This year, family is coming to my home for Christmas.
We will spend Christmas Eve decorating, baking and having a bunch in for dinner that evening.
Then, on Christmas Day, it will just be my sisters, their spouses and me.
Roast duck – Stuffed with fresh lemon, onion and garlic
Twice baked potatoes – filling: sour cream and chives
Pear/walnut salad – A mix of greens with fresh pears, dried cranberries, walnuts, feta cheese and a vinaigrette
Peas – Fixed very simply
For dessert, an old family recipe called snow pudding:
A light dessert made with gelatin, either lemon or lime, egg whites and sugar, topped with custard sauce and raspberries.
Our wine: Pinot Noir. That is one of the reasons for having peas: Somehow, these little green veggies increase the affinity between the duck and wine.
We get a white Christmas this year; in fact, we have to keep an eye on the weather and roads. It is not at all uncommon for the freeway to be closed.
I have an idea for a sign I might post somewhere:
Presents are lovely, but your presence is treasured”