It’s the day after Christmas 2011 and for me; it begins at dawn with a honeyed kiss goodbye from my Lover. He has a pit bull named Suga that misses him from his overnight stay away from home. I don’t blame her as I reflect on the glorious day before. He was the sweet cherry on top. The Sunday (sundae) was built with more blessings and goodness than I could ever hope for or imagine. The Feast of the Seven Fishes started with lox made with smoked salmon re-gifted to me from a colleague’s Harry & David gift basket, grapefruit brulee and mimosas made with freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice garnished with a strawberry. This pleasantly prepared me for hours of conversation with my children, mother and new-age family via Skype and best-good girlfriends on the cell phone. Before I knew it, I drank the entire bottle of bubbly. Feeling quite cheery, I advanced to preparing the rest of the two-person and two-beast feast, starting with bowls of tuna for my kittens, Simba and Nala (the beasts) then to the menu of lovers – crab cakes, miso glazed salmon, fennel apple slaw and seafood hors d’oeuvres; shrimp with cocktail sauce and a sardine, olive and cheese platter. As I prepared this feast, I blared Messianic Jewish music, I played “The Lord Bless Thee” at least 3 times and classic soulful Christmas music, wonderful “Winter Night” candle burned, releasing the very essence of winter, scents of fir tree, warm cypress, clove bud and cedar, all while the flames danced to the rhythm the music. I greeted my dinner guest with a glass of Moscato, we cheered to the birth of the new born son, the new sun and all of the blessings in our lives and enjoyed. Over stuffed and full of holiday cheer, we made our way to a Christmas night movie, a great antidote for the digestive system. Upon our return, we did what lovers do, talked about our aspirations and future plans over more holiday cheer, and as the night grew later and we gazed at each other in wonder, verses from “Merry Christmas Baby” by Charles Brown played in our subconscious. Underneath the mistletoe, baby. ..
There is something extraordinary about the day after meal for the cook. All of a sudden, I can taste all of the flavors that I couldn’t yesterday. It could be that my taste buds were de-sensitized by the abundance of flavors presented all of that once, I’m a taste as I go cook, this way I know that what I’ve seasoned and combined is on point. But by the time we sit down to eat, my taste buds are on overload. But today, with a fresh palette, I am taking it all in. The miso glazed salmon is blowing my mind. The sweet and salty, along with the natural flavor of salmon is a beautiful combination. The crab cake is doing it to me, the extra fresh garlic added a delightful flavor that marries well with the lemon juice and lemon zest. The apple fennel slaw combined with bites of the red pepper cracked wheat is simply delicious. We didn’t get to the cheese cake bites yesterday after the movie (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo), nor have I gotten to them today, but I’m thinking this might be a reason for a mid-week dessert date with my lover. I have a fabulous bottle of Black Forest, Chocolate Cherry wine (from Kandiland) that will pair nicely with the chocolate cheese cake bites. Not to mention the opportunity to slip a micky. Kandiland’s gift is still effect. She gave to me an aphrodisiac tonic purchased from a health food store in Seattle. I’ll have to report back on this “Dessert Date”.
I had a delicious cup of Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee from my good-girlfriend Kandi, who completely spoiled me this Season, as is normal of any gift from “Kandiland” with a slice of cherry pie topped with extra-creamy whipped cream as I savor this delicious holiday.
Eat, drink and be merry!
Lovely – Thank you for the fun, sassy snake print peek-a-boo heels and dazzling necklace!
Michele my Belle – Thank you for the sexy Sevens and glamour piece, this only adds to the L’Amour appeal, only for the sexy, you dig!
Kandiland – Thank you for doing what you do so well! You have all of the power in love. My gift box is a reflection thereof – homemade cookies, Emerald City cookies, Chocolate Cherry Wine, Aphrodisiac Tonic, Starbucks coffee, awesome pictures and video coverage of the boys playing football, Christmas music and even a Bartell’s ad to lure me back home, you something else, I love you!
Lover – Thank you, for being you, what you give is the essence of the City of Brotherly Love, an angel disguised as my personal tour and city survival guide.
The Law Firm – Thank you for flow of Holiday Cheer. We trimmed the tree, decked the hall, exchanged treat, a holiday breakfast, a cocktail party, shared gift baskets and received a spot bonus. Life is good.
Erin, My Cubie – Thank you for the delicious French wine, Charte D’Assemblage, as I sip it now, gratitude flows through my relaxed finger tips. The Christmas Ornament from the Christmas Village at Love park is also a beloved treasure, it’s a keepsake for my Christmas tree trimming.
Alex, Attorney at Law – Thank you for the tickets to the Eagles game. Awesome seats! They won, handed the Jets ass to them! Everyone in the stadium won a free pizza from Papa Johns! And I sat in front of the most spirited and sweet child, that filled me with his genuine joy, despite the guy in front of me who rocked the “Asshole” jersey…LOL. It was a luck day =)
Stuart, Attorney at Law – Thank you for the gift card that afforded my Feast of the Seven Fishes!