Due to Australia's topsy turvy geographical positioning, Christmas time here comes with a side of heatwave and sunburn. For those yearning the traditional appeal of a chilly Christmas with a log fire, roast and wine, Secret Foodies had the next best thing.
Our first Christmas in July event brought guests to The Treehouse Hotel in North Sydney, a warm cosy hideaway with a real fireplace and wholesome food. Bonbons were cracked open and the colourful flimsy tissue paper crowns were worn with pride. Christmas decorations and live music brought out the festive atmosphere, reminiscent of those lively Christmas dinners with the extended family.
Dinner was kicked off with a glass of Chandon on arrival, followed by canapés. Four whole suckling pigs were brought out and carved deftly by chef David Maisey, and platters of tender succulent roasted meat and gloriously crunchy crackling soon brought to our tables. Hallelujah. Sides of beans, buttered carrots, fries and boats of apple sauce and gravy were passed around the long communal tables as wine flowed freely into our glasses. Dessert was delicious as was the espresso martini. Foodies stayed back after plates were cleared, chatting away long into the night like old friends. The Christmas spirit was live in us all.