Being Bahá’ís, my wife and I do not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. (The Bahá’í gift-giving celebration period is in February.) But having grown up with the season, and given that Christmas is such a huge cultural event, it is an impossible occasion to ignore. And there is much to love about the holidays: the music, the food, the lights, the food, the general good will…and did I mention the food?
On Christmas day we usually hold a Christmas tea in the afternoon, followed by a discussion period, then some prayers and finally we end the evening with a traditional Christmas supper. Usually there are ten to fourteen attendees and a good time is, I promise you, had by all. The photos below were taken on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Frankly, I was so busy (I’m the chef de maison—my fancy title for ‘cook’) that there aren’t many, but I hope you enjoy the few I managed to grab all the same.
Before viewing the photographs, I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. As always, special thanks to my dearest spouse Lyn, who does most of the hard part: the photo selections. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.
In preparation for the Christmas tea and dinner, on Christmas Eve this year I made eggnog (real and homemade, using eggs and cream; non-alcoholic, of course), a vegetarian paté, chocolate chip cookies, shortbread dipped in chocolate, one big 12″ x 16″ (30cm by 40 cm) chocolate bar and the turkey stuffing. (The turkey itself with the rest of the trimmings was made on Christmas Day.) Note that the very first thing I do when cooking a lot—and especially cookies—is to prepare myself by wearing black clothes and no apron…that seems to be the best way to really get into the swing of things!
And finally, the payoff: setting up the tea just before people arrive.
The paté is made from mushrooms and walnuts. To be honest with you, I think it is better than any meat-based paté I ever managed to make in years past! By the way, I also designed and made that olive and savory plate. (One of my other passions used to be pottery…I wish I had the time to get back into more.)
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