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An unexpected gift from Santa..

All’s well that ends well….

The food you see in the slide show was prepared on Christmas day but we were that close of not having everything.. as planned!!

But wait a second… let me go back up in time a little bit.

On Christmas Eve our beloved refrigerator “died”.

The refrigerator had been making strange sounds for a couple of days but we paid no attention and kept adding more and more things inside.

When we woke up on Christmas Eve the death rattle was obvious.  The motor was trying to work but it went cr.. cr.. cr.. and then silence.   We soon realized that something was wrong. We checked the deep freezer but it was still working.  Only the cooling part was dieing.   We had to do something quick as the fridge was loaded with food and it was not easy to find a technician to repair it on Christmas Eve.

We tried calling some technicians we knew but all had answering machines.  We finally got a call back around 10 a.m. and he said he would send someone to fix it around noon.   When he finally came it was 1.30 p.m. and he took a quick look at it and said that the motor should be replaced.  It would cost 200 Euros but he couldn’t do anything until next week.  As much as we loved our old refrigerator paying 200 Euros for a twenty-one year old refrigerator was not worth it, nor could we throw away so many things in there.

At the time,  I was cooking my home made sausages with potatoes for lunch and I was preparing “Zalatina” for Christmas day. I had the turkey brining from the previous night and was planning to prepare the stuffing early in the afternoon, rest for a couple of hours and then prepare something for dinner and have some fun all together.

When he told us that the refrigerator could not be fixed, we had to pay him 25 Euros for his visit and changed all our plans and rush to the stores and see if we could buy a new refrigerator which could be delivered the same day as the shops were closing at 6 p.m.

Earlier in the morning we bought a few things from the supermarket but could not risk buying things that needed refrigerator, so we still had to do some shopping as well. I told the children what to do with the food which was still cooking and told them not to wait for us for lunch.

We left at 2 p.m. and started going from store to store as all of them said they couldn’t send the refrigerator until Saturday. We finally found a store and we had to chose among three models. The refrigerator was not exactly what I wanted but I was grateful for anything I found that could be delivered before closing time.

On our way back home we stopped at the supermarket to buy milk, yoghurt, cheese and a few other things we couldn’t buy in the morning.. 

It finally arrived at 5 p.m. and we had to empty the old one and wash the new one before putting the food inside. We removed the three deep freezer drawers outside on the balcony and put the food on top of the frozen drawers and we were fortunate that it was a cold day with a temperature outside around 10 degrees Celsius.  The salesman told us that the refrigerator should stay two hours still for the freon to settle before putting it on to work.

I started preparing the stuffing after 8 p.m. and finished at 10 p.m.   Our Christmas Eve celebration was ruined and when I finished cleaning up, the only thing I needed was to lie down and rest.

Well, Christmas day was another day and the previous mishap was forgotten.  I had the turkey baking since 9 a.m. and then the children, especially my daughter, were very pleased with their gifts.

Here are some of the mingle food I served on  Christmas day:   Stuffed Roasted Turkey with potatoes, Tyropita, Cabbage Salad, Tyrokafteri, Tzatziki Cucumber Salad,   Zalatina and Christmas Cake.

Everything turned out terrific and we had a great time.   Christmas has come and gone and today, the day after Christmas is a public holiday and since we had a lot of leftovers, I did not have to cook so we had a good rest.

There will be no recipes today but I shall start posting from tomorrow.

Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and  hope the rest of the holidays will be Joyful.

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6 Responses

  1. Oh, dear Ivy, please excuse me from laughing (a lot!). You may have lost your dear 21-year old refrigerator but you haven’t lost your sense of humor! With all the baking and cooking you’ve been doing, I’m sure it’s at peace now.

  2. Not the best way to spend Christmas Eve sis but at least you were with your family and that is important too. It sounds like you had a fabulous Christmas so ENJOY the remainder and get some rest!!!

  3. What a saga Ivy! At least it all worked out in the end!

  4. Well this will be a Christmas you won’t soon forget Ivy! But on the good side you have a new fridge! I’m glad the rest of the day with your family was good!

  5. I’m so sorry that happened on Christmas Eve! You worked through it like the trooper you are and I’m glad all turned out well. I can’t wait for those delicious recipes!

  6. Woah…disaster averted! Your old refrigerator has terrible timing. Glad that you got it sorted out and that Christmas was a success!