I’m uber busy today – still playing catch-up after being out of the office for two weeks – but I thought I’d share some of my new toys with you.
‘Cause Christmas? It was good to me this year.
I’ll skip the truly geeky stuff (the official BBC licensed, hand-painted glass Dalek and TARDIS Christmas ornaments) and the unbelievably adorable (the Winnie the Pooh sitting in a wreath with a honey pot Christmas ornament) (can you tell I love Christmas ornaments?) and get right down to brass tacks.
I’ve been seeing spiral slicers everywhere lately, and I finally said, “You know, I think I’d like one of those…” My Better Half listens, and lo and behold – there was one under the Christmas tree. I haven’t used it yet, but trust me – you’ll know when I do. I’m finding the idea of butternut squash noodles and apple chips intriguing.
Sous Vide Supreme
For the longest time, I couldn’t decide whether I lusted more for one of these or a Vitamix, so Beloved made up my mind for me. I’m glad, because I. LOVE. THIS. THING. It’s so damn easy to use – fill it with water and set the temperature at which you wish to cook your food, vacuum seal said food with some seasonings (and, in my case, fat – butter has been my choice every time so far), drop the package in the sous vide and walk away until you’re ready to eat. I’ve used it four times so far – once with venison backstrap, once with a pork tenderloin, once with a beef tenderloin and once with a cold-smoked ham steak – and each and every time it produced incredibly flavorful and tender dishes.
Does anyone want to see recipes for it? I know they’re not a common item in most kitches, and they’re just so ridiculously easy to use – what I wrote in the previous paragraph is pretty much it. But I’ll be more than happy to post the venison recipe, which I’ve photographed, as well as more in the future if you like.
And finally, the gift that made me laugh the most.
Best. Apron. EVER.
Oldest Son really knows how to rock his mom’s apron collection.
And what did Santa bring you this year?