My Christmas Dinner

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, December 26, 2008 | Published in


I was invited by a friend to her Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. It took me one whole week shopping for a Christmas gift for her. I walked the whole of 1Utama and MidValley Megamall and The Curve, but still could not find a gift for her!

So on Christmas Day, I gave up shopping and decided on the perfect gift - Jusco vouchers. I don't know about you, but when someone give me vouchers, I'm really happy because I can then use the vouchers to buy anything I want! Don't you agree that makes the perfect gift?

Since I subscribe to the News Straits Times, I was given Jusco vouchers worth RM150. Luckily, I haven't used up all the vouchers yet, so I took 2 vouchers worth RM20 each as gift for my friend. Only problem was, how was I going to wrap the vouchers up and present them to my friend without looking as if I was giving her the smallest, slimmest gift ever given to anyone on planet Earth?

After some thinking, I hit onto an idea. Why not put the vouchers into a small box and then fill up the box with chocolates and sweets? Good idea, no?

This was how the gift looked like after I had it wrapped up.

When I reached my friend's house, I was a little embarrassed to see how big the other gifts were compared to mine. Well, I told myself just because those gifts were huge, it did not mean she would like them! I think she would prefer my vouchers as she could buy anything she want with them! Pretty good at comforting myself, yes?

Anyway, the food were delicious! Here are some pictures of the food I ate.

The spread on the table

The mandatory turkey which I had the honour of doing the cutting.

Fresh salad with lots of strawberries


Mushroom soup which is not really a soup but to be used as sauce for the pasta

Lasagna on the right side of photo

A Christmas dinner is not complete without a fruit cake!

My friend also prepared some fried chicken wings which were absolutely delicious, although a bit too spicy. Some guests brought along desserts like custard, cheese cake, chocolate cake, and many more. We also had red and white wine. I was too busy talking and eating I forgot to take pictures of them!

It was certainly an enjoyable Christmas dinner. I hope I will get invited again next Christmas!

(57) Comments

  1. lina said...

    What an amazing spread! Sure looks delicious too. :-)
    I love getting and giving Jusco vouchers too. The more of those vouchers, the better. :D

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you & your family!

    December 26, 2008 at 8:54 AM
  2. Angie Tan said...

    Merry Christmas!!

    What a feast!! Jusco vouchers are a good idea. Am sure people will appreciate that. Anyway, it's the thought that counts. :P

    Anyway, may the new year bring you great joy, abundance and blessings!!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:43 AM
  3. Anonymous

    Wonderful meal!! haha.. Merry Christmas!! May all your dreams come true! God bless yoU!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:48 AM
  4. Anonymous

    What a great feast you had!! And that big turkey....:)

    Gift vouchers are great becoz the recipient can buy anything they want.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:51 AM
  5. lina said...

    of course, have to make sure there's a Jusco branch nearby the recipient's place. :D

    December 26, 2008 at 11:12 AM
  6. foongpc said...

    lina, yes, it was a pretty amazing spread and the food were delicious! Happy holidays to you too! : )

    angie tan, agree it's the thought that counts. May the new year bring you lots of happiness and joy! : )

    victor, thanks. May God bless you too! Have a wonderful holiday! : )

    my bug life, haha! Yes it's agreat feast with a big turkey! Looks like everyone agrees that my gift voucher makes a good gift - so glad I did not buy something else for my friend! : )

    lina, yes she stays in PJ so no problem going to Jusco stores : )

    December 26, 2008 at 2:34 PM
  7. acura said...

    Those food looks yummy, i bet it taste just as good in real life. Well, I also feel that gift vouchers are ideal because it let you choose what you want to buy.

    So you get what you want instead of what other people think you want. Next time you can consider enlarging the voucher, like what they do to mock cheques haha

    Anyway, have a Merry & blessed Christmas Foong

    December 26, 2008 at 2:34 PM
  8. synical said...

    I don't mind vouchers, provided they're for places that I've actually bought anything from ever.

    Looks like a nice spread, lucky you :)

    December 26, 2008 at 3:13 PM
  9. Anonymous

    Drool!Drool! Hey...I wanna meet your friend too! Don't mind having friends who can cook food like that! Hahahahaha!!!!...Ya, I'd rather give angpaos or as in your case, vouchers, compared to buying things that people may not really like!

    December 26, 2008 at 3:19 PM
  10. eiling lim said...

    How you managed to wrapped up that 2 vouchers into a big package amazed me. The size of the present is not a matter. It's sincerity that matters.

    December 26, 2008 at 3:59 PM
  11. Lisa said...

    wow very healthy food there !

