Christmas Eve 2010

Usually, we have Raclette on the 24th but this year I thought we should go lighter, in anticipation of what would come on the 25th.

Reading David Tanis’s A Platter of Figs and other recipes has really helped me de-clutter my dinner menus. And strive for simple and elegant as opposed to more and difficult.

Armed with my new-found simplicity mantra, I ordered a side of salmon from Macgilvray for £44 including DHL shipping!  This salmon had won a Gold Great Taste Award. It lived up to the hype. It was smoky, firm and not overly salty. Rogacki is a good source for salmon in Berlin but it is very expensive (€100 / kg).  I don’t even want to think what it costs at Ka De We!  

To go along with the salmon, I served:

  • White bean salad with fennel and orange
  • Red cabbage with pear and Parmesan
  • A simple green salad
  • Avocado mousse and creme fraiche
  • Walnut rye bread from Soluna Brot und Öl
  • Red wine tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream

It all went down a storm.

Of course for the 25th, I am throwing away my “in moderation” hat for one of excess.  Yeeeeee Haaaaa!

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