Christmas 2009 – 12/25/09

Since before I was born, my family has gathered at my aunt’s place in Alameda for lunch and at my grandmother’s for dinner (a very similar setup to Thanksgiving). This year was no different.

tree Christmas 2009   12/25/09

LUNCH

First off, was lunch in Alameda. The food is served buffet-style, and my aunt makes most of the dishes.

There are a number of finger foods served, including egg rolls, meatballs, shrimp toasts, and chicken wing ‘lollipops.’ The latter was one of my favorites, and is a chicken wing and drumette folded up into a lollipop shape and deep fried.

finger foods Christmas 2009   12/25/09

A wide array of dishes are also served. One of the staples is chow mein.chow mein1 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

A new side dish this year was a curried rice dish, with cashews, raisins, peas and chicken.curry rice Christmas 2009   12/25/09

Caesar salad.salad2 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

Another new dish – quinoa with tangerines and peanuts.quinoa Christmas 2009   12/25/09

Another classic is fried wontons. I tend to snack on these throughout the day.wonton Christmas 2009   12/25/09

Pan-seared shrimp.shrimp Christmas 2009   12/25/09

A new dish this year was pork belly. My uncle’s creation – it had a very crisp skin and was not overly fatty.pork Christmas 2009   12/25/09

Another dish my uncle made was pork ribs.ribs Christmas 2009   12/25/09

ribs close Christmas 2009   12/25/09

Desserts included a cake from Schubert’s Bakery in San Francisco.cake1 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

And a cake from Sweet Stop in San Francisco.cake2 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

Homemade apple turnovers.apple turnover Christmas 2009   12/25/09

As a take-home, my cousin baked these treats.treats Christmas 2009   12/25/09

It is always a challenge to find room for dinner after all this food. We end up eating throughout the day, with the main lunching coming around 1230 and desserts coming out at 2-3. Dinner tends to be early, around 6, so there’s a brief window to work up an appetite.

DINNER

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For dinner, I brought an extra special bottle of bubbly to celebrate with.

My grandmother made a soup of a chicken and pork base with mushrooms, dates and dried bean curd.soup1 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

The centerpiece of our meals is always a beef roast. Traditionally, this has been a New York roast, and this year was not an exception.beef roast Christmas 2009   12/25/09

beef roast2 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

Another meat option this year was whole roasted squab, which is stuffed with a Chinese sticky rice.squab1 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

squab2 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

My grandmother makes a huge pot of this sticky rice, and it is served as a side (as well as stuffed in the squab above).rice Christmas 2009   12/25/09

My grandmother also stir fried some fresh crab. The crab was broken down, cracked, and stir fried with ginger, green onion, and some whiskey.crab1 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

crab2 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

crab3 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

For sides, there were yams,yams Christmas 2009   12/25/09

asparagus,asparagus Christmas 2009   12/25/09

mashed potatoes,potatoes1 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

and gravy.gravy Christmas 2009   12/25/09

The dinner table, as shown below, was just totally full of food.table Christmas 2009   12/25/09

There were a number of desserts available, including the cake below, which is a duplicate cake from the one served at lunch from Sweet Stop. Interior photo below.cake3 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

St. Honore cake from Victoria Pastry in San Francisco.cake4 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

A homemade chocolate pie.choc pie Christmas 2009   12/25/09

This was a pie with an oreo crust, rich fudge filling, and homemade whipped cream. At first glance, it looks like a lot of whipped cream. But it’s very light, and a generous amount really goes well with the rich and dense fudge. Delicious.

choc pie2 Christmas 2009   12/25/09

This Christmas, as in past years, did not fail to be full of food. For me, Thanksgiving and Christmas (as well as the American Wine & Food Festival) have to be some of the highest caloric intakes of the year.


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