Thursday, December 15, 2011
Happy Santa Lucia! (photo taken yesterday)
Advent is passing quickly and I have been immeasurably busy getting Christmas gifts knitted and sewed. For the first time this year everything the girls are getting is homemade plus one item from an antique store. I have wanted to do this every year but have always ended up ordering a little something here or there.
Angelica and I did a big journey up to the Asian market and bought fish for our Christmas Eve soup. Their fish section is about the size of most grocery store produce section with big vats of eels, crabs, lobsters, etc and red snapper as big as a four year old sitting on ice head and all. You can pick out your fish whole and they gut it and cut the head off for you. I also picked up some smelt for frying which I can never find here and are a wonderful memory from my childhood. I used to love to crunch on the crispy little fins. Also bought a whole bag of salmon heads for fish stock for five bucks and a whole vat of kimchi to add some much needed fermentedness into our winter diet. Its a bit spicy for the kids but Ben and I will consume quantities.
Only frustration . . . looks like Christmas duck this year instead of goose. Next year I will get my act together and order some goslings.