Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had some fun with friends and family over the holidays. Maybe scored some awesome deals on Boxing Day? My Christmas was good, although not quite as planned. I had wanted to more of this:
…relaxing in my new pj’s, enjoying the break from work. Instead, this is how things ended up:
…pain meds, band aids, and comfort foods (kombucha is comfort food for everyone, right?).
Christmas Eve morning I woke up with some pain in my neck/shoulder/arm, but didn’t think much of it. It proceeded to get worse and worse. And then I had a mishap with some very hot melted sugar and my finger – hence the need for band aids. I spent much of Christmas Day laying down, because my entire left arm was in pain, 3 of my fingers were going numb, and I had a huge blister from the burn (I will spare you pictures). Things have yet to get better – I’ve been to the doctor twice, gotten prescription pain meds, had xrays, and am waiting on confirmation of what has caused a pinched nerve in my neck. The bright side? And unexpected holiday from work…but I would rather be pain free and earning some $$ before going back to internship (which should prove to be interesting if I still have minimal use of my left arm).
But enough about my pain and suffering. I wanted to share the fun foodie gifts I found under the tree this year. Not in some sort of bragging “check out what I got” kinda way, but in a “I’m excited to make things to share on the blog with this stuff” kinda way.
I think the one I’m most excited to try out is my new Wolfgang Puck Cast Iron Dutch Oven.
So shiny. So new. So heavy!
Obviously I plan to rock out some delicious soups and stews in this bad boy, and I plan on trying some homemade baked beans for sure. But I also want to try making bread – perhaps one of the recipes here or here?
Speaking of bread…now I can cut it with my new Wüsthof serrated knife. When I moved from Victoria back to my parent’s house for school, I threw out all my knives because they were, well, complete crap. I have only just started replacing them with good quality ones – I bought a lovely Wüsthof chef’s knife which I have been using for everything. Sadly, it fails at slicing things like bread. But thanks to my awesome (and handsome ) boyfriend, I now can slice bread like a boss.
I also received a new box grater, as my old one was rusty. It comes with this little container that fits in the bottom and measures 1 cup. Could be handy. And I got some pretty lime green ramekins. Crème brulèe anyone?
Of course there were some food & drink items – a bottle of Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon wine, gingerbread, and milk chocolate candy cane bark from my landlords, and Lindor white chocolate in my stocking.
And instead of cookbooks (because I probably have enough of those?), I got some foodie novels. I had mentioned to the boyfriend I wouldn’t mind one of Anthony Bourdain’s books, as I had never read them. When he went searching at the bookstore, he found out that Bourdain had also authored a graphic novel called Get Jiro. Who knew? It was so random and weird and awesome, he had to buy it. I must say, the synopsis on the back cover is intriguing:
In a not-too-distant future of food obsessed LA where master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurant, Jiro, a renegade and ruthless sushi chef arrives in town with strong ideas of his own. It’s a bloody culinary war of epic proportions, and in the end, no chef may be left alive!
Not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited to read it. Perhaps while enjoying a nice sushi dinner.
That my friends, was my foodie Christmas. Had I not spent most of Christmas incapacitated, I may have taken photos to share the roasted brussel sprout dish I made that my family all raved over. But I must sign off, as typing even this post is rather trying on my poor arm. If anyone has any tips on how to heal a pinched nerve in like, a week, let me know. Seriously. Or at least share with me some of the foodie highlights from your Christmas