So much cooking going on!
After this last weekend's 20 pounds of baked ziti (argh - I'll be dreaming ziti nightmares for weeks!), I've managed to volunteer for much lighter duties. For our potluck at work, we drew straws and I ended up making fruit salad (woo hoo - something simple). I did a quick mix of crisp fuyu persimmons, bosc pears, and fuji apple in a simple dressing of white balsamic and mango juice, with a secret dash of pepper to brighten things up and a pinch of edible gold flakes just to make it over the top. Simple and done in 10 minutes!
For Christmas, we're doing osso buco with risotto and a parsley/pinenut salsa verde. It sounds difficult, but mostly involves stirring and waiting. I'll bring the leftover gold to throw in a salad (hey, it's Christmas!)
Our Christmas morning tradition is rolling our own dungeoness crab California rolls, so we're doing our part for non-traditional holiday food, too.
My heart goes out to the non-Christmas-celebrators, too. It must get tiresome. Enjoy your Chinese food and have some sesame chicken for me! For years, I couldn't get away from school or jobs to celebrate Thanksgiving, and the only place open near me was always my local falafel shop, so I still have fond memories of eating falafel while the rest of America feasted. It actually felt a bit fun and rebellious...
Thank goodness we don't all believe the same things and celebrate the same holidays. It keeps things interesting. And delicious.
Wow, apparently I'm feeling chatty today...
As for my SOTD, now that the 3x3 Blind Sniff is over (for those who haven't tried, it's quite difficult...but fun!), I think it's time for me to start another perfume house marathon. Leaving for work this morning, I absentmindedly sprayed Un Jardin Apres La Mousson
, so I'll use that as an excuse to pick Hermes