Lately I have been adjusting. It has been a quiet, patient and, at times, lonely adjustment back to ‘normal.’ I have been feeling as if I were on a deadline. You know when the new year hits all should be righted around again? The answers to the unanswered questions will suddenly appear. All of your lost hopes and dreams of the past year will be realized, wished and granted in this next year. The snow in the snow globe is slowly settling down and, yes, all will be well again.
Christmas dinner was a small, quiet affair this year. The food was oh.so. tasty. The bubbly flowed, nice wine was enjoyed, and there was lots of laughter, a few tears sprinkled in, but happiness as well. Let’s start with the pre-dinner nibbles.
I pulled out the fancy shrimp platter (family heirloom). When you start pulling out fancy dishes you need to dress them up all fancy. Plus it is fun to do…well at least I think so! Next up: smoked salmon.
This was a little combination of two things. You see the pumpernickel bread? I love those little breads!! It was topped with some creme fraiche (a fancy cream cheese of sorts) that was dressed up with lemon and orange zest/ juice, fresh dill, salt and pepper. A little slice of cucumber for crunch. Smoked salmon. Of course red onion and capers topped off this delicious treat! Thank you Uncle Bill for sharing your smoked salmon with us!
The main star of the evening was the rib roast! I get nervous about fancy Christmas roasts. Give me other things to roast and I am a-ok. Give me a chicken – I can’t screw that one up. Give me veggies to chop and I am cool with throwing ’em in a pan and roasting them up. Give me a fancy Christmas roast…well not so cool… somehow I managed to smile even though I was nervous as the numbers kept climbing higher and higher. Very, very nervous that this was overcooked….
And who strikes a pose like that when they are taking the temperature of a roast anyhow?! I must really like you readers to post such a silly pic. But look what happened….we sliced this gorgeous thing up….and….wait for it…
Gorgeous! Perfect! Potatoes were baked twice. Popovers were popped. Green beans and asparagus were cooked up and dressed. Mmm. The table was set. It was a festival of lights. When you don’t have festive, traditional Christmas dishes to grace the table just turn the lights down and light lots of candles. It makes everything look chic and festive.
After we had our little Christmas the house was once again quiet. It was then when I started to reflect. Reflecting on the past year. So many changes have happened! Somewhere along the way I finally found my inner fire. What made it so? I am not sure. What I do know is that when you have a recipe involving a handful of patience and strength, a dash of hope, shot of courage (not always the liquid variety), a lot of happiness and gratitude, and a strong will to do your very best for yourself then wonderful things do come around; both for yourself and those who you surround yourself with. Thanks for reading! I wish you all the very best in the new year!!!