|Bûche de Noël, my annual Yule specialty.|
Documentation of Yule/Winter Solstice 2011 fell by the wayside thanks to (among other things), Las Vegas, seizures & urological screenings. Now that the dust has settled (sort of), I am making good on my commitment to documenting our family's Yule celebration, modest as it was this past year.
|A Yule-ish sunrise.|
How families change things! Nowadays, Hubby & I prepare a feast for a collection of guests which fluctuates each year, depending upon timing, circumstance, etc. This year was hampered by our impending trip to Las Vegas so we narrowed the guest list down to my parents & kept it simple. Simplicity meant we did not make our usual Roasted Capon... (sigh). Instead, the menu (still delicious) consisted of:
- Ghetto-fabulous Rosemary Chicken & Brie en Croûte
- Creamy Bolete, Celery & Wild Rice Soup
- Maple Roasted Carrots
- Blanched Asparagus
- Bûche de Noël (a recipe perfected over many, many years)
Of course, our Yule Vigil Candle was lit by the Little Lad at the setting of the Sun. This year we used the candle Hubby poured especially for Yule last year (good thing we made it big -- this whole Las Vegas thing nixed any chance of candlemaking this time around). We threw our Yule log -- saved from year-before-last-year's tree onto the fire (into the woodstove) & tossed our very special homemade Yule Incense (blended with the assistance of our Little Lad) on the charcoal. Blessings left & right, how divine.
|Even prettier in real life.|
Our experience at Sunrise was sublime. Lucky me, I have already written that part of the story which can be found here: A Solstice Blessing, Horned One Style.
|Boletus edulis, B. mirabilis, Leccinum scabrum & L. testaceoscabrum soaking in chardonnay.|