We have friends with whom we have come to a tradition of sharing Christmas. This year they were in Detroit on Christmas, so we postponed our celebration to New Year's Day. I had the best of intentions to try out my new Droid to take pictures and post to this site, but I just plain forgot to take pictures. Some meals are hectic that way. Seems like everything is done at the last possible moment and it is just too chaotic to remember to take pictures.
We did have a lovely meal though. I have no idea why a bunch of carnivores expect a vegetarian to prepare their meat, but I did an admirable Baron of Beef Roast and I really wish I had a picture to remember how gorgeous it was (for meat). I baked it with potatoes and carrots which took far longer to cook than I anticipated. They looked spectacular, but I understand they were a bit more chewy than is optimal. For myself, I decided I need all the luck I can get in 2010, so I did a bit of a mirapoix to which I added the black-eyed peas and some vegetable broth. I added just a touch of wine after everything was nicely done and stirred in a bit of Boursin to make the sauce. This was served over rice. Wouldn't you know that the people who poo-poo'd the idea of black-eyed peas, saying they are tasteless and not suitable for polite company begged to taste my concoction. The black-eyed peas on rice were a big hit. Our friends made individual frozen fruit salads that would have been lovely desserts -- lots of coconut, marshmallow and whipped cream.
But we had dessert planned and it was not to be missed! Years ago, when we bought our first microwave -- an Amanda RadarRange, microwaves were so new and unique that they offered six classes on how to use a microwave. One of the recipes we were taught was one for microwave Apple Pie and my husband took it on as his specialty. He hadn't made one in 10 or 15 years, but he dusted off the old recipe for our Christmas dinner and repeated it this evening for our Christmas/New Year celebration. I'll take a picture of the half that is left with my Droid and post it here in the morning!
Here's wishing all my readers, friends and families a very blessed and happy New Year!