    December 26, 2008 at 4:32 PM
  12. day-dreamer said...

    Actually it's the thought that counts, not size. :)

    Nice dinner. Haha.I spent Christmas eve alone. =/

    December 26, 2008 at 4:54 PM
  13. foongpc said...

    acura, yeah nice food. Enlarge the vouchers? Haha! Merry Christmas to you and have a good weekend! : )

    synical, I like vouchers a lot!! Haha! It's a nice spread alrite! : )

    suituapui, yeah you drop by KL next Christmas and maybe I can introduce you to her. Vouchers do make better gift, yes? : )

    December 26, 2008 at 5:19 PM
  14. foongpc said...

    eiling, true. Size does not matter - for gifts that is. Haha! How I wrap up the vouchers? I just fill up the box with lots and lots of chocolates & sweets! : )

    lisa, yeah all home cooked - yummy!! : )

    day-dreamer, Christmas eve all alone? It's OK, sometimes being alone is enjoyable too! Wish you'll have a good Christmas weekend! : )

    December 26, 2008 at 5:32 PM
  15. Rad Sujanto said...

    want the salaaaaaad! lol

    what a complete and delicious meal!! =)

    December 26, 2008 at 7:01 PM
  16. levian said...

    a belated merry xmas to you. n fruit cakes, so true you can't have xmas without it! but gosh, you guys sure have a huge feast over there! :D

    December 26, 2008 at 9:04 PM
  17. Anonymous

    wow very nice food there!

    wide variety sumore!

    feliz navidad and have a joyous new year!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:11 PM
  18. Unknown said...

    wow foongpc
    envy you lah. got xmas dinner! the turkey looks yummy! :)

    btw smart idea on the box thing!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:16 PM
  19. LifeRamblings said...

    wow abundance of xmas indulgence are hard to say no.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:29 PM
  20. foongpc said...

    rad sujanto, yes it's a really complete and delicious home cooked meal! Btw, thanks for dropping by!
    : )

    levian, it's a huge feast alrite! Fruit cake is a must for Christmas
    : )

    desmond-t, thanks! Happy holidays and happy new year to you! : )

    December 26, 2008 at 11:12 PM
  21. Anonymous

    Nice Xmas Dinner. Didn't have turkey this year! Have a nice holidays!

    December 26, 2008 at 11:13 PM
  22. foongpc said...

    quachee, no need to envy me. I'm sure you're having a blast in China right now! Maybe you are longing for some hot meals and turkey over there? Hehe. Oh, so you agree the box gift is a smart idea? Cool!...and thanks! Glad to hear that! : )

    life ramblings, it's really hard. Resistance is futile. LOL! : )

    December 26, 2008 at 11:20 PM
  23. foongpc said...

    peteformation, thanks! Have a wonderful holiday yourself! : )

    December 26, 2008 at 11:21 PM
  24. Rad Sujanto said...

    your pictures make my mouth keep watery! lol

    December 26, 2008 at 11:33 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    rad sujanto, you must be very hungry! LOL!

    December 27, 2008 at 12:10 AM
  26. Rad Sujanto said...

    the ants have eaten my foods and been trying to eat me as well! lol

    just Rad is ok =)

    December 27, 2008 at 12:20 AM
  27. Anonymous

    Waaah, so much food! The turkey looks great!

    December 27, 2008 at 12:32 AM
  28. silO said...

    Yummy, better not digress from my main intention here. Merry Christmas anyway!!

    December 27, 2008 at 12:43 AM
  29. Mariuca said...

    Mmmmmmmm it all looks so yummy esp the lasagna and mushroom sauce for the pasta! :)

    December 27, 2008 at 1:52 AM
  30. Mariuca said...

    Sounds like u were the perfect guest, u even had the honour of cutting the turkey. I'm sure ul be invited again next year, Merry Christmas. :)

    December 27, 2008 at 1:53 AM
  31. Toni said...

    Wow what a spread! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!!!

    December 27, 2008 at 4:36 AM
  32. Anonymous

    Wow! What a huge spread! I'm sure you went home bloated that! Anyway, vouchers are good but some may consider it as a lazy gift as what my friends have told me.. It's like vouchers are the thing to give if you don't have the time to buy anything.. ;P

    Anyway, I have an award for you over at my blog.. I hope you'll accept it.. :)

    December 27, 2008 at 4:36 AM
  33. Monica said...

    wow the turkey looks YUM!! glad to know you had a wonderful x'mas ;-)

    December 27, 2008 at 5:36 AM
  34. Medie007 said...

    nice nice nice

    December 27, 2008 at 6:35 AM
  35. khengsiong said...

