Jan 4th, 2005
I pretty much gave up cooking for the second half of December, and am just now easing my way back into the groove. I've been reading cookbooks and thinking about cooking, but apart from holiday baking, not a lot actually got done in the kitchen.
Christmas was at my parents house. For Christmas Eve we had the traditional Christmas Pork Pie. I'm not sure whose tradition it is other than ours (my mom insists it's Canadian) but it sure is good. I'll have to get the recipe from my mom and post it here some day. For Christmas dinner we had Cornish hens and Celeriac puree (celery root pureed with lots of butter and cream). I made an Indian cauliflower curry the next day that was pretty good - I'll post it soon.
For New Years we were planning on drinking wine and tasting the six different imported cheeses we got for Christmas. Since Shannon and Warner came over we also had a Caesar salad with Garlic Croutons, Red Lentil Puree with Flatbread, and little nibbles with the cheese - plus some good wine. Shannon, I really liked that Zinfandel - did you say you finally found it in Port Townsend?
It was my first time attempting a Caesar salad and I think the dressing was a bit watery, but I'll definitely try again and post the results if I ever get it right. The croutons were tasty though - even if Shannon did mock me for them.
The red lentil puree and flatbread recipes will get their own posts.
What did you all eat or cook for the holidays?