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Posted by: Seraffa, Saturday, December 24, 2011, 7:50pm
Just to keep in touch with all you wonderful people during Yuletide.  :D

Don't forget to include your revelry, hi-jinx and "totally unexpecteds" that happened as your visitors arrived or as you went out to see others!
(i.e.: so-and-so saw what was in the dish...and we turned around a few minutes later and he/she had eaten the WHOLE THING"
or "Spot saw a cat and nearly knocked Aunt Sue down trying to get out the door to chase it!")

Peace!
Posted by: Marc121, Sunday, December 25, 2011, 12:51pm; Reply: 1
I`m proud that this Christmas, I have not eat food that are in avoid list. :)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Sunday, December 25, 2011, 6:06pm; Reply: 2
We're having my ex's 50th birthday party this afternoon, and we're making Chinese food. There's a pretty long-standing tradition of Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas day, so his sisters are craving that, and I'm making a (mostly) compliant version for all of us to share. We're doing sushi for appetizers, egg drop soup, and then a  beef and broccolli stir fry, chicken lo mein (with rice noodles), brown and white rice, and for dessert orange slices and birthday cake (made from arrowroot and white rice flour.)

It won't  be a 100% compliant meal, as we're using chicken (not turkey) for the lo mein and the egg drop soup, sesame oil in the beef (avoids for B's) wheat-free tamari in both main dishes and sugar and vanilla in the cake (avoids for DD1 and me) and us Os shoudln't have the orange slices. But the meal will be free of the worst avoids and "chemical non-food additives" and is based on whole, real foods.
Posted by: Goldie, Sunday, December 25, 2011, 6:52pm; Reply: 3
I have just received 3 steaks from sister who does not eat them, and now I am cooking them for O's who I invited as I know they will have sparse foods available.. since I am going away I have no food in my freezer, so I had to borrow a bag of peas from my neighbor friend to make a meal out of it.. a little Ketchup .. to make salad dressing and mayo borrowed also will make salad dressing.  Add some cooked plums from my freezer for desserts.. a meal fit for kings.. my guest feel that way by the time they leave.. not bad.. for a holiday quick invite for a friend..  
Posted by: Munchkin76, Sunday, December 25, 2011, 10:20pm; Reply: 4
Well, I ate too much - that's pretty much the norm at Christmas though right!  I made a lovely cut of organic, grass fed beef fore rib with roasted sweet potatoes, parsnips and turnips, served with peas and gravy made from the pan juices.  Yum, it was so delicious I can't tell you.  Here's the pic - no commentary on the ridiculously large portion please!  ;)

http://i823.photobucket.com/albums/zz153/axcartme/XmasLunch2011.jpg

Andy
Posted by: Dianne, Monday, December 26, 2011, 3:15am; Reply: 5
We do both brunch and dinner. I do the brunch and my husband does the dinner, I make the cranberries and dressing and he does all else.

This year I made the regular wheat flour baguette, cream and eggs & peach one for the family and a gluten-free one with bread that I make myself, so no avoids, for me & my DH. I made a thick almond cream with almonds pre-soaked previously.

You let this soak in the fridge overnight and then cook on a griddle. We were quite please with how it turned out. No bloating, indigestion and even with the maple syrup, my husband reported no sugar buzz. I am so pleased that this turned out as it is a good replacement for us.

No funny stories to report... ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, December 26, 2011, 4:08am; Reply: 6
Christmas Eve I served a roast tenderloin of beef (divine!) with scalloped potatoes made with just cream (but...potatoes! :o) and a salad and stir fry snow peas, with glutenfree raspberry trifle for dessert! For sons, grandkids, etc.
It was lovely and so satisfying....from selecting the red and green napkins to pulling in a table from outside and setting the 2 tables with the silver and candles! (hey, the tableclothes didn't match, but we just soldiered on...) gotta do these things at least once a year! ;D
Posted by: O in Virginia, Monday, December 26, 2011, 8:31pm; Reply: 7
Not proud, no, but not feeling too guilty either.  I had rabbit on Christmas Eve (in a restaurant).  It was a de-boined loin of rabbit, so I was able to eat it without feeling squeamish.  Rabbit is a diamond on my swami, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was served wtih cabbage (avoid), and I forget what else.  Dessert was avoids.  Kir Royale for an apperitif was an avoid.  Oysters were neutral.

Christmas evening potluck was a mixed bag, jambalaya with chicken andouille (neutral, but rice is diamond), an eggy casserole with sausage (avoid), sliced ham (avoid), gluten free homemade molasses cookes (sugar avoid), blueberry pie (wheat & sugar avoid) with vanilla ice cream (avoid), stollen for breakfast (avoid).  More cava for kir royales, and another sparkling wine a friend brought - we knocked off both bottles, just the friend and I.

