Friday, December 21, 2012

Solstice Menu

We are going to celebrate on Tuesday because my significant other is off work that day.  He works through Monday.  A friend from work is planning to join us, unless he finds something better to do ;) .

The Menu:

Pork tenderloin with gravy
roasted potatoes (with duck fat)
cauliflower gratin
cranberry relish
winter greens saute with pine nuts
glazed carrots

The gingerbread recipe is from Nigella Lawson, and it will be made in a Yule log-shaped pan that I purchased for the occasion.

I plan to make the cauliflower gratin with smoked Gruyere and smoked Gouda.

The winter greens are: Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, and Kale.  I will finely shred them and cook them with some bacon and Balsamic vinegar and garnish with pine nuts.

The carrots will get glazed with a mixture of butter, honey, and Ras-el-Hanout.

The bread I am making is the Harvest Home Rolls recipe.

If there is enough duck fat left over (and I will try so very hard to save some), I want to make popcorn with it. With more Marmite.


Edit 12/24/12:  I made the cranberry-orange relish tonight, as it gets better the longer it sits.   I cannot wait to start cooking!  I will make the bread and gingerbread tomorrow.

Happy Solstisce/Merry Christmas!

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