Mike and I spent the holiday week in California visiting his parents Tom and Leanne. What does a foodie family do on Christmas, you may ask?
First, we give each other lots and lots of cookbooks as gifts. I am in love with Jerusalem: A Cookbook, one of my favorite gifts from the Hearnes. It is written by a duo of Israeli chefs who co-own restaurants in the UK – one chef is Jewish, one is Muslim. It is full of beautiful photos and stories about delicious-looking middle-Eastern dishes. I read most of it cover to cover yesterday.
Then, we prepare the food. In this case that would be the royal “we” – Leanne made the Hearne’s traditional Christmas dinner, which consists of prime rib and Yorkshire pudding. Yorkshire pudding is essentially one big fluffy delicious popover that you don’t want to stop eating.
We also play with our gifts and toys. While Leanne made the food, Mike converted the Hearne Family Cookbook to a blog! It is a wonderful collection of all the Hearne family favorites collected and perfected over many years.
Then, of course, we eat the delicious meal. Sometimes Mike and Tom “snitch” and take a few bites of the roast early… this year was no exception. Our meal was accompanied by a delicious bottle of California wine – Hartwell Cabernet Sauvignon. I asked Leanne why they usually consume this feast between 1:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon – there are two reasons: nobody wants to wait until later, and the meal is so heavy that no one wants to eat it late in the day.
Until we eat again,
Two Happy Cooks