Christmas in Novato, Part One
The holiday season this year was about staying close to home. It was enjoying the company of family and friends; it was going to bed early and sleeping in late; it was sipping cups of tea while watching the birds outside peck away at the seeds in the feeder. It was playing fast and furious games of Dutch Blitz; it was lighting candles and playing Johnny Cash on the iPod; it was watching Johnny Depp on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and shouting, all together: "Mumbler!"
It was being thrilled and grateful that, for the first time in three years, I was preparing Christmas dinner in my own kitchen instead of greeting guests at the door of a restaurant.
Here it is: an assortment of pictures and a menu.
Breakfast, Christmas Morning
• Pomegranate mimosas
• Marco Polo tea from Mariage Freres
• Poached eggs served over buttered English muffins w/ dill Hollandaise
• Smoked Salmon w/ freshly cracked pepper, caper berries and creme fraiche
• Shallot consommé with sage, thyme and chantrelle mushrooms
• Salad of shaved fennel, Fuji apple and red radishes with Dijon vinaigrette
• Sautéed foie gras with a fig-balsamic chutney
Late Afternoon Nibbles
• Roasted chestnuts, served hot
An Assortment of Cheeses:
• Point Reyes Blue
American Cow's Milk Blue Cheese, Full Flavored And Creamy
• Le Grand Rustique
Camembert Style French Cow's Milk Cheese, Semi-Soft Smooth And Creamy
• Pecorino Stagionato
Italian Sheep's Milk Cheese, Semi-Firm, Nutty and slightly herbaceous
• Dutch Gouda
Nut-like flavors with an open body and is semi-soft to hard in texture
• Fresh grapes, red and black
• Cuvee of marinated olives
It was also battling an ant infestation. To keep it real.