Christmas has come and gone and now the countdown until January 1st is well underway… Time flies. I say that all the time, and I feel like a lot of my blogging has been infused with that sentiment but it really does amaze me. I think that’s why I am so intrigued by the hours I spend traveling between different time zones; it’s the only time when time technically stays still or moves particularly slowly (but then I get a reality check when I travel back the other way and time moves extra fast). Anyway, this is how Christmas celebrations went for me; I hope everyone else also had a wonderful time!
I had a pretty delicious dinner on Christmas Eve at my uncle’s house. I dressed in elf colours as I like to do during these festivities and opened my stomach up to an endless stream delicious treats.
Dec. 24th: My uncle's glorious tree
Dec. 24th: Sitting down to eat
Dec. 24th: I'm always amazed by the man's dashing tableware
We started the meal with home made foie gras, cooked by one of the guests, my uncle’s friend Francis. I don’t generally like foie gras, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Its taste was subtle, not overly earthy and married itself very well with the onion confit. I guess there’s a first time for everything.
Dec. 24th: Tasty prawns with soy and sesame
I don’t have pictures of our main course, a stuffed capon but it was also a success. I always have capon at Christmas because on the 25th, you can count on my grandmother to throw one in the oven for our big family lunch, but she likes her capon without frills so sometimes, it ends up being a bit dry. But with his meaty stuffing, my uncle added unknown dimensions to what I knew that meat to taste like.
Dec. 24th: It's not Christmas without a sweet dessert
Dec. 24th: Needless to say, we ate well
Let’s fast forward to Sunday at my grandmother’s. Even more family, and even more food.
Dec. 25th: My sister serving up some amuse-bouches
Dec. 25th: Olive-filled puff pastries by my one of my cousins
Dec. 25th: Our table
Dec. 25th: Shrimp over a caramelized apple, foie gras with onion confit, smoked salmon and gingerbread by my aunts
In this dish, the apple was particularly nice touch. Not anything I would ever have thought of putting together (although to be fair, I don’t have very sharp cooking chops yet; I’m starting to work on it though). Again, my dedication to photographing the meal was beaten when the next items came on the table: oysters. Having them meant we didn’t get escargots (part of me was disappointed) but I really only get oysters at this time of the year so it was a still the highlight of the meal.
Dec. 24th: My grandmother's Christmas staple #1, Goose
Dec. 25th: My grandmother's Christmas staple #2, capon
It was a much more “meat and potatoes” type of meal here compared to the kitchen pyrotechnics of the previous evening, but it’s just as nice. Especially in the complicated times many of us are facing, it’s always nice to remember to appreciate simpler pleasures. Besides, we left off with very sweet treats for dessert.
Dec. 25th: Fair trade chocolate brought by my sister
Dec. 25th: As tradition goes, my sister also cut up our ice-cream dessert for everyone
Dec. 25th: My grandma even shared the tea she got as a present after all the eating was done
Speaking off presents, I can’t speak about Christmas without sharing some present opening pictures from both events. Here they are! Hope your Christmas celebrations were as full of smiles!