When I was growing up there was candy sitting around everywhere this time of year. Here’s a small sampling in answer to today’s prompt. It was more part of the décor than something one was supposed to actually eat. Shiny to a point that made them seem almost inedible as though ornaments had somehow fallen off the tree into a bowl. The ribbon candy was particularly odd as not only did it look like actual ribbon, it was in a shape that made it perfectly impossible to understand how to eat it. It was a clump of twisting clusters that, while beautiful, created no definitive place to begin. We would instead leave it alone and let it shine along the other holiday decorations. In truth, there were often so many cookies and other sweets about that candy almost seemed like a bit too boring in comparison. To this day, I still prefer cookies and cakes, but do enjoy seeing the glistening reminder of my childhood sitting happily in a bowl.
With just a few days to go until Christmas, I’m now officially off work for the remainder of the year and can focus on it properly. Today was the first day of my break and it included a few errands for the upcoming festivities. For starters, Philippe told me that I should, “bury the salmon.” That sounds like an odd euphemism but it really means exactly that. Each year, we make gravlax which is a Nordic dish of cold-cured salmon. The original version was buried in the ground with wood, barley, pine needles, and berries, and produced something far less appetizing. Today’s method is so simple even I can join in the holiday “cooking.” It’s as easy as burying the fish under a mixture of salt, sugar and dill. Well, there’s sometimes a bit of removing bone, so Philippe usually takes over to avoid any nasty surprises before the fish is buried. The result is rather amazing as after a few days you end up with a magically ready-to-eat gourmet treat. The biggest challenge came today when the butcher was out of fresh salmon and I had to go to Costco instead.
This can be dangerous when I go alone as I end up finding things I suddenly think I must have. That’s the beauty of Costco. Not only do you spontaneously discover that you need something you’ve never even thought about before, you suddenly believe it’s perfectly sensible to buy ten of them. A suggestion one would have thought a perfectly insane thing to do in any other store. Thankfully, I made it out with just the world’s largest salmon, a bottle of generic French champagne, and 8 rolls of Scotch tape when I only needed one. I’ll be wrapping gifts tomorrow while Philippe is still at work. I’m just awaiting one last gift that arrives today (this one will be from Phineas) and all will be complete. Santa will likely be placing only chocolates in the stocking, but who knows, perhaps for old time’s sake, while I’m out tomorrow, I’ll pick up some decorative Christmas candy.
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