I love a nice, quiet Christmas. I think I’m pretty lucky to be born in a family where we don’t really care for gifts. I don’t have to fight the crowds at the mall trying to find gifts for each family member. I also don’t have to travel during the holidays. Well, the fact that my family is from a different culture helps a bit.
We had dinner with Mike and Gina. Gina cooked prime rib. I think the last time I had prime rib was more than 11 years ago. I made roasted vegetables with pearl onions, carrots, parsnips, and rutabagas. I found that sage is too strong for roasted veggies; so, I only used thyme and rosemary this time. It turned out so good. But I was more happy with the Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions that I made. I may sound like a dork, but I have never made more beautiful caramelized onions! The key is not to stir (well, I stirred it once). It was such a fluke. I was busy washing and chopping the Brussels sprouts. And for dessert, we had cranberry chocolate tart (with crytalized ginger and creamy Mascapone cheese….mmm). It was the most easy dessert I have ever made.
After dinner, we watched Stardust, a very cute, funny fantasy movie. Even though, it was a very predictable movie, I really liked it. You know, a young man tries to win the heart of a woman he loves by venturing into a magical forbidden land to retrieve a fallen star, and he’s not the only one who’s seeking the star…blah, blah, blah. I remember that Devon went to see Stardust when it was in the theater and really liked it. So, I’ve always thought that it must be a science fiction movie …but, noooo…. it’s such a girlie movie. 😉