I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Neil and I spent Christmas Eve with my mom and brother this year. We had a great time cooking, baking and drinking wine. Here is what was on the menu this year:
Strawberry – Goat Cheese Salad, which includes salad greens, fresh strawberries, goat cheese and glazed walnuts. I tried to glaze my walnuts with sugar and water in the microwave and ended up breaking the dish because it got too hot. So then I decided to do it in the oven. I first roasted the walnuts for a few minutes in the oven, then I mixed 3/4 cups of sugar with 1/4 cup of water and mixed in the walnuts. Then pour out the mixture on a baking sheet and stick under the broiler till they start getting a little brown. They burn really quick so keep an eye on them. I used a simple balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing with fresh ground pepper.
The main dish was a beef and vegi stew. Unfortunately I don’t have the recipe or a final picture of the stew but here is a pictures of all the veggies we put in the stew. It turned out pretty well but we decided to leave out the parsnips next time and add green peas.
For dessert Neil made a chocolate cream pie. This recipe came from the Joy of Cooking.