Merry Christmas Eve pajama party!
All the food we ate, the cookies we baked, the tables we set… and this is the only food picture I got:
Someone in my house is talking about “detoxing” and “dieting.” Oh, the horrors! Perhaps we just need some meals that don’t include 9 sticks of butter and 32 pounds of prime rib? And, green salad with every meal?
- baked fish (it’s not very exciting, but frozen tilapia is $15 for 2 pounds at WFM, dress it up with olive oil, s&p and lemon), roasted cauliflower, green salad
- chicken meatballs, green salad
- chicken shawarma, yogurt sauce, green salad
- salmon with anchovies and capers, green salad
- i love these sesame noodles, add some protein and more veggies
- everything-but-the-kitchen-sink soup
- roasted beet salad (yummmmm!!!!)
- risotto (because at some point we’ll want something rich and creamy), green salad
- vegetable miso soup
- baked potatoes…. with wild mushrooms (!)
Finally, here’s to moments that make my heart grow and feel like I actually did get everything I wanted for Christmas:
Do you ever read something and think, “Wow, how did they know that about me?!” DALS did it to me this week with Cooking When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking. Seriously, from the pizza bagels and scrambled eggs one week to miso tuna and jambalaya the next. I haven’t read the full Atlantic article yet, but it looks good. Add it to my Someday File.
This weekend I had fun baking with a virtual group of friends for The Bitten Word’s Holiday Cookie Challenge. I was assigned Gingered Sugar Cookies. Yum, I don’t think you can go very wrong when you mix ginger and sugar cookies. Mine came out alright… I’d make again but not handle the dough so much and skip the braiding and shaping. I also made Bourbon Bow Ties for a friend who wanted to do the baking challenge but couldn’t. Hmm, let me just say if you want a fried cookie, stick with a beignet or churro and save the bourbon and vanilla bean for something better.
What I really want to be cooking this week: lamb meatballs, wild mushroom galette, caramel blondies, Israeli couscous with butternut and preserved lemon, fried eggplant with chickpeas, potato cavatelli…. Instead, I asked the kids (you know, the ones who stare longingly into the fridge and say “There’s nothing to eat in here“) to come up with a menu for the week. I have to say, it’s not too bad:
- twice baked potatoes, broccoli, steak
- hamburgers with blue cheese and bacon
- lemon-herb roasted chicken, sweet potato fries, peas
- tortellini with meat sauce, green beans
- enchiladas, rice and beans, romaine salad
- potato and corn chowder
- ground turkey or chicken tacos
Now, I’m off to unpack these bins and create a winter wonderland in the living room. Or, maybe I’ll just drink the leftover bourbon and leave the decorating to the elves. xo M.