To my mind, Christmas is just as much about the food as it is about the presents. Maybe this year it's been a little too much about the food for me - ahem (oh well, that's what New Year's resolutions are for). I have cooked more and used more butter this month that in the previous 11 months combined. It all culminated in Christmas dinner, which we actually ate on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day. Here's what was on the menu:
Vegetarian Chopped Liver and melba toasts (delicious - highly recommend)
Cranberry relish, because it wouldn't be Christmas without it
Vegetarian Quorn Wellington (really good)
Cornbread Dressing (essential at any holiday)
Green Beans sauteed in olive oil and garlic
Salad with radish, jicama, and avocado
And the crowning glory of the meal - my first croquembouche! OK, the cake boss I am not. It turns out I should have used a smaller styrofoam cone as the base, and for some reason my caramel sauce ended up crystallizing as it cooled, instead of forming nice syrupy strings draped artistically around the whole thing. The end result looks a little like the Grinch's mountain, which wasn't exactly the effect I was going for. Oh well, fortunately everyone was mostly too full to mind.