holiday in Taipei

Ted is out on quest for Worcestershire sauce; if he finds some I will attempt New Orleans Barbeque Shrimp for Christmas appetizers. (I could have *sworn*) we had some or I’d have looked for it yesterday.) Otherwise dinner will be simple: the smallest turkey I’ve ever cooked (under 10 lbs, because I think we still have a little left in the freezer from Thanksgiving but mostly because that’s the size the store had), green beans, mashed potatoes, French bread. Dessert will be the butter cookies I made yesterday, from Mark Bittman’s cookbook How to Cook Everything. I don’t recommend the recipe; there is way too high a rati of flour to sugar, but I sprinkled the second and third batch heavily with sugar, which improved them. (That makes it sound like we have a ton of cookies; actually I don’t have a cookie sheet, and the oven is tiny and has only one rack so I baked them just 12 at a time in the bottom of the roasting pan.) I think I will make bowties and kasha tomorrow to have with the leftover turkey. Well, first I need to check to make sure my memory that we brought kasha from Eindhoven is correct, and the noodles with it will be not bowties but spirals because – say it with me now – that’s what they had in the store.

This place is great for my cooking creativity, but I think it will be better if I just learn to cook more actual Chinese dishes.

I’m not quite sure if Ted enjoyed the way I wrapped his presents, but I did. First, a Lego motor and a set of video (Kenneth Clark’s Civilization because we both need to brush up our history further), individually wrapped. Wrapped around the two of them, a short-sleeved rowing shirt. Wrapping paper on top of that. On top of that, a wallet (wrapped) – he has one but I thought it might be easier to have a separate one to stash different currency with all the traveling. The whole bundle wrapped in one of those sports towels with a daily calendar (wrapped) on top, then the whole thing in wrapping paper again, with a long-sleeved rowing shirt folded into a tiny cylinder, wrapped, and sitting on top of the other package.

Merry Christmas to those of your who celebrate it and happy new year to all.

On a less happy note, my uncle Larry went in to the hospital today for major surgery tomorrow to deal with his cancer; for those who know him, he’s started his own blog to keep people informed. It’s here, but as he warns, he’s not likely to spare the details, so don’t click on the link if you don’t want them.

2 Responses to “holiday in Taipei”

  1. Jane Says:

    What a great way to wrap!
    Hope all goes well with Uncle Larry.

  2. marsha Says:

    Hope you found the kasha, and enjoyed the kasha & spirals, as well as the rest of your Christmas dinner. Does Ted do wrapping for your gifts.

    After some frustration and about 6 tries, I was finally to log onto Larry’s blog.

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