What does that mean? Scratch, in this case, is an adjective not a verb. No, it doesn't mean I would like to get rid of Christmas (although, I don't like the "happy holidays and the Xmas greetings"). Do we have to diminish everything important because we must be politically correct ALL the time? There, I got it out...and I feel better!
This Christmas was a "made from scratch" event in the kitchen. For Christmas Eve, we had our Feast of the Six Fishes. Yes. it's seven fishes, but we had too much food and I chose to scale it back. We started with appetizers like my son's bacon wrapped scallops (the best by far) and baked not fried coconut panko shrimp with a spicy apricot dipping sauce. The appetizers were eaten in such a frenzy that I neglected to capture them with a picture! Oh no! Moving on we gathered around the table for traditional seafood pasta with more shrimp, scallops, clams and cod. Yum. A small salad of butter greens sprinkled with pistachios and goat cheese topped with caramelized pears accompanied the seafood bucatini.
And because I didn't want to put up with the crowds and traffic (or out of laziness on my part) I decided to make cannoli shells, previously purchased in the past, from scratch. I don't recommend doing this on the eve of Christmas Eve! I was surprised how easy the process went. I had the cannoli shell forms hidden in the cupboard and I've never used these in well over 15 years. Shameful...
|I kid you not. They're from scratch.|
In addition to the meal we arrived at grandma's earlier in the week to do a bit of Christmas cookie baking. My son made sugar coated rosettes while his bride whipped up molasses spice cookies. Grandma busied herself by creating a pumpkin pecan pie and I tried my hand at a new recipe. Mini frangipane tartletts. I'll make these again, for sure! (recipe to come).
|Rosettes, molasses spice and frangipane bites|
I asked myself so many times this year why I went to so much trouble preparing everything from scratch. Hmmmm....not sure, except that it all comes from my heart...I enjoy it....and This year my mind needed to stay busy. I hope everyone's Christmas was special and blessed!