31 Dec 2010, 4:41pm
dinner holiday

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Christmas Dinner

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! I still have quite the backlog of posts to get to (*glances uneasily at the folder filled with pic files from months ago*), but those will have to wait until next year. XD I’m going to make it my new year’s resolution to try and get posts done in a more timely manner, but in the meantime, I wanted to share pics from my Christmas dinner! My friends cooked up a festive meal – to which I contributed one dish – and it was absolutely fabulous. In fact, we spent most of the night congratulating ourselves on our culinary masterpieces, and declared the dinner to be a smashing success that deserved all the praise we lavished upon it.

Pictured above is the roasted chicken (one of 2), which was accompanied by a nice mustard seed gravy. The chicken was perfectly cooked and juicy. o(^___^)o

The rest –

Green salad with a light Asian dressing with mangoes, blood oranges, spiced walnuts and avocado. Perfect combination of sweet and savory in a salad! Loved the variations in textures, and the balance of flavors between the acidity of the oranges, creamy smoothness of the avocados and the brightness of the dressing.

Leeks braised in chicken stock with prosciutto, shallots and lemon juice. Such a simple yet elegant dish! I loooove leeks, and there’s really no need to do anything fancy to make a wonderful dish with it. The lemon is really what pulls this dish together with its tartness.

I made a cauliflower and bacon gratin, from a recipe I found on Food Network by Giada. (I’m using the pic I took of it before it left my kitchen, since it was better than the one from the dinner table). I thought it came out pretty well, if I can say so myself. XD I think the only thing was, the cheese got very crusty and hard on top, whereas I would’ve preferred it to be more gooey. I used just shredded Gruyere, but my friend says I can get my desired effect if I mix in some Parmesan or other melty cheeses.

Alas, I forgot to take a picture of the dessert!!! By this point in the evening, we were all kind of lazying around from the huge meal and trying to stay lucid, so I suppose that excuses my lapse? But the dessert – a bread pudding of sorts, made with maple syrup – was equally fabulous as the rest of the meal. The warm, sweet pastry paired perfectly with a cold dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Thanks for a memorable Christmas, guys! ♥ (^O^)v

Rah rah Christmas dinner!


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