Ok, I know it's only February so it may be a little early to review 2015...but it's been so long since I've talked to you guys! Don't worry though, I'll be brief. Let's start with December. Returning home from Ireland took a bit of adjusting but I was honestly so busy I barely had time to get over my jet lag. With my living situation a bit in flux during my first few weeks home, I could think of no better time to hop on the train and go visit my peeps in NYC! There really is nothing better than New York during the holidays so I was so happy I got to spend some time there upon my return to The States. The weekend was filled with Christmas parties, dinners, brunches (food, wine, food, wine..you get it) and lots of time with friends. It still pains me to say this because New York is my favorite city in the world, but it was absolutely the right decision to leave. Who knows though, maybe one day I'll be back! But for now I am in the right place.
Post New York shenanigans, all of a sudden it was Christmas which meant lots and lots of cooking! My parents just moved into a new house with a fabulous kitchen so I was more than happy to christen it with a birthday dinner for Hillary...otherwise known as Christmas Eve dinner. I decided to serve her favorite- lamb chops. I got the lamb chops from Belmont Butchery (Richmonders- if you haven't been here yet, I suggest you RUN. I'll warn you it ain't cheap! But the quality makes it 100% worth it). Along with the lamb, I served roasted sunchokes, green beans with almonds and caramelized onions and a kale and rainbow chard salad with roasted pears and champagne vinaigrette. The main attraction, per usual, was dessert. Given the fact that we were celebrating a birthday AND the fact that Hillary is the ultimate chocolate lover..I figured I should just make two desserts. I mean why have one when you can have two? I went with a lemon sponge cake with lemon glace icing and a decadent chocolate tart. I had to do a bit of foraging in our yard to come up with some decorations (where is the 100 acre organic farm when you need it?!) but I think it was ultimately a success!
The baking did not stop there! On Christmas morning I challenged myself to make blueberry donuts. You all know how I feel about donuts so I took this challenge VERY seriously. Luckily, with the help of a DIY deep fryer I concocted, they were delicious.
Post Christmas and New Years I've been keeping very busy in the kitchen amidst my job hunt. The highlights include white yeast rolls, raspberry jam, squid ink pasta, ravioli, focaccia bread, brioche bread and a successful loaf of sourdough! The sourdough only took about 6 attempts to get it right but hey, who's counting?
So enough about me. I'm sure you're wondering what I plan to do with this blog of mine. While my long term goal will be for this to turn into more of a website as opposed to a blog, I'm going to start now by focusing on both food and wine, with a bit more of an emphasis on wine. I'm totally fascinated by wine and the amount there is to learn about it. Jancis Robinson, arguably the most famous wine writer in the world, said 'the most important thing to know about wine is you will never ever know it all.' Full disclosure, I don't even know the half of it (but I'm getting there!). My goal here, however, is to spark your interest in wine by giving you the amount of information you need to decide for yourself what you like and don't like. I personally think that is one of the hardest questions to answer and I am here to help! These posts will come in the form of Wine Wednesdays so stay tuned for the first post next week! In addition, I will be posting my own recipes and some general 'food for thought' (so cute, I know). I hope you continue to follow me as I take the next step!