A Day of Feasting
That "Feasting" begins early
as breakfast is on the sideboard
coffee to the left . . .
Stollen to the right
And ever since Daughter Sarah moved to Minneapolis, there's been a Kringle as well
but she and Andy flew in . . early
So we were back to Stollen only for Christmas breakfast.
Always bought -- never made
(although I have looked at recipes)
On the sideboard
Quick trips to refill coffee cups and snag another piece of stollen slathered in butter
while we open gifts.
Not too much breakfast
For there is Christmas Dinner
But enough -- just enough to stave off the hunger pangs.
After the sack of discarded wrapping paper
(some ribbons are saved for next year)
We get busy in the kitchen
The table was set the day before
With the Christmas china, of course!
A silver bowl full of Christmas greens and red and white flowers
The two glass sleighs full of antique Christmas ornaments
The Christmas china
Royal Doulton's Tartan
(bought actually 20 years ago on a trip to England at the factory -- in the seconds shop -- 8 plates, 8 cups, 8 saucers -- for $12! Sigh -- why didn't I buy 24?)
The salad plates are Lenox holiday that look well with the Tartan
Jim's grandmother's cutlery
And a damask napkin in a silver ring
With the glut of Harry and David pears, the wonderful
roasted pear salad from Ina Garten
(And was Daughter Sarah's favorite part of the meal)
A roasted pork loin with a roasted onion and balsamic vinegar sauce
And roasted Brussels sprouts
Emeril's cornbread and andouille sausage dressing
(It's become the traditional Christmas dressing because it goes so well with pork)
And for dessert?
A pear tart awaits on the sideboard.
(That glut of Harry and David pears)
Not a found recipe but one I created.
Both Sarah and Andy thought it fabulous.
Andy so much so that he had a second piece!
Simple -- pear, cream and a bit of sugar in a pastry crust.
Served on Lenox holiday
(We bought double the amount of the Lenox because you can use them for both salad and dessert -- friend Shirley Ann was the wise one who told me this tip)
And later . . . after dinner . . . and a nap for some . . . and a rousing game of Monopoly for others
And with the living room cleaned up a bit from the
madness that was Christmas present unwrapping
We have a Christmas tea
Lenox holiday tea plates, Royal Doulton Tartan cups and saucers, tea napkins and tea spoons
|With not much luck at breakfast or dinner, Dolly sees food at her level and is running to see if she can snag a bite or two!|
The silver tea pot and tea kettle
and my newest Christmas creamer and sugar
And on the curate,
Mince pies made just for tea
And slices of fruitcake
We play a lot of carols on Christmas Day
While we open presents
While we eat dinner
While we take tea
I love the carols of Christmas
And especially like the service of Nine Lessons and Carols
from King's College in Cambridge
Heard on Christmas Eve morn on NPR
And then the service of carols and candles that night, Christmas Eve