Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Eve Menu

When planning memorable meals, I always give due thought to the wine and drinks we will be having.  We are not  big drinkers but Christmas Eve warrants special food and special drinks.  The idea is not the quantity, but the quality of the beverages that are a part of the festive experience.

Christmas Eve of course, is all about a long leisurely meal.  Here's what's on the menu:

Chinese Fondue:  broth instead of the traditional Fondue Bourguignonne oil
Tiny potatoes with olive oil and rosemary
Spinach salad
Garlic baguette
Crème caramel
Mom's recipes for fondue sauces:  à la Diable, Bourguignonne and Béarnaise

A good bottle of red, maybe a Côtes du Rhône... a Gigondas.  Gigondas come from a small region by the Rhône River.  The wines are full-bodied but smooth and easy to drink.

Blueberry Tea

I have rediscovered Blueberry Tea which was a standard when I was a young woman.  It's lovely to warm up with a brandy snifter of this delicious concoction, preferably to be enjoyed by a blazing fire on Christmas Eve with people you love.  Here is the recipe:

Blueberry Tea

1 oz Amaretto
1 oz Grand Marnier
Cinnamon Stick
Orange slice (optional)
Orange pekoe or Earl Grey tea

Mix Amaretto and Grand Marnier in a brandy snifter or glass in which you have place a cinnamon stick and slice of orange. Add hot tea to taste.

I'm going to suggest that we have a brisk walk after supper and before dessert and Blueberry Tea. My goal is to have 5 walks during the holidays.
                                                                                                                                                      Image and recipe from thethirstygourmet
Bonsoir, beaux rêves,

Stella

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