It’s a busy time of year. Last week was our busy week but this week there are several important events vying for attention on Wacky Wednesday.
The 21st has traditionally been our annual “French Night.” Before there was Wacky Wednesday, heck before there were kids, John and I celebrated December 21st by eating French food and remembering our trip to Paris in 2001. And it wasn’t just an ordinary trip; John proposed to me at the top of the Eiffel Tower. I was flabbergasted. Truly. In retrospect, of course, it makes sense why he looked so nervous riding up in the herky-jerky elevators where the only signs in English warned “Beware of Pick Pockets.”
The second is the Winter solstice. Being that today is the shortest days of the year it is ripe with opportunity. That the days are going to start getting longer is definitely a reason to celebrate. Especially when you live in a northern climate.
Third, it is the second night of Hanukkah. We typically celebrate with family and friends over the span of the 8 days but we usually do one night at home where we fry up our own Latkes (potato pancakes) and celebrate just ourselves. Now, I don’t want to sound like a braggart but our Latke recipe is pretty darn tasty. There is nothing complicated about it. Except it is very time consuming to shred the potatoes and then fry them to crisp golden perfection. Which is why, as we’ve learned over the past few years, people do the cheater version with pre-shredded hasbrown potatoes. No wonder they taste like soggy napkins. Trust me. It’s worth the effort.
So the challenge this week was how to incorporate ALL of these things?
Sophie suggested we make Latkes in shapes of the Eiffel Tower and the Sun. Honestly? Latkes on a weeknight kind of sound like a pain in the neck.
Instead, we’ll tune in some Caribbean music on the radio (thank goodness for satellite radio) and dine by while we eat some of our summertime favorites flavored with the herbs we grew in the garden last summer. For Hanukkah we’ll enjoy donuts (it’s typical to eat fried foods during the “Festival of Lights”) with a french twist.
Here’s the menu:
- Grilled Salmon
- French Bread with Pesto & Brie
- Fruit Salad
- Donuts with Nutella “Frosting”
What are you doing for Wacky Wednesday? Or Hanukkah? Or the Winter solstice?