For Christmas, I got Los a new sound system for our house, a tattoo and a PUPPY! More news on those changes to come... But first, the food: for our first Christmas starting new traditions, we thought why not shoot for the moon? We threw out any "traditional ham" idea. We all assigned each other different countries to make dishes from- the only requirement being that you could not have ever made the dish before. What could've been a risky disaster turned out amazingly!
Team Evans, 5 months away from expanding!
Team Y'all- 3 months away from becoming Team Yokers!
My food aversions include many proteins, luckily I was assigned India (an easy country for vegetarian dishes). I made a veggie curry that was spicier than I'd hoped, but good and good for you.
Action shot from our kitchen
We had French Champagne, an amazing Brunello from Italy (thanks Bish!) and cheeses from Sweden, Spain, Switzerland and England...
Burly cleaned up on new treats from Santa...
Kiesha made a Russian Potato and Kielbasa recipe that we gobbled up, huge hit. I also made a Kiwi Raita yogurt to assuage the spiciness of my dish. Carlos made the main dish, a French chicken piperade- very good. Dave made cranberries (we had to have them!) and an awesome Spanish Flan for dessert. All in all, a great meal. We had so much fun with team Y'all, who spent 4 nights at our house (although they only live at the beach, 25 minutes away!) It was so fun to spend the days with them, exchange stockings and go to San Antonio the day after Christmas together. Saturday we introduced them to Settlers, our fave game, finally we have people to play it with here! And I made a Spanakopita and Tabbouleh for dinner, to continue our international theme. Sunday they went to church with us and then they made us a great lunch. Lots o food and fun and memories with our friends.
Now we are sleepy, yet grateful for the mini-vacation in our own home.