Christmas is my favourite time of year!
Dec. 29, 2009 8:41 am
Updated: Dec. 29, 2009 8:58 pm
I think this year was my favourite Christmas ever. My whole extended family except for one cousin was in town, we followed all our usual traditions, and I got to spend some time with my boyfriend’s family as well. My Christmas Eve lasagna was a hit, and even better than the practice run, which I guess is the point of practicing. I did some baking for my co-workers and my more distant relatives (parents’ cousins, for example) which all turned out great and was well-received. I helped my mom and my aunt in the kitchen for turkey dinner and learned a lot about pulling such a big dinner off (I’ve never made a turkey by myself before but might try it in the New Year!).
I got a lot of kitchen stuff for Christmas which was great! So far I’ve used almost all of it :) One of my favourites was a recipe box from my boyfriend’s mom that had a bunch of her hand-written, signature recipes in it. She made sure to include lots that are quick, easy, and cheap to make. I made my first one last night...
Vermicelli Soup – break up vermicelli noodles until you have about a cup and a half and pan-fry them in hot vegetable oil until they are puffed up and lightly browned. Remove from the pan, add a little more oil, reduce the heat to medium, and stir in half a cup of finely chopped onion. Cook until soft then add half a cup of salsa and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in a can of tomato soup and 4 cups of any kind of broth, and add the noodles back in. Simmer over medium-low heat until all noodles are tender.
It was delicious and I will definitely make it again. I got to use one of my new mixing bowls (although I didn’t really need it – just enjoyed the excuse to use it), the pot clip I got from my sister, and the recipe card stand from my mom.
Oh, and we went grocery shopping this week – $6 over budget. We could have lived without those toaster waffles, the fresh pasta, and the 2 packages of fake crab I guess... oops.