Christmas dinner was simple, comforting and full of laughter

casaveneracion.com Baked chicken with yogurt

If you go through the archive, all the way through 2003, there has rarely been a Christmas Eve when we had more than one main dish. We’ve never been traditional and it has just never been practical to prepare too much food for a family of four. It’s no different this year. I was quite prepared to cook something fancy, a dish that would require long cooking and lots of prepping, but Sam had something very specific in mind — baked chicken and potatoes with yogurt instead of cream. I obliged.

casaveneracion.com Tres leches cake

For dessert, again I was willing to bake something fancier than usual, but Alex wanted tres leches. And I baked a tres leches cake.

After dinner, we resumed our Harry Potter marathon and, somewhere between Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows, Part 1, Speedy made cocktails.

Recipe: Mint Cocoa Mocha

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Based on a recipe from Drinksmixer

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. of white creme de menthe
  • 1 oz. of white creme de cacao
  • 1 oz. of Kahlua
  • 1 oz. of cream

Instructions

  1. Pour all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice, shake, pour into a cocktail glass and serve.

Preparation time: 1 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1

Recipe: Piña melon colada

casaveneracion.com Pineapple melon colada

Based on another recipe from Drinksmixer

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. of coconut rum
  • 1 oz. of melon liqueur
  • 2 oz. of unsweetened pineapple juice

Instructions

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker, add ice, shake, pour into a cocktail glass and serve.

Preparation time: 1 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1

The clock struck twelve before Deathly Hallows, Part 1 concluded, we were still full from all the food we had for dinner, all we wanted was more tres leches cake, and coffee. And on to the movie marathon.

Happy holidays to all.

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