Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays…
They tell me
I would just like to take this moment to recount how I have been spoiled and indulged in the last several days. Good cookin’ bar none:
Aperitif: munchies (pistachios, chips, cashews) and kir, a drink made of a dab of fruit liqueur (often cassis, blackcurrant) and white wine or champagne
Appetizer: tomato and egg dish
Main dish: rabbit in a red wine sauce
Cheese: goat cheese, tome, camembert, gruyere…
Ice cream cake
Tisane: tea specifically to aid digestion or sleeping.
Christmas Eve lunch
Aperitif: munchies, kir
Main dish: chicken on rice
Eggs and vegetables with homemade mayonnaise
Christmas Eve dinner
Start time: 8:30pm
Aperitif: octopi, eggplants and sun-dried tomatoes wrapped around goat cheese and pepper sauce, kir
Second appetizer: foie gras (fattened duck liver)
Main dish: salmon with red wine sauce
End time: 12:30!
Varieties of wine served: four!
Christmas Day meal
Aperitif: munchies, kir
Appetizer: oysters, shrimp, snails, crabs
Main dish: chicken, rib roast, again with red wine sauce
Chocolate and coffee
My modest contribution to all this? Mom’s cinnamon rolls, which of course never turn out quite like Mom’s. The family was thrilled. I took a picture of them all taking a picture of the rolls, but since they’re all in pajamas, I decided for their sake not to post it. I was glad to give a little, after all I’d devoured and digested and delighted in!
Needless to say, it was exhausting. ;-)
The rest of the vacation I recuperated at the Noë’s home near Orléans, with no less excellent meals (though smaller portions, to be sure), still in the excellent company of Isabelle, Frédéric, Lucie (11), Louis (8), and Charlotte (3). I dug into the seventh Harry Potter book and didn’t venture too far from the fireplace. Even in the “
I entered 2008 before you did!
I made it back to
2008 is a year I haven’t ever given much thought to: 2005 was graduation, the big change from high school to college; 2006 was the supposedly-uneventful-but-ever-so-eventful year; 2007 revolved around leaving for
I’ve booked my return flight for 29 June.
And enough with the peanut butter! I’m swimming in it! I think I now have enough to return to the States with at least a jar. It was a very good thought…but then all of you had it! Please see below my current collection (which does not include the jar already sitting in my cupboard). So much for moderation in all things: