While we cut way back on our numbers this Christmas, there was nothing diminished about the food. Take a look at the photos below.
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During the flu season, it’s hard to get the whole family together for an evening meal. This week we came within two of pulling it off. Robin treated us at her home to what she called “Surf and Turf”–our favorite crab cake recipe, plus venison from our farm.
The Sous Vide Difference
Robin has discovered that Sous Vide cooking and venison are made for each other. After bringing the meat to 132 degrees, she simply gave it a quick sear in a skillet. Then she topped off the dish with a dried, black trumpet sauce, using mushrooms that she and my granddaughters had found at the farm. My grandson said it was the best venison he’d ever had.
A Dash of Panache
The evening started with a yummy cheese board to occupy the hungry as Robin and JC put the finishing touches on dinner. She and her husband moved about the kitchen easily, chatting with onlookers, testing sauces for seasoning, tossing greens into colorful salads, and roasting vegetables. And they did it all with a dash of panache. I mention this because I’m a distraught and messy cook, who leaves devastation in my wake after a few hours in the kitchen.
The Cake and Ice Cream Finale
Because this was my birthday, we ended the meal with the traditional cake and ice cream. We later sat around the fireplace, where the evening turned to amusing card tricks that entertained the girls.
Such gatherings are wondrous enough to make me wish I had birthdays more than once a year. . . well, almost.
BTW, we sent crab cakes to the sick absentees to hasten their recovery.