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December 24, 2009

Happy Christmas

Just one more day left in the kitchen. With many things that still need to be finished…

But I did a lot of prep yesterday so hopefully things will go smoothly. Except for the minor kitchen emergency that happend 30 seconds ago. I turned on my candied grapefruit peels to reheat them so I could sugar them, and burned them to a very smokey crisp. And now every door and window in the house is open, desperately trying to air the place out. Le sigh.

Stock for my chestnut soup. It’s so pretty, stock. I can’t help but take pictures.

Chestnuts with the recipe. I haven’t made this for years but it’s soooo delicious and festive. I’ll be sure to post the recipe before New Years in case someone is looking for a decadent treat for the eve.

Persimmon puree for pudding. Again, unbelievably delicious if you’ve never had it. The pudding, not the puree.

And then I stepped outside for a moment, to grab some herbs and survey the yard before we leave. And look what I found! This is probably only exciting to me, but…

Millet! Sprouting up everywhere the chicken house has been. They’re messy eaters those chickens, but now we have lovely grain plants coming up around the yard.

Mysterious squash that won’t quit growing

More squash that’s been harvested and needs to be brought inside and consumed.

And succulents, who are much happier in the shade with reliable rain, it turns out.

Happy last few days of 2009. I’ll be around a bit before New Years, since they don’t exactly allow pregnant people on the ski slopes. Mountainy posts to follow. With the chestnut soup recipe.


  1. sb said on December 24, 2009

    thank you for sharing the divine food photos and dreamy images of your garden….love!

    the merriest of christmases to you & yours….


  2. betty said on December 24, 2009

    Any chance you'd post the persimmon pudding recipe along with the chestnut soup?

    I'm intrigued by that one.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Karin said on December 25, 2009

    I'm intrigued by both recipes too :-)

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  4. Kim B. said on December 25, 2009

    Merry Christmas Kristina!

    Thank you for the beauty and joy you bring into our lives. So excited for the wonderful changes 2010 will bring for you!!

  5. Christina said on December 26, 2009

    I am so in love with it over here. This soup looks so delicious!
    And that toffee, from the post below~ yum!
    Happy Holidays!

  6. Amanda said on December 27, 2009

    Merry Christmas, you delightful, squash-growing, pudding-making dear. I hope it was a good one. xo

  7. Peacock Feathers and Diamond Rings said on December 27, 2009

    Hope that you had a happy Christmas. Enjoy the snow at Mammoth even if you are not skiing, x

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