Here is my last Christmas shoot for the year, that appeared in The Sunday Age M Magazine today.
I love the night before Christmas - to me it is such a mixture of relief and anticipation. The shopping and wrapping all done, but so much to remember to make the next day special.
Here are some behind the scenes pic's from the shoot. Lovely Mike Baker is painting my backdrop before I bring in the props. Then he created such beautiful, ambient lighting. Another thing we loved about doing this shoot was.... getting to sample some delicious eggnog, compliments of my dear friends Di and Storm Pedersen. For those of you who have yet to catch the Christmas spirit, here is a sure-fire remedy. Handed down to Storm Pedersen from his great-grandfather in New Orleans, this eggnog recipe has been a source of Christmas cheer since the 1880’s.
Storm’s family eggnog
2 dozen eggs
½ kilo castor sugar
750 ml bottle of bourbon
750ml bottle of dry sherry
60mls white rum
1 litre thickened cream – to be whipped before adding.
1/2 litre of thickened cream and ½ litre of milk (to be added to mix together)
Makes a lot!
Separate egg yolks from whites
Beat egg yolks until thick and pale gold in colour.
Add sugar very slowly, beating all the time.
Add the bourbon very, very slowly so as not to curdle the eggs.
Still beating, add rum and sherry.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold the whites gently into the main bowl and finally, pour in both the cream and cream /milk mix.
Bottle and refrigerate. Sip it slowly!
The final tradition is to try to save a little to drink whilst making next year’s batch.
I know the week ahead is going to be nuts, so if I don't get back before 2011, have a very, very merry festive season. Thanks for popping by my blog in 2010. Lots f exciting things are in the pipeline for next year. See you then.
Photos by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Ltd. Styling by me.