Monday 21 December 2009

Authors' Christmas - Part 3

merry christmasHere we have the third and final post in a series of three posts, Authors' Christmas, in which four authors talk about their Christmas celebrations.

What is your typical Christmas Dinner?

Becca Fitzpatrick, author of Hush, Hush:

Ham, orange rolls, mashed potatoes, apple cider and apple pie!

Luisa Plaja, author of Split by a Kiss and Extreme Kissing:

Roast something (not usually turkey!) and lots of sprouts.

Emily Gale, author of Girl, Aloud:

My mum has always liked to shake things up so she’ll do a few delicious twists on a turkey roast, but alas I won’t be there to enjoy it. I’m trying to remain upbeat about that but it’s difficult being so far away from my family. This year will be our second Hot Christmas, in Melbourne (my partner is Australian and we came to live here in 2008). Last year we had arancini, salt cod stuffed peppers, bbq’d red snapper, a baked ham, salad, dauphinoise potatoes, poached pears and raspberry sour cream cake. Not very traditional but very, very yummy.

Ruthanne Reid, author of Guardian:

I can't honestly say I've had a "typical" one. I can say we generally have "nice" food. Steak, turkey, duck, ham, accompanied with some very nice veggies and usually a fantastic dessert. Then too much candy.

What did you leave out for Father Christmas/Santa when you were younger?

Becca Fitzpatrick:

My siblings and I pretty much emptied the fridge for Santa. We put out shortbread cookies, milk, gingerbread boys, rice krispie treats, and of course carrots for the reindeer.

Luisa Plaja:

Oh, er - nothing! Poor Santa.

Emily Gale:

A mince pie, a glass of port, and a carrot for Rudolph. I loved that bit. I was sad once I realised that it was my dad enjoying the spread (putting the carrot back in the fridge) but I had a much younger brother and sister when I was in my early teens so I got to see the joy on their faces. And now my daughter is in charge – she leaves out a carrot for every single reindeer. Bless.

Ruthanne Reid:

I didn't. *furtive look* My Very Sensible parents taught me there was no Santa Claus - which, by the way, caused no small uproar when our neighbor showed up in a Santa suit with a bag of presents. My four-year-old world shattered. I like to think recovery is still possible. ~_^

Thank you to these lovely ladies for answering these Christmas questions! I hope you've all enjoyed these posts! What would your answers be?


  1. Hi :)
    Thank you to these great authors for the fun and informative answers.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas to you too! I'm so glad you enjoyed the posts! :)

  3. Whats an orange roll? Sounds tempting!

  4. You know, I don't know. I'll look it up... Here is a recipe! :)

  5. I love this. I'm totally hoping for a ham this Christmas. A ham and lots of snow.

  6. Glad you enjoyed the posts! Haha, chicken and beeg is what I want. Apparently we'll be having two chickens, a turkey, beef and pork! We have snow right now - I hate it! :(