Greetings, fellow bakers and lovers of good food and good company,
I have been remiss in my blogging duties. So now I have to catch you up on what we ate in November and December. Only of course I’ve lost all my notes so we’ll have to go by the photos and my vague memories.
The most important thing to know about the November meetup is that Wendy, our hostess extraordinaire, was stunning. Dress, heels, and gorgeous calves to match. Of course I forgot to take a photo, so you’ll just have to imagine how splendid she looked. It does make me think we should plan an “all dolled up” theme, because sometimes it’s nice to have an excuse to look a little bit extra fabulous.
November’s theme was inspired by Jean, who was eager for a reason to whip up a Chicken Mushroom Pithivier. So we all dove into our cookbooks and recipe bookmarks in search of the dishes we’d been meaning to make but just hadn’t gotten around to. Below are the results. We devoured the following delicious items: Pithivier (recipe included – note the Bacon), Work-of-art-vegetable tart, roasted beets, German red cabbage, Ginger snaps, Salted caramel apple pie bars, Oatmeal shortbread, Crunchy coleslaw, Chocolate covered cake filled with lady fingers and delight, and two dips (Harvarti & dill and red bean). Wendy also made a really lovely fruit punch that I forgot to photograph. It was a perfect mix of flavours. Afterward I got to hang out with Wendy and Manfred and talk about some of their memorable camping trips and also East Prussian history. It was a lovely evening.
And that’s what we ate in November. In December, joyful chaos reigned at our annual Cookie Swap, hosted by endlessly lovely Lisa. There were dogs. There were babies. It was quite bonkers and a lot of fun. I got to dance around by the Christmas tree with babies, and later I got to hold Margaux and she gave me all the kisses. My photos do not do any justice to the selection and sheer Yum that we enjoyed. Thank you to everyone who made cookies and ate cookies and to Lisa for hosting us and for the babies for being babies and the dogs for being puppers.
Save the date for January 30 at the resort! Oh yes, it’s going to be a good one.