A Cracka of a Christmas – wine, food and a great Urban Vineyard Project

Cracka Christmas Collage

Are you all set for Christmas?  I’ve left my run a bit late this year but I think we are just about on track for a Cracka of a Christmas, ho, ho, ho!

I was lucky enough to be gifted some wines to taste by Cracka Wines to help with the eat, DRINK and be merry bit and also to be introduced to the Urban Vineyard Project that they sponsor.  Have you heard of it? It’s their initiative to bring vineyards to the backyards and homes of Sydney.  Along with the wines (more on those in a moment) that arrived were some little paper bags with grapevine cuttings, ready to be planted.  Apparently a couple of weeks after planting they will sprout and then in a year or two the cutting will develop into my very own vineyard of either Riesling or Pinot Noir vines.  I like the sound of that, you?

Urban Vineyard Project

You can contact the Urban Vineyard Project through Facebook here  to get your very own vine cuttings too.  I’m going to plant mine at our Sydney home but also give one a try up here in North Queensland, although it maybe like me and not cope with the heat too well! It’s worth a try anyway.

Now onto that Cracka of a Christmas… we are going to my sister in laws and we’ve all been given something to bring.  I’ll be bringing the wine that Cracka picked out for me, a Tyrells 1858 Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2016 at $12.99 (RRP $28), Amici Rose 2017, $11.99 (RRP $17.99), I’m very keen to make this Frose Cocktail with it, and for my in-laws who like their red the Sacredtree by Gemtree Select Vines Shiraz 2015 $11.99 (RRP $22) should be good.  If you also want access to these great prices on decent wines head over to www.crackawines.com.au.

I’ve been asked to bring a beef main and the desserts.  There will be 21 of us for lunch and a lot of food so I thought I’d go with my tried and tested, easy entertaining Warm Roast Beef Salad with Salsa Verde. I’ve made this a few times now and it’s always been a winner plus it’s really easy which is exactly what we want on Christmas Day isn’t it?

Warm Roast Beef & Salsa Verde Salad

For the desserts, because it’s hotter than Hades in the Tropical North, I’m going to make Donna Hay’s Frozen Christmas Pudding for the grown ups…

Donna Hay's Frozen Christmas Pudding

(photo credit www.donnahay.com.au, I hope mine turns out as good as this, fingers crossed!)

for the kids I’m making another one without the brandy and fruit and adding in crushed Malteasers instead. My husband is going to do his annual tradition of making a special Trifle.  I’m hoping he picks this Easy Chocolate Trifle recipe from Create Bake Make to try this year because, yum!

Easy Chocolate Trifle

I was given the wines and vines to try but all words and opinions, as always, are my own.

Are you keen to try growing your own vines? What’s your plan for Christmas Day?


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One comment

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    December 24, 2017 at 4:18 am

    What a great idea! If only I had a garden to grow my vine in! We’re embracing a more minimalist Christmas this year but not when it comes to food or drink! That salad looks epic!

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