Since most of my family resides in Taipei and because they don’t celebrate Christmas, I usually spend the holidays with my 3rd sister JS who lives in Maryland, where I grew up. This year, however, JS and her family went up to the great white north: Canada. Since I didn’t want to spend my vacation money or time in suburban Toronto, I chose to stay put and spend Christmas in the Bay Area. EF and her family were kind enough to take me into their lovely home and share a wonderful Christmas with me.
There was a lovely pre-dinner drink (some sparkling juice that might have had alcohol in it, though I forgot to ask). The first course was cioppino, a famous San Francisco seafood stew that I had never had before, which features almost every seafood imaginable: fish (halibut), shrimp, mussels, crab, and clams. EF and her mom ML thought it might make a good main course, but as this was the first time they were making it, they decided to go for a “test-run” this year. I was more than happy to serve as a guinea pig. It was so delicious and such a crowd favorite that it’s been upgraded to the main course next Christmas.
For the main meal, we had ham, sweet potatoes, cauliflower + pasta cheese casserole thing (no picture unfortunately), more rolls, and fruit salad. It was really good and I was full without feeling stuffed or falling into the dreaded food coma.
After a fun game of Apples to Apples, we worked up enough of an appetite for dessert. There was a plate of cookies and chocolate bark, as well as some scrumptious chocolate pumpkin cupcakes. The pumpkin added some moisture and spice to the chocolate, so that the cake wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet and was especially good with the cream cheese frosting.
What a wonderful (and delicious) Christmas!