Happy New Year my friends !!
Gosh. January 3rd already.
Only 356 shopping days left ’til Christmas.
353 if you don’t wish to procrastinate.
We had a lovely, low-key holiday season. It was the first time in two decades we were not in the same house for Christmas, so it seemed sort of fitting that our decorations remained boxed away, at least this year, as the holidays took on a different face for us.
Both our boys were home and naturally, that’s the very best present of all. Older son cooked up a storm again, including many special dishes for his younger brother, who is now vegan. A vegan. Whatever you say. He’s not eating it.
His wonderful older brother even made all the stocks for the soup, stuffing and au jus, vegetarian and meat based.
It was cray cray.
I bet you can smell this.
Roasting cauliflower & red grapes in olive oil
His yorkshire puddings were contest worthy
Vegetarians look away…
As was the prime rib, which he allowed to sit in the fridge overnight uncovered to dry out (who knew?), slow roasted for several hours at a very low heat, removed from the oven while he raised the temperature to 450, then blasted it for 20 minutes.
Another big hit was the freshly whipped horseradish cream from Thomas Keller’s “Ad Hoc” cookbook, recipe below. The sherry vinegar is a great add.
Best horseradish ever. and not too hot.
making meringue mushrooms
A Buche de Noel, again from scratch (with mom helping decorate 🙂 )
Yes, I AM a proud mum (with apologies to those who’ve already seen a few of these pics on my Instagram)
And a word or two about the NEW YEAR…
I gather from the “zeitgeist” that using the term “Resolutions” when referring to the vast list of things you aspire to do, change, improve, accomplish etc. in the New Year is no longer en vogue. It’s now more acceptable to use “Intentions” instead. Which is just fine with me if that’s magically more effective than ‘resolutions’.
As always, I have the best of ‘Intentions’ for this year. I won’t bore you with my list (read; I haven’t compiled it yet!) but so many of my, um, intentions remain a constant I should just recycle the list. You’d think I’d get more imaginative. But STOP IT! One of my intentions is to cease & desist chastising myself about my epic fails.
In truth, I have a @#$%*^&* load of intentions I’d like to assign the entire planet. Here are just two:
Can we be DONE with the entire family whose name starts with a “K” ?? please???
Could we also stop with overusing the words “like”, “journey” and “reached out”?? Couldn’t we just say I “called” —– again? It’s actually easier.
OK, one more; May we please insist products, be they food, clothing, fricking electrical appliances, give at least some sort of proof or explanation before they’re allowed to bandy about the terms “locally sourced” “sustainable” , “environmentally friendly” et al.? I just don’t believe for a second that even 1/2 the products making these claims would hold up under scrutiny. We need Sustainability Squads. Just saying…
Maybe I’m just grumpy because I’ve bailed on a few Intentions already and we’re only 3 days into January.
This one intention here? This is a good one. And the ONE, if no other, I intend to keep up.
EXERCISE MORE. MORE EXERCISE.
Pure & simple. In whatever form it may be (hopefully not a treadmill, interpretive dance or Zoomba)
Everything is tight under the arms all of a sudden. WTF??
I’m talking about “Sleevage” ladies. The worst.
“THE YEARS WRINKLE OUR SKIN, BUT LACK OF ENTHUSIASM WRINKLES OUR SOUL’ Socrates
Once again, Happy New Year to all you lovely, wonderfully faithful Slim Paley readers! You’re THE BEST, really.
May 2016 bring you happiness, lots of fun and the good health to enjoy all your blessings.
Off to watch “Downton”!!
Box of “365 Gathered Thoughts” from “Upstairs at Pierre LaFond” Montecito, CA.
Image of exercising ladies via Google.