I hope everyone has had a good holiday. We sure did! And thanks for everyone’s feedback on my poll about traditional Christmas meals. Turkey was the overwhelming favourite, probably due to the high Canadian readership. My husband posed the same question on his blog, which has a fairly high American readership, and the most popular answer there was ham. So there is a difference over the border!
One reader put it this way: “In the USA a lot of people avoid turkey [for Christmas] because everyone just had it for Thanksgiving, but of course that’s less of an issue north of the border where Thanksgiving is celebrated several weeks earlier.” Good point!
Anyway, after some discussions and logistical figuring, we finally settled on a dinner for this evening.
A gorgeous prime rib roast of Manitoba beef. We picked it up from The Carver’s Knife on Wednesday, and they “cradled” the roast for us. That means they sliced off the ribs and retied them turned around the other way, so that they cradled the roast. I used the spice rub from this post in Livejournal’s Food Porn community, and bastardized Alton Brown’s roasting method (sans pottery). The roast was juicy, succulent, melt-in-your-mouth tender, tasty, and perfectly cooked. This is a Do Again!
With the dripping from the roast I made “proper” Yorkshire pudding. I’m well practiced with making popovers, and this is the same idea: a thin batter, leavened with steam. This came out great.
We had a bit of a backlog of potatoes from our Fresh Box, so I used this recipe for Roasted Potato Medley: Yukon Gold, red and sweet potatoes, all local.
Broccoli from our Fresh Box in a lovely cheddar cheese sauce. I wasn’t sure how much sauce the recipe I had would make; now I know it’ll be about two cups worth! We had lots of sauce left. ;)
…And we finished it off with pumpkin pie, made with roasted, frozen pumpkin that we had bought at the last farmers’ market of the year. I’m stuffed!
Happy holidays to all my readers!