Sheesh...I'm surprised I feel as well as I do.  But I enjoyed it.  :)
Posted by: san j, Monday, December 26, 2011, 11:44pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from O in Virginia
I had rabbit on Christmas Eve (in a restaurant).  It was a de-boined loin of rabbit, so I was able to eat it without feeling squeamish.  Rabbit is a diamond on my swami, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was served wtih cabbage (avoid), and I forget what else.

:)


OK, Lady. Gimme the details on the Rabbit, and nobody gets hurt.
Posted by: Kathleen, Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 7:32pm; Reply: 9
Yorkshire Pudding is a Christmas tradition on my side of the family (O's and B's so we love those drippings  ;D).  I prepared Prime Rib and Leg of Lamb (on the bone).  Tried pudding using lamb drippings for the first time and boy was it ever good.  I was worried it would taste too gamey and strong but it wasn't.  At least half of us preferred it over the beef pudding.

BTW, I used white spelt flour and almond milk.   ;) Everyone thought it was great.
Posted by: PrincessMia, Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 1:29am; Reply: 10
I did not stress myself about food while visiting away from home or going to parties. I am very proud to say that my husband and I resisted drinking alcohol for the second Christmas. My sons are very supportive. Of course the same sister in law tried to pressure me. It was hard but we did it. :) It was interesting to watch the behavior of the ones who indulged. They would laugh hard at the stupidest things. hehehe
Posted by: O in Virginia, Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 2:02pm; Reply: 11
Quoted from san j
OK, Lady. Gimme the details on the Rabbit, and nobody gets hurt.


Oh, I just saw your post, San J!  I would have responded sooner otherwise.  Ok, well...the rabbit was boneless served in two sort of loafish portions, wrapped in hickory smoked bacon (avoid, well there were a few avoids in this dish, cabbage, too), and it must have been slow roasted - or maybe even braised, not sure - because the meat was fork tender and melt in the mouth, but not wet like stew.  The outside was browned and crisp.  It was Saturday's plat du jour.  (sigh!  Just a memory now).  You can read about it here.  Enjoy!  http://www.cancanbrasserie.com/documents/dinner.pdf  I had a glass of Burgundy with that, but that was only so-so, not memorable, and I don't recall which one it was.
Posted by: Wholefoodie, Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 3:01pm; Reply: 12
Good job resisting Princess Mia!

I ate a traditional Christmas Eve dinner with family with plenty of avoids but I allow myself that a few times a year.

Christmas Day I made a lamb shank stew and stayed compliant.

Relearning what I already knew--spelt cookies are very dangerous! Can't eat just one, or two, or three!

Lisa
Posted by: cajun, Thursday, December 29, 2011, 5:13am; Reply: 13
Everyone's meals sound yummy! :)
OinV...I had my first Kir Royale in France in 2003....ooh la la!!!!!
Princess Mia.....congrats to you! ;)
Jayneeo....I also made my Granmere's dauphine potatoes  :D divine gruyere and cream!
Christmas Eve: soup supper and homemade chicken tamales
Christmas day dinner:
boursin cheese with "Marys gone crackers"/ artichoke hearts and peppers aperitif      
We roasted a lovely prime rib for the O's and a turkey for the A's.
Roasted garlic/olive oil/parmesan broccoli
dauphine potatoes
fresh baby greens salad with several colorful raw veggies
French baguettes (wanted brioche but didn't want to make them)
Cajun bread pudding with bourbon sauce (my Mom makes it)
French chocolate pie ( Mom, again)
California Cabernet with dinner then Kona coffee with desert
(I know we eat alot of cheese but..you know..not everyday..and we're French);)
Posted by: san j, Monday, January 9, 2012, 11:04pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from O in Virginia


Oh, I just saw your post, San J!  I would have responded sooner otherwise.  Ok, well...the rabbit was boneless served in two sort of loafish portions, wrapped in hickory smoked bacon (avoid, well there were a few avoids in this dish, cabbage, too), and it must have been slow roasted - or maybe even braised, not sure - because the meat was fork tender and melt in the mouth, but not wet like stew.  The outside was browned and crisp.  It was Saturday's plat du jour.  (sigh!  Just a memory now).  You can read about it here.  Enjoy!  http://www.cancanbrasserie.com/documents/dinner.pdf  I had a glass of Burgundy with that, but that was only so-so, not memorable, and I don't recall which one it was.


OMG. Ever feel your salivary glands shift gears? B-heaven. I'll know better about asking you for descriptions in future... ;). Ever consider food writing?  :D

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