    Why don't you just hold a Christmas dinner next year and invite all of us?

    December 27, 2008 at 8:43 AM
  36. Rad Sujanto said...

    I totally agree with Khengsiong! =)

    December 27, 2008 at 10:12 AM
  37. Anonymous

    i saw hershe choc... I like that choc a lot

    December 27, 2008 at 12:00 PM
  38. Anonymous

    Oh my, what a spread! Happy Holidays!

    December 27, 2008 at 3:54 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    neo, haha! lots of food indeed! : )

    sylvester, welcome back!! Merry Christmas! : )

    mariuca, the food were indeed yummy! Yes, it's such an honour to be asked to cut the turkey! I didn't expect that! Haha! Hopefully will get invited again next year : )

    December 27, 2008 at 6:28 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    toni, thanks! Hope you had a good Christmas too! : )

    cashmere, I really don't mind if people are lazy and just give me vouchers as gifts - at least I can choose what I want to buy! Oh, thanks for the award! Will check it out : )

    monica, thanks. the turkey is yummy alrite! : )

    medie007, I think you had a good Christmas too, didn't you? : )

    December 27, 2008 at 6:32 PM
  41. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, that's not a bad idea. But I prefer to attend other people's dinner. No need to prepare anything except get a gift. Haha!

    rad, ok will juz call you rad. I'm too lazy to prepare a dinner for all of you, but who knows, I may consider it next year! : )

    calvyn, hershey chocs are pretty good, yes? Btw, thanks for dropping by! : )

    dead_cockroach, thanks for dropping by! happy holidays to you too! : )

    December 27, 2008 at 6:36 PM
  42. Rad Sujanto said...

    Just wanted to let you know that I've linked your website on mine. Like to get updates from what you write!

    Hope you don't mind =)

    December 27, 2008 at 7:19 PM
  43. Anonymous

    i just gave my friend a laminated bookmark with a quote from a famous person as xmas present.

    December 28, 2008 at 4:45 PM
  44. JL said...

    Linked. Would you like to add my blog to yours too? :D

    Hmmm...personally I've no issues with vouchers, but some of my acquaintances say vouchers are #^%4$@ for a present. That's just them though. :)

    And yes the spread is marvellous! I didn't even eat a full meal on Christmas XD

    December 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM
  45. Anonymous

    Wow, what a dinner!... so much food! I love the salad as it has so much strawberries, haha!

    December 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM
  46. Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) said...

    Wow, that is some Christmas spread my friend :D

    Merry Christmas pal.

    December 28, 2008 at 5:43 PM
  47. Kellaw said...

    OMFG I am getting more hungry after visiting your blog

    December 28, 2008 at 9:29 PM
  48. foongpc said...

    rad, thanks for linking me. Btw, I'm now a follower of your blog : )

    renaye, that's a good gift. As they say, it's the thought that counts : )

    jim, thanks for linking me. I'm also a follower of your blog now
    : ) I always like vouchers cos we can buy anything we like with them instead of getting stuck with a gift that we don't like or use. Anyway, to each his own : )

    December 28, 2008 at 10:28 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    irenelim, thanks for dropping by and leaving comments! Yes, lots of food and the salad was really great! : )

    nick phillips, thanks. Merry Christmas to you too! : )

    kellaw, hi thanks for dropping by my blog! Sorry to make you so hungry! : )

    December 28, 2008 at 10:31 PM
  50. Kellaw said...

    sorry no use one. treat me eat la. lol

    December 28, 2008 at 11:01 PM
  51. molly said...

    I agree, it is a big headache to shop for presents. It took me more than a week to shop for presents for my party guest.

    December 28, 2008 at 11:02 PM
  52. foongpc said...

    kellaw, here's how you can get to eat the food. Put your hand on the your monitor and reach the other side for the food. Enjoy! Haha! : )

    molly, yes such a big headache. That's why I ended up giving vouchers. Less headache and a win-win for everyone : )

    December 28, 2008 at 11:14 PM
  53. Tekkaus said...

    war...makan so much! Must be gemuk already. Why don't you post one of your photo? Haha =)

    January 2, 2009 at 11:14 AM
  54. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, ya, gemuk already. Must hit the gym more often now. LOL!

    January 3, 2009 at 11:18 PM
  55. Shopping in Las Vegas said...

    Nice dishes! best of luck.......

    December 23, 2009 at 12:26 AM
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  57. Anonymous

    It seems like you had a great christmas :) good for you :)

    July 16, 2019 at 5:31 PM