Happy Boxing Day, gang. Sorry, no uni-related content today. I’m still basking in that post-Christmas glow, and I bet many of you are as well. So please bear with me as I tell how my day went yesterday — a day that mostly involved cooking, eating, drinking, good friends, and good cheer.
I had eight friends over for dinner. But the real guests of honor were these two pork rib roasts (you can click to enlarge all of these photos):
I cut open the roasts to “unroll” them, spread each one with a stuffing (one was raisin, sour cherry, and walnut; the other was apple, cranberry, and walnut), and then rolled them back up and tied them. They turned out really well:
We also had excellent hors d’oeuvres to get things started. Here we have bacon-wrapped dates (made by me) and prosciutto-wrapped sea scallops (by Kirsten):
And here are some potato latkes and homemade applesauce made by my upstairs neighbors Sam and Emily:
There were tons of good side dishes — sweet potatoes, spicy Brussels sprouts, scalloped potatoes, and more — but I was having too much fun to document any of that. I did, however, photograph the wonderful raspberry/blackberry pie my friend Liz made:
We had one other dessert: a tarte Tatin, which I had made the night before. Here are some shots showing its progression (well, some of its progression — this sequence omits a lot of steps; sorry about the shitty lighting):
And here are a few other shots the help capture a bit of the flavor of the day:
Okay, that’s it for today, ’cause I have a serious mountain of dirty dishes to clean. Tomorrow we’ll get back to standard uni-related content, promise. Thanks for your patience and indulgence.