Christmas Dinner 2013
I like Italian-themed Christmas dinners when it comes to the food portion of the evening. With American Christmas dinners, it feels too similar to Thanksgiving. Plus, I love me some pasta. When I was a teenager, I would go to my ex-boyfriend’s aunt and granny’s home to eat and eat and eat. On Christmas Eve we would do all seafood and pasta to channel the Feast of the Seven Fishes and start making stufoli. Once midnight would hit, all the charcuterie came out and we would snack while the smaller kids opened their gifts. Then on Christmas day we had an extreme version of Sunday dinner with more pasta, sausages, meatballs, potatoes and more.
Because I couldn’t remember the last time I had an Italian Christmas, Patrick was kind enough to let me have one for our first Christmas together as a married couple. On Christmas eve we went to my aunt and uncle’s home for dinner. Then on Christmas day, we got to cracking on cooking. We cooked all the main courses ourselves and ordered all the desserts. Everything was perfect. Keep in mind that all this food was just for the two of us. I know it’s a lot, but it lasted us for a very long time.
Patrick made the most amazing hot and sweet sausage lasagna. It took two hours to prep and I ate it for a week, never getting tired of it.
Not Italian at all, but I had never had a Buche de Noel before, so I ordered one from the French bakery, La Tropezienne. It was absolutely delicious with its soaked sponge cake and fudgy frosting. I could eat this everyday.
From Rocco’s, I ordered Strufoli (fried dough rolled in honey)…