An Australian-Greek-South-African Christmas

lentil_saladPlease excuse the dodgy photo—it’s an iPhone shot snapped by my mom. It’s also a recipe for the best lentil salad you’ll ever eat. Seriously, lentils never tasted so good.

This dish is one of a select few that always feature on my family’s Christmas menu. Others include a feta and roasted red pepper terrine with pine nut and currant dressing (signature dish of Greek-Australian chef Peter Conistis), the Dinki Di Aussie Xmas Pud (spiced, brandy-flavored ice cream with pecans and candied fruit) and my grandmother’s Christmas cake. An eclectic mix of Australian, Greek and South African flavors.

This is what Christmas means to me: family, food and tradition. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, so Christmas is our big food festival. Imagine a long garden table laden with ham, turkey, fish, salads, cake, pudding, beer, wine, crackers and prawns under the hot Australian sun. That’s Christmas.

This year, we’re doing in Christmas in San Francisco. So, no garden or hot Australian sun. But, family in the form of my husband, brother and best friend. And lentil salad and Xmas pud for the food and tradition.

Merry Christmas, folks. See you in 2014.

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