Today I have been recovering from the Christmas festivities we had. All the eating, drinking and late nights took a toll on my body so I am taking it very easy and going to bed early to get some restorative sleep.
Christmas eve is a big deal in Poland when we gather and have a big meat-free dinner consisting traditionally of 12 courses and a spare plate for a lost traveler. A friend of mine and I took the responsibility of introducing our British friends to some of the dishes. I was in charge of dumplings with cabbage and mushrooms (M is a master in making the dough) and borscht, my friend was in charge of a cabbage stew, potato salad and tomato and root veg fish stew which we call fish a la Greek but funnily no Greeks have ever heard of this dish. We rounded the evening up with M’s gran’s Christmas pudding which gets better and better every year.
We cycled merrily home at an ungodly morning hour when quite near our house I spotted a beautiful lush Christmas tree left behind by the traders so in a drunken craziness we decided to save the tree from a sad death. We don’t buy Christmas trees but at the time it seemed like such a great idea to take this one home. When we woke up the next morning there was a huge tree lying in our living room and we spent few hours to try and fashion a suitable stand to make it stand up. It is nearly standing straight but it doesn’t have any ornaments as we don’t own any, we also have been too hungover to try to create some, perhaps we can do so in the next few days.
Christmas day was all about gifts from our dear ones and lots of phone calls followed by a dinner with the same friends, this time they were cooking a vegetarian feast for us. The table was bent under a delicious spread of various roasted winter veg with gravy and bread sauce followed by yet another Christmas pud. This time the cycle home was uneventful.
Today I was barely able to stay awake and spent the day reading and watching TV (which btw is shockingly bad this year) but bravely, hubby and I made our own Christmas dinner with succulent roast chicken, potatoes, parsnips and brussel sprouts with chestnuts. No dessert was needed.
Now I am lying on my bed with a cup of peppermint tea admiring the gift I got from M, a beautiful ring from Alex Monroe. One of the absolutely nicest things I was ever given. He has done well ;)