So this is 2011, fresh out of the shelf. And in accordance with tradition, this New Year is a good time for pondering and resolutions. Quite probably due to the change of year, that large friendly number which went on with us for twelve months on calendars, appointment notices, documents being signed, magazine covers, whatever. We’ve had time to get used to that big fellow, with a few humorous quiproquos at the beginning of January:
Checkuary – The thirteenth month of the year. Begins New Year’s Day and ends when a person stops absentmindedly writing the old year on his checks.
I think it was Douglas Adams who came up with the term. In any case, with checks having fallen out of grace this may well become an obsolete word.
Anyway. There we are, getting used to 2010 and hop! it switches to 2011, in a process full of symbolism due to cycles and renewal and fresh starts, so it is little surprise that some of us find it an opportune timing to ponder things past, and to make resolutions for things ahead. Continue reading
Now today is Christmas Eve, which as Bel pointed out is the bigger day here in Germany. So even though I was spending the day all alone with my cat I just had to make a huge meal. I love cooking. For one thing, you get to eat what you make in the end. And the whole process is thrilling: deciding what dishes you’ll make, in particular which ones might fit together in a nice meal; what to accompany them with, side-dish and wine; shopping for the ingredients (my least favourite part really); preparing the stuff, with the whole orchestra of spices and knives; arranging all nicely when serving (not very good at it); and eating.
Now, although there are some pretty fascinating cookbooks around, I must admit the most convenient is still teh interwebz. Because you can find any recipe involving anything you wish to eat, with pictures, variations (notably in difficulty), comments by people who tried the stuff, and all. Thus I had little trouble composing a festive yet easy meal for today.
So what was on offer in casa el tranquilo today? Continue reading