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Dinner with Family and Friends

It's a southern tradition - therefore, via my father's side of the family - that we have black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. We didn't go shopping in time, so had them today, on the second, cooked with a recipe based on one in a cookbook given to us by double0hilly. The oak-smoked ham they were cooked with (on sale post-Christmas) gave them wonderful richness and depth. We ate it with roasted squash, given to us by haggisthesecond and naxos, sprinkled with herb salt made by my grandmother. C. drank Innis & Gunn, an oak-aged beer first recommended to him by his father, and drunk in a tankard from his parents. The plates were given to us by my mother. For dessert, we're planning on truffles made by wibblepot.

Even when they're not here, my life is connected with those of so many others. I like being a part of that network.

Happy 2009!

P.S. Email from a French hotel whose mailing list I'm on tells me "We’ll be happy to welcome you, all year long, for a distressing moment of happiness."

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gylfinir
Jan. 2nd, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
I love that email message! I may borrow that and put it on my door at work :)

(Hello, by the way! I hope you don't mind that I've added you to my friends list)
owlfish
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
Hello! Not at all. We have an intriguing group of people in common.
haggisthesecond
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
that sounds like a lovely meal, glad to have been a part of it.
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owlfish
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
It really was nice of you! At the time, you even offered to pay for trans-atlantic shipping for it. We didn't take you up on the offer - it was easier to ship it with the rest of our lead brick collection books.
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owlfish
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
Yes, for about six months of stalling while I forgot to read it. Only afterwards did you tell me that you hadn't actually read it, but marked up the pages anyways. I passed it on to someone-or-other. Can't remember who now!
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owlfish
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
My cookbooks gave conflicting advice about dried black-eyed peas, i.e. whether or not to soak them overnight (and I couldn't remember from past years when I've sporadically done this). So what did you do with yours?
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