The only thing better than having friends who are kind, fun and generous, is having friends who are all the aforementioned plus fantastic cooks and bakers. Lucky us, we got invited, quite last minute, to spend Christmas eve afternoon with such friends at their cozy home, enjoying music, good wine and conversation, and great food. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: December 2014
We aren’t traveling anywhere and no one but our 20 year-old daughter will be visiting. Just the five of us and two cats. The larder is almost full. Only a few items to pick up from local shops.
Sip wine. Continue reading
Specifically, the expectation to gather with extended family whether you love being around each other or not. For some, this is the most special part of the season, the getting together and making merry. For others, it’s the thing they dread the most.
Would it be so wrong to go in the opposite direction, avoid the gatherings and instead hunker down? Would it be too radical to opt out of all the busyness and instead slow down, enter a little hibernation and get quiet so as to contemplate deeper messages of the season?
And what about the food we eat? +AKA-Nothing wrong with a good turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and plum pudding. All delicious stuff! But I was thinking the other day, why not serve up a menu of Middle Eastern fare. After all, that’s the part of the world Jesus is from. I’m thinking roast chicken, tabbouleh, and hummus, and for dessert, halva.
We should inject a little Middle Eastern music into our playlists too. Along with Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls let’s listen to music like this. And while we’re at it, burn a little frankincense and myrrh.
Things to think about, especially if you’re someone who likes to play with tradition and shake things up. By all means go ahead and stick with the usual script. But also feel free to go off script and do things your way.
I’m open to playing with Christmas menus and music, but I’m a northern dweller so there are some things I will forever associate with this time of the year: evergreens, red berries, pine cones and oranges,bells, wreaths, poinsettias and a box of beautiful chocolates,+AKA-heavily scented trees strung with lights,
snowmen, candles, stars and birch bark. I doubt my love of these things and my tradition of decorating our home with them will ever change. Unless, of course, I find myself someday living in a totally different part of the world.
The house is decluttered and fairly organized so I guess it’s time to get out the decorations and get decorating! Continue reading
One credo I live by is share what you love, and I LOVE this recipe. We all love it. Whenever I announce it’s on the menu I hear a chorus of “Hoorays!”
The recipe comes from the cookbook called The Healthy Kitchen by Andrew Weil, M.D and Rosie Daley (she was Oprah’s personal chef at one time). It’s called Spicy Tofu with Bean Thread Noodles and you can find it here. Continue reading