hi everybody--hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I was really occupied right beforehand getting a lot of new pottery done--Phyllis had a little event for me in the kitchen store on the Saturday before the holiday, and I was glazing and running my kiln like a crazy person all week. the event was very nice--sold 10 pieces in 2 hours--mostly to my friends. but it was great to see everyone, and for the most part my hard work paid off. at the end of the event, Phyllis bought everything I brought with me outright, which was super generous of her. it's now all on display at the store.
then we set about preparing a low carb Christmas brunch for Monday. I got the menu hammered out and invited sherri to come over, since she doesn't really do anything on Christmas day. headed to the basement and brought up my beautiful cardinal serving dishes that I have acquired over the years. Phyllis always has a cardinal pattern, and my collection spans the styles she has carried over time. I even found a set of four dessert plates and a candy bowl on goodwill forays, so I have a nice collection. got out some of my pretty Christmas linens too, so we had a pretty serving table. as it was, Sherri called on Christmas morning to say she was ill--there is an awful cold/sinus infection thing going around here, and it nailed her. so I told her to stay home--tomorrow I am making her a care package to drop off where she works.
so the menu went like this:
started with tomato juice served in the beautiful juice set sent to me by Karen (live daily). I adore that set and it looked beautiful sparkling with the rich red juice! rob got such a kick out of the little glasses I think he drank extra just to keep using them!
mini quiches with bacon and scallions--this recipe uses a bit of flour and I just substituted almond flour and it worked just fine. they might not have raised quite like they normally do, but taste and texture were still very good.
bacon and sausage for rob
meatballs for rob--the kitchen store carries a DELICIOUS bottled marinara that has an okay carb count(stonewall kitchen) that rob adores, so we added some meatballs at the last minute.
spinach artichoke dip with chips made from low carb tortillas crisped in the air fryer
fruit salad made from strawberries, blueberries, apples and a small amount of orange sections. this was our only dish that we had to be conscious of eating--rob's normal thing would have been to empty the bowl singlehanded. I made a smaller amount overall, and we still have some left.
strawberry mousse made with freeze dried strawberries and served in the tiny canning jars--this was quite pretty and ever so yummy, super simple to make. the serving was small, but quite enough--and it occurred to me that adding mascarpone cheese to this would make it even nicer.
tiny orange cream truffles coated with chocolate ganache
veggies and dip
and the crowning achievement--the wonderful sour cream coffee cake I make only once a year. I used swerve in place of sugar (did this for everything) almond flour and lily brand chocolate chips--these are quite wonderful. they contain erythritol and are a high cacao chip with a wonderful flavor. I added just a few ghiradelli chips that were 70 or 80 percent cacao just to be sure the mixture would melt correctly. for future reference I don't think it's necessary. added a little extra baking powder and baked it in a springform pan. it didn't get as fluffy as the normal recipe--but even denser it was fine. the flavor was identical. a SUPER good result.
the last thing was a version of hash browns made with broccoli slaw. sounds quite weird but was it ever tasty--you just sear onions and red pepper and the slaw in a hot pan with melted butter (i'm sure bacon fat would work) with salt, pepper and onion powder. you have to cook it over a hot pan (used my lodge cast iron pan) to caramelize it all a little bit. I had a small taste--broccoli and I aren't friends anymore--but rob prounounced it superior to any hash browns he has ever eaten, and ate a good healthy portion. I must say the little bit I had was very good.
I didn't do a carb count on the meal overall--but while it was probably a bit high for the total, everything was made with carbohydrate content under control. basically it was the only meal we ate that day--I think we both warmed up a couple left over quiche muffins about 7:30 that night, but that was all. so it was really a successful take on a holiday meal done low carb.
in other news--yesterday was a huge and very happy day at our house. here's a picture of why. when we went to the quick mart to get her a little "cake" for a treat, Patrick was working at the register and before we could pay, he entered his employee discount and swiped his credit card for the purchase. so the birthday cake was his gift to her. a very special day indeed. she is now one of a select group of long lived clumbers--and to her credit, she still gets around remarkably well!