Merry Christmas 2018 !!!
For want of family on this sacred holiday, I gave myself some small solace in cooking exciting food from all around the world:
premium cooked ham — mystery but the tin claims to have been inspected in the USA
sweet potatoes in syrup — USA
dark morello cherries — Hungary
peaches with cinnamon — Greece
Terry's Chocolate Orange — Poland
Danish Butter Cookies — Denmark
Maple Leaf Cream Cookies, made with real maple syrup — Canada
The Dream: Spending my Christmas day baking cherry bread, and peach cobbler. Ah, the smell of fresh baked wheat and simmering fruit. My late, great friend Larry Reyka would have loved another slice of my peach cobbler. I wish I could have cooked for kith and kin today, most dearly for my nephews, of whom I have only seen these photographs.
The Reality: I can no longer eat a feast, so I had cherry bread one day, peach cobbler the next day, ham the following day, sweet potatoes on the day after that, and so on. The store-bought cookies were as awful as I remembered them to be, so I have another New Year's Resolution, to bake my own delicious cookies and freeze them—it is easy enough to do. And, this random stranger emailed me a dancing dinosaur GIF singing "I baked you a pie!" A virtual treat but it felt real enough. :-)
Caption: A random stranger emailed me a GIF dance & virtual pie on Christmas Day 2018
Caption: Good Wishes to the three unknown nephews of Annmarie Throckmorton
Tristan, Jason, and Michael
from the photograph albums of their grandparents Peter & Phyllis Throckmorton, circa 2014