Archives for: December 2005, 01
The holiday eating frenzy seems to have started early this year.
Thanksgiving was good. It was just the three of us, and we cooked at home. Hubby did the turkey (deep-fried), mashed potatoes and green beans. I made the stuffing, candied sweet potatoes and Waldorf salad. Daughter was in charge of gravy and dessert. (About an hour before dinner, she drove off to the store and bought a bottle of gravy and a pumpkin pie – she’s not really into cooking yet). Of course, since the family disdains BTD, we didn’t try to observe any dietary restrictions. It was all so good with a bottle of Riesling to sip. The only items we saved as leftovers were the turkey, cranberries and pie, so none of us were tempted the next day with stuffing and other naughties.
On Sunday we invited another couple over for dinner. They vacation in warm places a lot in the winter, so we like to see them whenever we can. Hubby made a wonderful braised pot roast with a very garlicky, tomatoey thick sauce that was also used to pour over pasta. To his credit, hubby seems to like spelt pasta, because that is what he is using those rare times he cooks pasta. (He’s an Atkins aficionado, if you remember.) He made a superb squash soup to start the meal. Compared to a couple of years ago, he is cooking more to my liking. He uses vegetable or beef broth instead of chicken. He will use spelt when available. And he is experimenting more with root vegetables.
Anyway, the company and the wine had me eating way too much, even though most of it was compliant. There were petit fours and truffles at dessert time. Who needed it? We all indulged.
Last night I went to a traditional gal’s holiday party where we bring a gift and as you go around the room choosing gifts, you get to steal them away from someone else, etc. It’s great fun. We all bring potluck. Most of it is homemade. I ate an egg before going, hoping I wouldn’t have too big an appetite and would be more picky about what I ate. It worked to some degree. At least I didn’t go back for seconds. The desserts were to die for, though. Pumpkin cheesecake roll, ginger cookies and almond roca to name a few. I did sample those.
This morning my tummy is rumbling, my head is foggy and my throat a bit scratchy. I look forward to a few days of compliance before my next set of temptations is presented.