Christmas Romance by the Beach

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“ Live in the sunshine. Swim in the Sea. Drink in the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Welcome to the Christmas Blog Hop, an exciting advent calendar of blogs for you to open. Christmas, Romance and the Beach. All three are really awesome on their own, but when you combine them the result is especially intoxicating. What could possibly be more romantic than dabbling your toes in the cool lapping waves on a warm, temperate night, while strolling along with the love of your life at your side? Then he hands you a perfectly wrapped box and whispers ‘Merry Christmas,’ in your ear. When you open it, nestled inside is the most amazing heart-shaped ruby necklace you’ve ever seen. It’s what fantasies are made of!

Even though my novel Island Redemption is not Christmas themed, it certainly has lots of romance and lots of beaches. After all, what better place to fall in love than on the white sandy beaches of a deserted island, surrounded by sparkling azure water and balmy tropical skies? Add to that the question of how the chance of winning a million dollars in a reality TV show would affect that love affair and you have certainly got the spice needed to give this story conflict and high drama. You have a chance to win an eBook copy of Island Redemption by leaving a comment below.

I’m extremely lucky because I get to celebrate Christmas in the middle of Perth’s sizzling hot summer. So trips to the beach are a must. And Ralph Waldo Emerson definitely got it right in his quote above, living by the beach is an uplifting experience. When Christmas day rolls around the first thing on our family agenda is opening all the pretty presents scattered beneath the tree. But the mountains of discarded wrapping paper are soon left behind for the much-needed trip to the beach. It does seem to be a bit of a Perth tradition, as the beaches are always chock-a-block with people on Christmas morning, but the vibe is happy, cheerful and carefree and strangers wish you a Merry Christmas with a grin and a wave. Once we’ve spent a few hours relaxing at the beach, getting burned and salty and covered in sand, we go home for a brunch of the biggest, butteriest, fluffiest croissants I’ve ever seen, from our local bakery (and a glass of champagne for the adults).

Christmas dinner is always a family affair, and if it’s our turn to host, we get the arriving hordes to set up a long table on the back patio, combining 3 smaller tables, then we cover it with colourful bon bons, a large glazed ham (always free range) a whole baked salmon, piles and piles of West Australian tiger prawns and salads of all makes and models. There has to be shortbread, and only Walkers will do, my husband is Scottish, pavlova—no one really wants to eat a hot Christmas pudding on a sweltering Perth day—and chocolate covered almonds. The most romantic thing about Christmas day is I get to spend it with my husband and two sons. Christmas reminds us all how lucky we are.

My recipe for whole baked salmon:

1 whole salmon filleted to give two sides with the skin still on.

1 lemon cut into slices

2 handfuls of mixed herbs from the garden, such as parsley, dill, tarragon, thyme or even basil and bay leaves

2 shallots thinly sliced

½ cup white wine

60g butter

salt and pepper to season

Heat the oven to 180 C then lay the fish, skin side down, onto a large sheet of baking paper. Scatter the lemon, herbs, shallots and dobs of butter in the middle of the salmon and fold over. Tie it up with twine and splash a generous amount of wine over the top and season generously with salt and pepper. Place the baking paper onto a large piece of foil and wrap the whole thing up in a big fishy parcel. Cook for around 50 minutes in the oven. Can be served warm or cold. Leftovers can even be frozen for later. So, my question to you is what is the one food you can’t do without on Christmas day?

The wonderful author Annie Seaton has gathered together a group of authors and organised this amazing give away which will run between now and Christmas Eve. You have a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift voucher and an eBook from one of the participating authors. You can enter the giveaway here at Rafflecopter. And don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of the eBook Island Redemption.

Here is the list of bloggers for you to hop over to.

