Christmas, where did you go?
It seems like I wasn’t the only with a Christmas not like Christmas this year. Friends spent the holiday alone, some hosted family Christmas at their places for the first time, while others celebrated with future in-laws. Even news sources reported on the major changes in Christmas shopping this year. For me, the feeling of an impending untraditional Christmas was not limited to just the day of Christmas, the feeling set in motion around Thanksgiving.
My family decided Thanksgiving day that this Christmas would be different. Swearing off L-tryptophan laden turkey, my family tackled food as our big change for this year. We folded paper with cuisine suggestions inside and let the youngest family member handpick our Christmas fate. The result….Mediterranean. Sound good?
The initial reaction was not one of welcome, it was actually quite the opposite. After a small spat and almost scrapping the entire idea, my family agreed to the rules; we were doing Mediterranean. Then the search began. Pinterest, Chef Emerald’s, and online cookbooks. The week before Christmas everyone was sharing their recipe ideas. Christmas Eve we scurried out to stores dodging, picking and hunting for those essential greek ingredients. After three stores we made our way back home and the preparation began.
Chicken & Lamb Kabobs
Greek Baked Spicy Shrimp
Salmon & Lentils
We went further East with some Asian cuisine:
Shrimp & Chicken Fried Rice
Recipes available upon request!
The meal wouldn’t have been complete without homemade hummus! It was so delicious, I had to share the recipe.
First, you’ll need a food processor!
2 cans of garbanzo beans/chick peas
2 cloves of garlic
2-3 teaspoons of Tahini sauce
1 teaspoon of olive oil
Salt to taste
Blend it all together in a food processor until it is a thick paste-like texture. Salt to taste and serve with pita bread/chips, carrots, and/or celery. Enjoy!!