Hello my dear friends! Nothing exciting to report over the holiday season but I thought I would share my meal with you just the same. As some of you know, I have recently started my own holiday traditions and while I chose a Mexican
theme for Thanksgiving, Asian was my theme of choice for Christmas. If I could go back and re-think that, I probably would have chosen something different but hindsight is neither here nor there. I’ll admit I struggled and none of the planning came easily.
I mean Asian dishes are typically one-dish meals no? What I mean by that is that you have your meat and veggies all cooked up and served over your starch (rice) and there you have it. But, I wanted it to be a little more special and different than that. After
all, I am supposed to making my own new memorable traditions here right? Repeating veggies seemed to be inevitable but DH could always use more veggies in his diet so veggie repeats it was. Another challenge in the Asian cooking is that you not only have to
have everything chopped, measured, ready to pour in advance but you also need like ten hands all at once because it all cooks within minutes and is done at the exact same time. No combining things and letting them marinate for 30 minutes or letting something
simmer/bake for hours on end or…well you get my drift.
Let me back things up a second and say that I recently went on a group lunch with my co-workers. With the economy struggling the way that it has been, my company no longer does Christmas parties but allots
each department with a certain amount per head to do as they choose to with it. We chose a group lunch (around 15 of us) to a chain steakhouse. I won’t go into the detail there other than to say that I ordered my steak medium well (even expected it to be on
the well done stage if I have to be honest) but after three tries I went back to work the second half of my shift hungry. The lunch menu was a meat and side of your choice and nothing more.
Keep in mind folks that I am NOT a picky eater except for hating sweets but bloody and beyond rare steak is one thing I just cannot eat. I simply cannot! My side of choice was shoestring fries and they were great except that they kept taking them off
every time they took my live cow off to re-cook. I sat there starving as others around me ate to their hearts content. I am a very quiet person and do not like attention drawn to me so I sat there and didn’t say a word. Bottom line is that after three tries
with no luck and everyone stuffed and ready to go back to work, I couldn’t help but wish that they had at lease served a dinner salad or something to fill that hunger.
So, this being fresh in my mind and never having tried my main dish, I decided that a “salad” was a must for this special occasion and a hearty soup couldn’t hurt either.
This is what I chose and I am happy to report that everything came together at just the right time, nothing was ruined, and we had a lovely Asian dinner for two right there in the privacy of our own home. I made some changes that
I will have to note in my individual reviews but until then, here is our Christmas dinner…
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Hunan-Chicken/Detail.aspx?prop31=4< UGLY dish by the way but tasty
I thought real hard about Saki but um NO. Our after dinner drink consisted of Riunite Lambrusco for me and Captain Morgan and Coke for him and was the perfect finish to a wonderful feast.
So what is all of this YEE-HAW about you ask? Well, October 1st was the first day of hunting season (archery) and this is one of DH’s sports. He was faithful…I have to give him that. He drove to all parts of Arkansas every
weekend and NOTHING and really didn’t see anything. Then the Midwest Round-up gathering came along but it was the first weekend of modern gun and I had to pass on the round-up because of it. To clarify, I didn’t “have” to but chose to because of the health
issues DH had been facing. The surgery was over and successful and modern gun meant a great deal to him and I knew this and just told myself “next time”. NOTHING…no Bambi’s still. Not until the day after Christmas that is. What can I say? I’m not a huge fan
of killing the fur babies and not a huge fan of eating them either (but I do) and although my heart got a little sad when I saw our truck pull up with one in the back end, it also rejoiced for him still being here with me and doing what he loves and providing
us with some mighty tasty tenderloins and such to last us through the winter.
I find it funny that I can gag to the point of vomiting if I find a hair in my food yet I can stand there holding a flashlight watching him gut an entire deer and not only be just fine but turn around and manhandle it myself while marinating it or shaping
it into patties, cooking, and eating it?? Can anybody give me a big ole redneck YEE-HAW? LOL!
Happy New Year to each and every one of you my dear friends! Thanks for stopping by!
Soup Loving Nicole