A Very Foodie Christmas

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:

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…relaxing in my new pj’s, enjoying the break from work. Instead, this is how things ended up:

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…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. 

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I think the one I’m most excited to try out is my new Wolfgang Puck Cast Iron Dutch Oven.

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So shiny. So new. So heavy!

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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 :) 

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2 Comments on “A Very Foodie Christmas”

  1. December 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Yum! I love that wine 🙂 You got spoiled this xmas!

  2. December 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    I love all your foodie loot, but so happy about your Dutch oven!! Make sure to use parchment paper to transfer your dough to the pot because it will be very hot. Let me know how it turns out!!

    I just saw your comment about Tam Tam Noodles – I am going to look or those. We actually just went to a Mandarin restaurant for lunch today – their Saturday lunch specials were only $7.95 – included soup and white rice – I got something called XIAO-PING PORK, it was thin pieces of pork in a spicy sauce with noodles. The only thing missing were veggies, but I brought half home and will make steam some broccoli and zucchini and add it in – my nose was running because it was so spicy, but flavorful spicy so I couldn’t stop!

    Happy New Year Marianne!

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