OK, this post is a few weeks late but hey, better late than never! One of my goals for 2021 was to spend less time on social media and more blogging and reading. Have to say, it’s not going well so far, while I’ve been pretty good about not posting on Facebook, I’ve been addicted to twitter for the past week trying to stay up to date with the latest happenings in the US.
As much as living in the middle of a pandemic sucks, 2020 wasn’t all bad. One of my brothers and his wife welcomed their 3rd child, a beautiful baby girl and another brother got engaged to a woman we all love. Since making chocolate is essential and I work from home, we’ve both been able to work this past year, unlike many others. While not being able to travel home last year sucked, thanks to technology, I feel closer than ever to some of my family. We play games online, video chat on a very regular basis and I’m constantly receiving videos and photos of the babies. So while life wasn’t normal, I’m very happy to have a life to live.
On to 2021! Though I had tons of ideas and plans for blog posts, I didn’t post them because I always felt the need to have the perfect featured photo. Since I never got around to getting the photo, the moment would pass and I just wouldn’t blog. So I will probably do some generic headers and worry about it. The reality is, we’re never going to be a huge blog, but hopefully this will be a fun way to journal our lives. I still go look at my old blogspot posts to grab some recipes from there so I’m going to work on posting more recipes. I take a ton of food photos, I need somewhere to post them, lol.
Speaking of food, while we didn’t host Christmas dinner this year, we did cook for the family. Here’s a meal we sent off to the Britt’s family.
We cooked the goose on Christmas Eve since we only have 1 oven now. The original dessert was supposed to be Christmas pudding but it didn’t turn out right. The final version was too wet so I ended up burning it in the microwave. What didn’t burn was fantastic. The problem was, we didn’t have the correct containers, which I’ve since fixed. There are currently 2 puddings in our pantry. Will be breaking them out in a couple of weeks. The eggnog pudding was last minute, it was ok. Nothing to write home about.
Getting our oven to temp is a pain in the butt, but luckily, this is a pretty fail safe prime rib recipe. I cut off the string that was wrapped around the roast, I should have kept it on there because our standing rib roast was more of a flopped over rib roast.
The roast turned out perfect, even if the top part did fall off (seriously, keep the twine on).
I made a sticky port gravy earlier in the week. It took hours but the flavor was wonderful! I froze it because it was going to be a few days but the flavor was better before freezing so next time I’ll make the night ahead. The store didn’t have chicken wings so I used beef bones for this.
The scalloped potatoes were slightly undercooked which bummed me out. I didn’t use a recipe, just tossed in some cream of mushroom soup and loads of cheese. Can’t go wrong, well, unless you undercook the potatoes.
Tried a new salad, it was called a Christmas slaw. Super simple and makes a lot. The recipe said to toss in the dressing before you serve, which I did. Another mistake. I should have tossed at least an hour before, if not a day before so that the cabbage could absorb the flavors. The leftovers of this were fantastic. Felt bad I sent out a subpar salad.
The caramelized carrots and onions turned out wonderful tho. The recipe called for more onions, I went lighter on that, just a personal preference. My brother and his fiancé made this for Christmas as well and they really enjoyed it as well.
Honestly, the best thing about cooking all of that food is we had leftovers for days (don’t forget we also had a goose). It was great not trying to figure out what to do for dinner, the hardest part was figuring out the food combination we wanted. And I saved the bones and used them in the pho I made this week.
How are things in your neck of the woods? Luckily, I get to spend lockdown (UK is in lockdown again) with someone I not only love but someone I like. If you are alone or just need someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to reach out.