It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold; 'Peace on the earth, good will to men, From Heaven’s all gracious King.' The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing. ~ A Christmas Carol.
It's been almost like a tradition at XiMnet to gather at my place for a Christmas dinner every year. It's that time of the year and that feeling is in the air.
Now, what turns me on this time of the year is the 'culinary explorations' I get to indulge in. I love cooking. I find cooking therapeutic, cathartic even. It's one art-form you get instantaneous response from your 'audience'. Mostly good. You see, nobody can sneer with a belly of good food, yes? I do look forward to the days I could cook more. :-)
This time round, I am thinking of doing Italian and Japanese (imagine great pastas and all kinds of sauces with sushi, tempura and sashimi). I guess I'll throw in BBQ for fun. Put all the gang together with great food, good wine and Michael Buble or Nat King Cole over the stereo and I think we will have a memorable party to end our wonderful year.
And I hope it rains. (Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain...)
OK guys, whoever got my name for gift-sharing, don't buy me a tie-pin again, please? I don't wear a tie to work, right?
P.S. Nong Yuen, you are invited if you bring 2 bottles of chardonnay. '-)
Proposed Menu for Christmas Bash
Cream Mushroom & Clam Chowder (Home-made with fresh ingredients)
Grilled Salmon & Seafood BBQ
Chardonnays/Cabernet Sauvignon/Ice Wine (courtesy of Nong Yuen, ya?)
Mixed tropical fruits
Yep, no turkeys for me. Turkeys are overrated. I would be happy doing herb-flavored roast-duck but let's save that for Chinese New Year.