A Very Wellington Christmas

Piping hot cinnamon rolls

Icing the rolls

Piping hot cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning —

Wellington Christmas tree

– Tree in the center of town —

Sugar Cookies

– Sugar cookies galore —

Candy cane, stark

– Tasty tree ornaments —

Harbour on a sunny day | Wellington

– Summer walks along the sunny Wellington harbour —

Pohutukawa blossoms

– Bright & festive red Pohutukawa blossoms —

Chocolate cream pie

– A crowd favorite: luxurious chocolate cream pie —

DIY Christmas tree

– Our humble but adorable baby pine tree —

December blooms

– Beautiful roses blooming throughout December —

Beef Tenderloin, defrosting

– A massive 1.4 kg beef tenderloin from a proper butcher

Duxelles on Proscuitto

– Preparing to assemble the Beef Wellington

Colman's Mustard

– Brushing English mustard over the just-seared beef —

Ready to roll

– Ready to roll (puff pastry not pictured) —


– PERFECTION: A Beef Wellington, IN Wellington —

It’s been sometimes lonely, sometimes surreal, spending the Christmas season 8,000 miles away from home. But, as you can tell from the array of images above, I daresay we managed to keep our holiday spirits high. Christmas Eve, in particular, was a gorgeous, sunny, and warm summer day, and we ended the night with dinner and several glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier at the home of a new friend. Thanks to my determined mom and sister, I even had physical presents to open on the big day itself. What really sealed the deal was that absolutely massive fillet, which, with a touch of mustard, several feet of clingfilm, some determined smashing of hazlenuts using a rock from the front yard (no food processor to be found in our adopted kitchen), and, let’s be frank, a dash of Christmas magic, transformed itself into a buttery, flaky pastry-wrapped earthy, oozing, wood-spicy beef creation. I may not be in Texas for Christmas this year, but I still appreciate a damn fine piece of meat. Wherever you are, I hope you found your own ways of celebrating.

Here’s to more festivities, fireworks, and a parade on New Year’s Eve!

Photo credits: rolls, candy cane, chocolate pie, rose, and defrosting tenderloin taken by G. Remainder by me. 

7 thoughts on “A Very Wellington Christmas

    1. The food managed to keep my spirits high, HA! Along with the absolutely delicious Cabernet-Merlot wine we had on Christmas day with our beef Wellington (it was the most I’ve ever spent on a bottle of wine, oh dear 😉 It’s my first Christmas away from home, but I doubt it will be the last! I know you understand 🙂

      1. Seriously, I think I may have to get you to send me that beef wellington recipe. My hubby would love that for sure! Yes, expat holidays are definitely different from home, but they have their own beauty, don’t they? 🙂

    1. It was a bit weird not having cold weather during the Christmas season, I’ll admit! But Wellington isn’t exactly known for having the best weather, and there were enough windy and overcast days in December to make it *sometimes* feel like early fall. The chocolate cream pie is AMAZING. The crust is made from arrowroot biscuits mixed with a hearty amount of butter!

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