The “family” is coming to an early Christmas dinner a few days before Christmas. Just the five of us this year but nonetheless, we want to have a “proper” feast!
I’ve been working on the menu and of course, as usual, it’s the veggies that seem to present problems! This person doesn’t like that and someone else doesn’t like something else…you know what I mean! Luckily, pretty much everybody will eat carrots! No Brussels sprouts for us, sadly! One year I made my fabulous braised kale and of course it was an issue! What do you do when your brother only eats green beans, corn, carrots, and on a good day, peas! Exactly, you go to the market and buy imported green beans! I console myself with the knowledge that we pretty much eat only seasonal veggies the rest of the year! You gotta do what you gotta do! I like to keep things relatively simple because who wants a worn out host?
Last year was the first time I made Sticky Toffee Pudding! I can’t believe I’ve gone all this time without having tried this incredible pudding. What the heck was I thinking? Now it’s become the go-to dessert for the holidays! And, you will never guess, when we were at Costco the other day, we saw ready-made ones! WHAT…the package said they are made by an “authentic Englishman from Austin, Texas” WHAT!
Our Christmas Menu:
- Pan Roasted Bone-in Turkey Breast With Fresh Rosemary & Thyme
- Turkey Gravy Made From The Pan Drippings & Homemade Turkey Stock
- Scalloped Potatoes With Roasted Garlic & Fresh Marjoram
- Sautéed French Green Beans With Shallots & Meyer Lemon Juice
- Braised Carrots With Sage
So get the Christmas Crackers out, set a fine table, open a wonderful bottle of wine and enjoy! From our house to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and an amazing 2014!