Sunday, January 31, 2010

Meals before Christmas

Now the last of January, it seems appropriate somehow that I recap the meals. Let's then begin with the meals from around Christmas.

On Dec. 21, we had broccoli and purple cauliflower, wild rice, and salmon:

On Dec. 22, my family and I made pot stickers:

Christmas was a goose:

And Boxing Day was a seafood bisque. Begin by boiling crab shells (leftover from Christmas Eve), with some old carrots, celery, and onions, and dried peppercorn and bay leaf. Strain them, and bring the broth back to a simmer. Sauté a mirepoix of carrots, celery, and onion in butter, along with some clams (scrub them first), which will steam open and release their liquids. Remove from heat, and pick out the clams; make your little sister take the clam meat from the shells. Add the veggies to the crab broth, and blend until smooth with your brand new immersion blender that you received for Christmas. Add the clam meat, some leftover salmon, and the meat from the half-crab that you saved. Bring to a boil, stir in some heavy cream, correct the salt, and add just a little curry powder. Serve with parsley and a good bread.

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