Lionel and I spent a wonderful Christmas with his parents at our house. We ate far too much, exchanged gifts, spent time just relaxing rather than working on the house, Skyped with my family and just all around enjoyed the holidays as best we could despite the bad weather that arrived for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Following true French tradition, most of our Christmas celebration revolved around the food. On Christmas Eve we enjoyed an incredible meal of lobster, goose, stuffing, chestnuts, cepes and black forest bûche. Then on Christmas Day we whipped up another huge meal of foie gras, smoked duck, roast boar, chestnuts, green beans and a mango, passion fruit and vanilla ice cream bûche. And naturally we made it through quite a few different bottles of wine and champagne. It was all quite delicious (Rasteau especially enjoyed the feast) and now I feel Iike I need to stop eating for at least a month to make up for it!
our Christmas table
Rasteau checking out the lobster in anxious anticipation of the meal to come
Goose, stuffing, chestnuts, cepes and a delightful bottle of red...yum!
black forest bûche
foie gras and an incredible Jurançon
Roast boar, chestnuts and green beans with another delightful red
Rasteau was also quite spoiled for Christmas. Not only did he enjoy lobster, goose, foie gras (he's so French!), boar and some cream but he also received one hell of a gift:
Rasteau was one spoiled little kitty this year!
And as predicted, he hasn't been particularly interested in his new arbre à chat since we put it together and sat his butt down on it. Hopefully that will change but he generally does like to be difficult!
Hope everyone else had a great Christmas with family and friends!