End of Christmas

Oh poor, neglected blog!!!! I bet I have a hundred pictures or more on my camera, and a bunch more already on my computer, just waiting to be shared. I’ve been doing all kinds of cooking and eating, but…then I’m not sure what happens. Here is (probably, I think?) the end of my Christmas pictures. Seems like some are missing, though, so they might appear later.


Pitted dates stuffed with pecans, to hold us over while we waited for late dinner guests. There was a horrible snowstorm the night of the party, so it took everyone at least twice as long as usual to get to my house. Oh, and maybe the fact I texted everyone “ARAB TIME!!” had something to do with it. (Everyone knows when you say Arab Time, this means you are running late – but just how late, nobody knows.)

My beloved vintage Nativity scene, on the mantel above the dining room fireplace.

Candle holders I bought from World Market for the lunch Nadira and I hosted for the Byzantine Choir back in August.

I love using these dishes only for Christmas! On this plate, clockwise from the top: a spinach pie, potato cake, hummus, tomato salad, injera porridge, roasted cauliflower in tahini sauce, carrot spread, and squash in the center. And that wasn’t even everything!

The table was not quite finished here, but you get the idea. We took away the giant spoons since they weren’t needed…plus why would you ever need such huge spoons?? Unless you’re eating ice cream, of course.

Missing is a picture of my infamous SoCo Cake, a super chocolatey cake soaked in Southern Comfort. Maybe I’ll make one for the Super Bowl. I don’t really care about the Super Bowl, but I like having a Super Bowl Party – and by “party” I mean excuse to make lots of food. Or perhaps for Valentine’s Day. The booze tends to preserve the cake pretty well, for long lengths of time, so maybe it will do well shipped via UPS to the object of your affection. Hmmmm……..

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all! I hosted my 10th annual Christmas party last night, so I’ve had a very busy week and apologize for not being on the blog much. We’re having our family celebration a little late this year, this weekend, so I’m not sure when I’ll get a chance to update again – I did get a few pictures from the party, though, and I’ll post them as soon as I can.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!

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An Orthodox icon of the Nativity of Christ

Christmas #3, with chocolate mustard sauce for your pancakes!

I am late tonight, so this is just a quick one. I didn’t use up all the batter from my onion & chocolate chip pancakes in one meal, but I didn’t want to eat the same old thing twice in one week. So I wondered, “Hm, what else tastes good with onions? MUSTARD.” So if chocolate tastes good with onions and onions taste good with mustard, then mustard must taste good with chocolate…right???? Well, it’s true. It worked!

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I used a sweet Russian mustard, made sweeter with maple sugar, added cocoa powder to taste and thinned it down with water (just add a little at a time). It’s not gorgeous, true. And it was slightly bitter when I tasted it on its own, but…

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on the pancakes it was delicious. After a few bites, I realized I needed more than what I’d drizzled on top. I had some “extra” in the bowl that turned out not to be extra because I had to dip every bite in the sauce. It was that good. Now I’m kind of curious about trying it with plain yellow mustard (I love mustard almost as much as salt and tahini).

Anyway, carrying on the tradition which began way back 2 days ago, here are some more Christmasy pictures. I snapped a few of wreaths, garland and poinsettias in my church – and of course, the Christmas tree! Feel free to click to enlarge.

For more Christmas stuff:

My 2012 Christmas Tree!
Christmas in Downtown Marshall, MI