Following our long-standing tradition (of three years now), we just had our annual holiday open house. It’s a great excuse to see a bunch of people, many of whom we’d be too busy to see over the holidays otherwise. We had 48 people (by Kat’s count) this year, which is a solid turnout. I have posted what pictures I have (which are mostly of food).
We have stuck pretty closely to the formula that seems to work: tell people to come whenever and make sure there’s a lot of food. You’ll notice a lot of similarities between this list and our list of food from 2008.
Here is the food we had, with recipe/supplier links where I have them to post. Several of the links are to Cooks Illustrated, which requires a subscription. I vote that you pony-up and buy the subscription: I’ve rarely made anything from them that wasn’t awesome.
- deviled eggs (from Cooks Illustrated)
- meatballs (from my mother’s recipe)
- Vegetarian Chili (from New Canadian Basics)
- Alton Brown’s Shrimp Cocktail (with a half-strength brine)
- a side of salmon
- artichoke dip (from New Canadian Basics) with pitas
- potato salad (my recipe)
- various cold cuts, veggies, and fruit
- salami from Moccia
- veggie and meat pockets from Golden Pita
- various cheeses: some from local farmers markets, some from the grocery store
- various bread and crackers
- blueberry pie (from Cook’s Illustrated)
- Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake (a Bad Girl Chocolates recipe)
- squares: triple-decker squares, lemon squares, butter tart squares
- cookies: chocolate chip, chocolate-cherry rounds, speculaas, ginger cookies, and some sugar cookes (which were the only ones we bought)
- candied pecans
- trifle (from my recipe)
Commentary: The meatballs were a huge hit, so I have posted the recipe in a separate blog entry. I have rarely, if ever, made a better pie than those blueberry pies: I think I’m finally getting the touch for it.
People drank a lot more pop and a lot less beer/wine this year. I have heard the same from another person who had a holiday party. Maybe it’s the new drunk driving laws? Worth keeping in mind if you’re entertaining in BC this season.
The Time Lapse
As before, I set up a camera on a tripod to take a picture every 30 seconds. These (2000) pictures can then be stitched together into a time lapse video, which tells the story of our day pretty completely, at 1:270 speed. (direct link to the movie if you’re having plugin problems)
The Next Day
On Sunday, it was Kat’s grandmother’s birthday. It has become tradition that the grandchildren cook for that event.
So, after cooking Friday for most of the day and all you see in the time lapse, we got up the next morning to drive to Surrey and make indoor pulled pork (with Lexington-style vinegar sauce, and chopped not pulled as they do in the Carolinas). And we fed another 24 people with that.
Needless to say, we were both pretty bagged by the end of our weekend.