We hadn't prepared anything for Christmas in Marbella this year - no tree, presents bought and sent straight to my sisters' house in Las Vegas, no food for Christmas dinner. After our unpleasant travel experience last week, we returned home and started to get things ready for Christmas. We managed to get the tree up and headed to Morrisons in Gibraltar to do some food shopping. Our seven-year old kept checking to see if any presents would appear so after a few days so we also got a few presents to replace the ones that were already waiting for us in Las Vegas. Somehow, we've managed to make it slightly festive although I have to admit that the holidays are about spending time with family and close friends so next year, we really have to make an effort to be with them.
Christmas Eve dinner was spent at home where we had a quiet celebration and a simple menu (recreating what we had planned to prepare in Las Vegas) - poireaux vinaigrette with sauce Gribiche, Cote de Boeuf on the grill, roast potatoes with shallots and garlic, a mixed green salad and some ripe cheese - Brie de Meaux, Petit Camembert au lait cru and a stinky Munster with a 2004 Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere. Merry Christmas!