Happy Sunday everyone! I’m hoping that your new years have all got off to a great start. Oh, how times have changed around here where welcoming the new year is concerned. It was a quiet celebration with all 3 of us bundled under the duvet watching movies and all falling asleep only waking up with 20 minutes to spare until the countdown. With a glass of fizz in one hand and the baby held tightly with the other we saw in our first new year as a family. We’re so rock and roll eh…I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way!
I’ve spent most of the festive season spending lots of quality time with friends and family and relaxing enjoying my Christmas presents, especially some of my new books. I feel so inspired after flicking through the Hemsley + Hemsley recipe book with a homemade chai latte and a slice of cinnamon swirl cake. There’s a lot of yumminess in that book and such beautiful food photography too.
I’ve also been watching lots of movies with my favourite little guy.
On New Years Day, we always have a big family meal to celebrate and even though I was cooking for two adults I still whipped up a feast of spiced ham and all the trimmings. There was plenty of leftovers too, which I never complain about, got to love leftovers!
This was a quick, throw anything in salad that was actually gorgeous. I mixed grated carrots, tomatoes, beets and pomegranate seeds and grilled haloumi cheese.
Another tasty salad that was made up of random Christmas food leftovers from the fridge was this one. It included mixed leaves, smoked salmon, pomegranate seeds, stuffed olives and Stilton cheese. Normally I’m not a fan of fish and cheese together, but the Stilton and the salmon went well together.
It’s always sad when you’re left with the last bit of sweet mince-pie filling at the bottom of the jar. I got my last fix of the good stuff on top of a bowl of porridge cooked with chopped apples and topped with peanut butter.
Finally, I cracked open these gorgeous chocolate truffles, the sea salt caramel ones are to die for. It’s so easy to scoff them all, but I’m trying to savour every last bit and going to slowly work my way through these.
Now I know that the festive period is officially over, but I’m still rocking my festive leggings and I don’t even feel embarrassed by it. This has been one of the best Christmases ever and I just want to hold on to it a bit longer. Although it will be a small step back to reality today as I hit the gym for my first workout of 2015. Slowly slowly, I’ve got back to my regular foods after the semi-Christmas-pig-out and I’m feeling better for it.
Check back tomorrow as I have a little giveaway to help you jump start a healthier 2015!
How did you welcome 2015? Do you have any special traditions that you do every New Years Eve?
How have you found readjusting and getting back to reality after the festive season?