With my parents visiting us for the holidays, we spent ages cleaning and preparing for their visit. Stuffing four people into a one bedroom in the US is a recipe for tight quarters and potential conflict. Somehow it works in Japan, perhaps since you can fold up futons and store in the closets during the day to use the space for living space. In hindsight, the biggest issue was only having one bathroom.
Homemade Tomato Basil Soup
With onion, garlic, red pepper and carrots, this is a super vitamin-packed soup that paired well with the grilled ham, cheese and tomato sandwiches I made after we picked them up from the airport.
I also made a mushroom soup without cream. With an immersion blender the soup achieved a creamy texture without the fat and guilt. Given a choice, my parents couldn't decide so I gave them smaller bowls of both.
Chorizo, proscuitto, brie, cheddar, pepperjack, fig butter, marinated mozzarella, peanuts, chocolate truffles, olives and shrimp cocktails.
Christmas Eve Roast Beef
First time roasting a boneless rib roast, and it ended up a tad closer towards medium than medium rare. We had talked about a stuffed pork roast or roasting a chicken, but the seasoned rib roast stood out at the meat counter to my fiance. Served the sliced beef along with mashed potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts.
Fruit-topped custard pie from Whole Foods.
Crustless broccoli quiche for Christmas Day breakfast.
Served along with oranges, cinnamon buns and cookies.
Turkey lasagna for Christmas Day dinner at my brother's.
We watched a four year old open a mountain of presents for over an hour. A tad excruciating, made more so by the arctic room temperature.
We also went to a few restaurants during their stay. Daniel O'Connell's in Old Town, Lighthouse Tofu for soon dubu and hamul pajeon, a historic burger and fries at Mount Vernon food court, and Papa John's pizza.