingredients and made from scratch.  We simply could never afford to buy hand-made food from the shops of this quality - so we make it ourselves.

Stay safe and content this holiday period. Glide through the challenges, savour the simple loveliness of each moment. Above all ..... stay nice



  1. Wow Phil, you are all good cooks. I particularly liked the challah. I have never tasted it but it looks yum. I hope 2019 treats you all nicely.

  2. I agree with Chel, the challah looks amazing. I could dive right in to that fruit platter. I love fruit platters.

  3. It all looks so very good, shop bought foods never come up to home made standards, home made is good, honest food made with love.

  4. Everything looks so delicious and mouthwatering. :)

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Phil.

  5. Beautiful delicious food. I watched a programme that said we waste 1.3 Billion $ worth of food every year. Your article is an inspiration. Happy New Year.

  6. Seasons Greetings to you and your family, Phil! You did turn out a fabulous spread. Who didn't have soy chicken wings this year?!

  7. Delicious! Our leftovers are nearly gone now but our food was simple and homemade too. It's the best! Meg

  8. wow & yes could dive straight in on those platters, your food always looks scrumptious!
    never heard of challah then i'm not Jewish either
    gorgeous photos

    have a HAPPY NEW YEAR & may 2019 be as good or better than 2018

    thanx for sharing

  9. Incredibly yum foods indeed. You can never beat your own cooking at your place. Meals that are with care are always appreciated. Happy New Year to all the family, Brigitte

  10. Gee Phil, I am glad I am still full from our Christmas feast! This spread of food looks so delicious! How good does that Challah bread look?!

    Home made tastes so much better than anything you can buy in the stores. A great reason to create you own, with many savings in your pocket too!

    Happy New Year to you and the whole family Phil, hope it is a great one for you all.


  11. Wow, what lovely food!
    I'm eyeing off that mint slice...
    The lemon tarts look luscious too.

    Happy New Year :)

  12. Stunning food Phil,
    I can nearly taste it, I would try every single thing.
    You must have had a wonderful Christmas.
    All the best to you and your family for 2019

  13. Yummy! We enjoyed similar fare over Christmas. Lots of fresh fruit in season. David was lucky enough to find a farm stall, on his way to work. They were selling fresh, whole seedless watermelons, for $3 a piece. Needless to say, we purchased some for relatives in Brisbane! They were so good. Seeing your photos, is making my mouth water for them, all over again. I made a sourdough plaited peasant loaf, for Christmas lunch, filled with fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. I bet your wife's wonderful bread creation, was so delicious too! Baking fresh bread in the morning, is the one thing I will put the oven on for, during Christmas. Thanks for sharing your table fare.


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