Well, I suppose that today would be a good day to toss the pine boughs I still have on my dining room table. They’ve been there so damn long I’ve actually grown (almost) accustomed to them, ugh. I enjoy Christmas, but the whole decorating thing exhausts me. Especially taking it down, what a drag. Sigh. But my goal today will be to put Christmas 2005 to rest for about the one month it feels like before it’s time to haul it all out again. Fuck Christmas. Justing kidding, I don’t really feel that way, I’m just saying it because I know everyone has that same (blasphemous) thought at some point during the holidays (or way after the holidays, as today would be, ha), I’m just verbalizing it. For you.
We’re not big Super Bowl party people in this house, but I think I will make one snack-y sort of thing, as a nod to the day. Popcorn with curry butter. Sounds a bit odd, but it is very addictive and delicious, and has a pretty color. Oh darn! I forgot to buy some beer, I do love an excuse to drink beer. And here in Minnesota, liquor stores are closed on Sundays, even Super Bowl Sunday. So I’ll be beerless with my curry popcorn, maj oversight. A nice red will have to do! I know how to suffer…
I’m also planning another comfort-food dinner – beef short ribs, potatoes of some sort, and braised kale. I’ll pretty much be the only one eating the kale, which is a shame – it is both delicious and nutritious. Unless Stace comes for dinner, she’ll eat dark leafy greens with me. We have a nice amount of tomato gratin left from dinner last night which will be lovely with eggs for a lunch/brunch sort of thing. Woo hoo for yummy leftovers! To power me through the Christmas bough clean up. I’ll post recipes after I nail down the menu more specifically. And oh! Speaking of posting recipes, I now have a listing of recipe links at right, nothing fancy, links take you to the comments section they were originally posted in.
As usual, a project I’ve put off for weeks took oh, about 30 minutes to complete. The table is pine-bough free, finally, whew. Now I have to tackle the nutcracker collection, that’s still out too. That will take at least 10 minutes, how will I manage it? (In case you’re worried, the tree has been gone for more than a month…)
Here is a blast of a recipe, simple and delicious, I just made it for myself for brunch. Poached scrambled eggs, I pulled it out of the New York Times magazine a few weeks back. The eggs emerge incredibly tender and puffy, but cooked through (nothing makes me gag faster than runny scrambled eggs, blech; I know, alot of people love runny scrambled eggs, it’s just a thing with me). You finish them with a bit of olive oil or melted butter (yep, you guessed it, melted Hope Creamery butter, mmm…). Eat them in a bowl. If you’re lucky, you have a side of leftover tomato gratin, and a glass of bubbly, to accompany. Clean up is a snap. (Recipe is in comments, below, and now also listed at right.)
Well, no popcorn, didn’t get it done. Too busy going for another great walk (warmer today – I’m telling you, the sun actually throws off some heat, gives one a bit of hope that spring indeed will come…), taking another great bath, and heading right into cooking dinner. No Stacey tonight, darn, but I’m doin’ the whole deal anyhow. Short ribs braised with sage, onion, and garlic. I decided to do the potatoes as a sort-of gratin (no cheese or breadcrumbs, but same technique), sliced thin, tossed with butter and garlic, and baked with a bit of chicken stock as the liquid. Since I know I’ll have a lovely pan sauce from the braised short ribs, I didn’t want cream or cheese in the potatoes. And I have yet to braise the kale, for just myself, I think I’ll use a bit of bacon to add some smoke.
Mmmm…dinner turned out wonderfully. Fork-tender beef, lightly crisped before serving. Buttery golden potatoes, perfect with the garlicky pan sauce. And bacon-garlic braised kale, bright green, a little crisp, and a perfect complement to the rich beef and potatoes. Poured a Da Vinci 2004 Toscana Chianti, nice. (Recipes posted below and at right.)