I don't know what you are busy with during the holiday season...
The whole family is home. I am busy cooking, baking or shopping all day.
For the past two days, my personal fashion and makeup consultant and I have gone out
For the days that we have stayed at home, the little one and I are busy watching
the Nodame Cantabile series again. Amazingly, she remembered
every act that was going to happen even she only watched it once. She even
remembered the lines that they were going to say.
In episode 2, Mine was playing the Beethoven sonata for Violin and
Piano(spring sonata) and Chiaki sempai was doing the piano accompaniment. We
both fell in love with the music. Next day, my daughter was already sight-reading the violin
and piano parts of this sonata. However, the violin part is much more difficult.
She tried the piano part and said that even the piano accompaniment is as pretty as the
violin part. I agreed. So for 2, 3 hours, I was entertained with all kinds of piano
music.Sometimes she played the Symphony No.7(op. 92) and then she jumped into
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue.
As for me, I was always busy preparing meals for the family.
One dinner, I served the lobster bisque and lobster pasta. The soup was delicious.
It surely made the difference because I spent about 3 hours cooking the lobster
stock first using lobster shells and vegetables. I also added some saffron and a little bit of
red chili flakes into the soup.
You can’t see the lobster pieces as they fell down to the bottom of the soup. It was
not so greasy and rich as the lobster bisque from restaurants. The trick is to add
some flour and stir-fry along with the vegetables so that you don’t have to add so
much whipped cream. The soup was great when we soaked it up with my home-made
On a different day the father and daughter loved the baked pasta. He was very
impressed with the new Staub gratin dish. Good job for finding it, he added.
These are new additions to my Staub collection. It is an 11-inch oval gratin dish
and a wooden oval trivet. They were the two new finds from Williams Sonoma.
The trivet is not just a wooden stand. It has magnets inside so that the cast iron
pan or dish is stuck firmly to the stand. They come in different shapes and sizes.
Today, I decided to use the new cast iron dish to roast potatoes because one
family member has been asking for this dish.
I used organic Yukon gold potatoes. I cut them into pieces and tossed them with
some olive oil, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and chopped garlic, and baked
at 400 degrees for about one hour until they were all browned and crispy.
You need to turn them a few times to ensure even browning on all sides.
The potatoes need to be tender inside and crispy outside. More browning was needed
after taking the photos half way. I spinkled some frozen home-grown parsley before
I like this new gratin dish. It is great to bake with and also use it on the tabletop.
It bakes nicely and also keeps warm through the whole meal. It surely was a great
find along with the wooden trivet!