Filling and Fulfilling

by wjw on December 25, 2016

img_4065So here’s a shot of last night’s roast beast, fresh from the oven.  I splurged on a USDA Prime rib roast, the price of which quite startled me.  I sprinkled it with Indonesian white pepper, garlic, and allspice (the Finnish housewife’s best friend), and then dusted it with flour before tossing it in the oven.  I served it with buttermilk mashed potatoes stirred up with garlic and horseradish, brown-braised pearl onions, baby peas, and a gravy I made with red wine, sea salt, yet more garlic, yet more pepper, and yet more allspice.  (Really, I can’t recommend allspice enough where red meat is concerned.)

All that was needed was to open a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and wait for Baby Jesus.  Who didn’t turn up, which left me with some free time to wonder how the wine is at the Pope’s eight other chateaus.  

The non-arrival of Baby Jesus left us with plenty of leftovers, so that should keep us going for the rest of the week.  Plus, there are the holiday tamales, which I haven’t even tasted yet.

From all of us here at the Rancho Praxis, I wish you the most filling and fulfilling of holidays.  May it fortify you against the hard times ahead.

Terry December 25, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Happy holidays, Walter! Here at Chateau Fairbanks, we are serving turkey with pimenton, rosemary, garlic, and other spices. On the side is chorizo cornbread dressing. We provide a choice of red chile, green posole, or traditional gravy, as well as mashed potatoes and green beans with garlic, onions, and cranberries. Cheese, cranberry sauce, and rolls are available for those who wish. And of course, good wine and plenty of it. Like you, we will have many leftovers unless Baby Jesus shows. Wish we could be sharing the evening with you and Kathy. Kisses and love, T.

Kathy December 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm

It was delicious!

Johan Larson January 18, 2017 at 6:38 pm

I hate to disappoint you, but Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the pope’s new castle rather than his ninth.

wjw January 18, 2017 at 11:08 pm

No way is that castle new! I’ve seen it, and it’s hundreds of years old!

Emy February 26, 2017 at 10:16 pm

Johan is right, “old” in european architecture is often way older than centuries. And there were several castles for several Popes because claiming you get power ’cause “God gave you the right to” weirdly leads to confusion and bad blood with the other dudes claiming the same.
As a probable grand-grand-grand-child of colonialists, I call the UST “young” (have you noticed how your president renames all his real estate after his family’s name? Good luck.).
But WJW’s answer is still the funniest.

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