Annie Seaton   25th Nov

Ann B Harrison  26th Nov

Bronwyn Stuart  27th Nov

Shirley Wine  28th Nov

Suzanne Cass 29th Nov

Clare Connelly  30th Nov

E. E. Carter 1st Dec

Jen J Mcleod 2nd Dec

Hillary Grossman  3rd Dec

Sasha Cotton 4th Dec

Monique McDonnell 5th Dec

Karen Eleni  6th Dec

Susanne Bellamy  7th Dec

Bronwen Evans  8th Dec

Kris Pearson  9th Dec

Carla Caruso  10th Dec

Bree Verity  11th Dec

Rich Mooi  12th Dec

Sheanne Moore  13th Dec

Fiona McArthur  14th Dec

Fiona Marsden 15th Dec

Tea Cooper  16th Dec

Renee Conoulty  17th Dec

Kate O’Keeffe  18th Dec

Nikki LeClair  19th Dec

Tracey Alvarez  20th Dec

Leesa Bow  21st Dec

Phillipa Clark  22nd Dec

Darcy Delany 23rd Dec

68 Replies to “Christmas Romance by the Beach

  1. Yep, Aussies often head for the beach at Christmas. I certainly equate the season with family time at the coast.
    Yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  2. The one thing we have I cannot go without is my sausage balls.We always swirch up the main dishes each year, but that one side has remained a staple at our dinner. It’s basically a breakfast sausage mini meatball with a sauce made from ketchup and brown sugar..delish!!

    1. Hi Kim,
      Wow that sounds like a really interesting dish. I’m loving finding out what people like to eat at Christmas. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Oooh, eggs benedict is one of my faves too. I never thought of having it at Christmas, but might have to try it now. Thanks Renaye

  3. I haven’t celebrated a warm winter in almost 29 years, but I do remember them, being an old slant child lol bing in the States. I hope this will be another brilliant Christmas for you and yours Down Under. ?

    1. Hi Karen,
      Winter Christmas also has its good points. Lots of us Aussies crave the experience of at least one white Christmas. It does sound very romantic, Christmas in the snow. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  4. I have never celebrated Christmas anywhere but home, which is in Canada, so I am 95% sure I will have a white Christmas this year…

  5. That looks like a great recipe. I don’t often attempt to cook fish myself, but I should consider it more often and give this one a go. Fresh fish are a little more hard to come by in the middle of the county.

    1. Hi Lindsey,
      Fish is a great addition to Christmas dinner, but I can understand why you don’t eat a lot if there is no fresh fish around.

      1. I’ve never met anyone in my life who hadn’t tried them before LOL… you can’t try just any, make sure wherever you buy them from they were handmade!

        1. He he, what can I say, I lead a sheltered life here in Perth. I will definitely go out of my way to try some homemade ones soon.

  6. Sounds like a lovely way to spend Christmas . Here in Texas it depends on the weather how we spent the Holidays. Never know if it will be cold or warm ? .

    1. Hi Eliza, Christmas in Texas sounds like it always keeps you guessing. I’m sure you’ll have a good one anyway.

    1. Hello Mallory,
      Wow, there are so many good things people like to have for Christmas. Hope you have a good one

  7. Wow your Christmas meal sounds wonderful. Here in California we are going to be eating a large Turkey with some of my husband’s homemade dressing. We won’t have snow this year here, but we are planning a trip to the beach. But it will be very cold. For the past few years, we spent Christmas in Tennessee and enjoyed white Christmas’ with hot cocoa and warm brownies. Looking forward to a change this year.

    1. Hi Joye, ham is always such a traditional favourite. And you can have it for leftovers for weeks afterwards, too.

    1. Hi Debbie,
      Not sure what Cheesy grits are (us Aussies are a bit uneducated) but I will definitely google them. Have a great Christmas.

  8. We always have sweet potato and Apple casserole, Cape Cod cranberry salad and baked macaroni and cheese. We have oyster stew on Christmas Eve. Thanks for the chance.

    1. Hi Deborah,
      Wow, that all sounds amazing, I’ve never heard of Cape Cod Cranberry Salad, I’ll have to find a recipe for that one. Have a great Christmas.

  9. I love ham, probably not the most popular choice for favourite Christmas food, but I could eat it every day.

  10. Something tasty for dessert. My menu always varies so there’s no must have other than having a cake or cheesecake for dessert. Creamed spinach is also almost always included. We all love it.

  11. We have ham scalloped potatoes and. Green bean bake…also pickled herring and lefse. Then lots of cookies!!

  12. I should say ham, but frankly, my hubbie makes several different kinds of fudge as gifts to give out for Christmas. Fudge is one of my favorites. The latest is chocolate mint. The thing is we get to enjoy some before Christmas. What fun. Happy Holidays to all.

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