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February Memories of Christmas

February 15, 2011

I’m hoping to begin posting a little more often—around Christmas G and I had lots of visitors, and after our guests had left I went into a writing frenzy. So, I now have a draft of a dissertation chapter written, but no blog posts under my belt.

Anyway, I thought I should share some of our Christmas food. February can be cloudy and relatively holiday-free, and it seems like an appropriate time to remember more festive times.

Graham and I had a great Christmas. First, we made lots of cut-out sugar cookies.

On Christmas Eve, we made pumpkin penne with toasted hazelnuts, using this recipe.

I highly recommend this recipe—every Chef Chloe recipe I’ve tried has been great. I may have opted to add a little extra salt (and I used hazelnuts instead of pecans), but the recipe produces a wonderful, creamy sauce as is.

On Christmas day, we first went on a long walk down to Trocadero

(that’s a view of the Eiffel Tower, from the Christmas market at Trocadero), and we then went on to have a veritable feast.

On the menu were mashed sweet potatoes and cauliflower with dried cranberries,

agave-roasted brussel sprouts with toasted hazelnuts (also inspired by Chloe),

vegetable stuffing,

mushroom gravy,

and stuffed seitan.

When I first saw our stuffed seitan loaf, I thought that it needed something to make it a little more festive. So Graham went to work constructing a seitan loaf decoration.

It was quite fitting for our little French Christmas. So we had a huge meal,

and several hours later we ready for dessert: chocolate pumpkin bread pudding (also a Chef Chloe recipe).

I thought it was good with a little extra coconut milk, but again, the recipe would be great as is. It’s chocolate-y and decadent, with a wonderful crispy exterior formed by caramelized sugar.

Christmas dinner was delightful many times over, since it provided us with meals for the next few weeks.

On New Year’s Day, my good friend and her partner were visiting us, and I tried my hand at making a full meal for four. I made some stuffed mushrooms,

some bruschetta,

and some potato soup, which was delicious, but not really worth taking pictures of.

Cooking for four people is an entirely different affair from cooking for two—although I managed to make enough food this time, I need to build up my confidence before cooking for even larger groups. Perhaps when I have more than two burners I won’t find the prospect as overwhelming.

Like I said, I will be posting more often—there are some new veg restaurants in town that definitely deserve some attention…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2011 1:13 pm

    I went to that market last year when we were visiting Paris! It was so much fun to wander around.

    Your seitan roast looks great! Especially decorated. 🙂

  2. Ste K. permalink
    February 15, 2011 6:48 pm

    Glad to have you back!

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