|My kitchen as it looks every day. Two always fit at the table in the corner.|
|The table moved out of the corner and two more chairs added, just comfortable enough for four.|
The meal was not held today, though. It was the Monday after Christmas, the 28th. While I hardly ever cook for just myself, I do enjoy cooking and baking when I have a reason to do so, i.e. when I know the food will be shared with and appreciated by others.
This certainly was the case on Monday, when the menue was as follows:
Salad of field lettuce, radicchio, tomatoes, spring onions
and bits of Wensleydale cheese with cranberries
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Venison steaks with Yorkshire puddings, carrots, brussel sprouts and a creamy sauce
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Star-shaped vanilla icecream on dark chocolate base
topped with cinnamon and cocoa powder (same as last year)
I did cheat on the sauce (that was a ready-made one) and the dessert (bought at Aldi's), but I made the Yorkshire puds and everything else myself. And it really was good, with exactly one portion (the plate you can see in the picture) left over. That made a nice lunch for me on Tuesday.
Last time I made Yorkshire puds, there were more left. Not because they weren't as good then - they were just as good as they look here, both times. But this time, I was a little more clever and did not offer roast spuds with them, as they are so filling without the additional carbs from the Yorkshire puds.
It was a nice few hours spent with my family, and my Dad was so sweet - he brought me this bunch of yellow freesia! Freesia always remind me of spring, since they were the flowers (only white ones, not yellow ones) I wore on my little black taffeta jacket for my Confirmation in 1982, when I was 14 years old.
Spring is still a long time off, we haven't even had snow yet, but it will be there eventually, I promise!