It was time for our Mid Winter feast last Friday: the nearest weekend to the winter solstice. It has become a tradition for us to have friends over for a meal to celebrate the end of the time of the shortening of the length of days,and the start for the days to get longer again.
The menu this year started with wine and nibbles -home made dukkah and dips, followed by roasted lamb with parsnips, cauliflower cheese, baked pumpkin and a herb salad from my garden.
DD made the dessert: rhubarb and apple crumble with custard.
There were plenty of candles to encourage the light to return! We decorated with evergreen trees and some of my belsnickles.
We dragged the furniture out of the lounge room and brought the dining table in, so we could extend it and make a long table for our guests.
We missed some of our friends, who were not able to be with us due to sickness or family obligations, but those who were able to come had a good time I think.
It is our tradition to give a bag of produce as a gift when the evening is over. This year's bag had a jar of preserved limes from our garden, some kaffir lime leaves and one fruit, a jarrah soap dish made by DH in the workshop (we added a cake of soap to it), and a jar of DH's marmalade.