Holiday Series: Christmas Sweater Card 2016!

Another Holiday Series post, this time we introduce you our official 2016 Christmas Family Card – yup, the one featured at the top and bottom of this post. All our close friends and family received one alongside their Christmas present and we can’t be more excited to shoot next year with out bundle of joy in it as well. Yes, I know Christmas sweaters are considered to be a fashion faux-pas, but hey, they are fun, they keep you warm and this is the only time of the year when you can actually wear them and not feel completely stupid. Plus, call me hormonal/emotional/whatever, but I love, love, love mine! D got it for me as a surprise for no actual reason and it perfectly depicts how I feel these days: like a fluffy polar bear, but I guess that is normal considering that in approximately 2 and a half weeks I will be delivering the very important cupcake that has been baking inside my belly for almost 9 months now.

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That said, we hope you had a lovely time yesterday because we know we had with all our family. Let me tell you a bit about our traditional Christmas lunch-turned-dinner… Usually we get together at noon (1-ish) and eat for about 7 hours non-stop. One might say that Christmas dinner is a marathon for us and that would be very true. Sadly though, being so close to term, we could not spend more than 2 hours with our family mainly because I constantly feel the need to lay on my couch and relax these days.

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On me:

Sweater – Pull and Bear; Jeans – H&M; Boots – Ugg; Bling – Swarovski; Watch – Apple Watch

On D:

Sweater – Pull and Bear; Jeans – Review; Socks – Happy Socks; Watch – Apple

On Nauca:

Sweater – Camon

Anyways, we hope you like our Christmas Sweaters and promise that we will post annually silly pics for the Holiday Series posts with our expanding family!

L.

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Holiday Series: Christmas Feast!

Starting our Holiday Series late this year as we had tons of stuff to do these days, plus we found out that we do not have five more weeks until the little bundle of joy joins us, but only about three so we had lots to do and lots to panic about. That said, we did do a lot of stuff for the blog as well, a Christmas feast included that will take you two days to make. I think this is actually the most elaborate thing we ever did in the kitchen and this all happened because of D. Because he just loves ribs!!!

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To keep with the Romanian Christmas tradition, this time he chose pork ribs and we decided to make them in the oven with a wedge-potatoes side – that happened because I still crave potatoes like crazy! As well as craving chocolate, sweet bread and other fattening stuff, except for meat.That said, I do admit that those ribs were amazing eating them felt like heaven in my mouth. They were just the right amount of cooked, seasoned, moist and they simply fell off the bone. I am telling you D outdid himself with these ribs! Thus I am absolutely recommending his recipe! So this post will go two ways: the ribs and the side with a simple mayo dip.

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Part 1: The Ribs!

What we used:

  • 4 racks of pork ribs
  • 1 bottle of Jack Daniels Barbecue Hot Chilli Sauce
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp hot chilly powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (you can skip the cinnamon if you do not like it)
  • 10 g fresh basil
  • 20 g fresh chives
  • 20 g fresh rosemary

What we did:

  1. We took a large amount of photos – as you can see this has to be the most photo-infused recipe post.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, the chopped herbs, the honey and the spices.
  3. Take each rack of ribs and generously cover them in the mixture.
  4. Cover them with transparent foil and place them in the fridge overnight.
  5. The next day, carefully line a tray with aluminium foil, place the ribs on it covering them with the barbecue mixture.
  6. Pre-heat the oven at 160 degrees C.
  7. Grind some Barbecue spices all over the ribs, cover the tray with foil and into the oven they go for about 3 hours making sure you flip them mid-way.
  8.  At the end of those 3 hours, take the covering aluminium foil off and leave them in the oven for another 30 minutes.
  9. That’s it! Despite this one taking 24 hours to perfect, it is very easy to make.

Part 2: The baked potatoes and the dip!

What we used:

  • 1 kg small potatoes
  • 10 g fresh basil leaves
  • 10 g fresh rosemary
  • 10 g fresh chives
  • 30 g butter
  • 3 white onions
  • 1 small pot of Hellman’s mayonnaise (we usually prefer fresh home made mayo but being pregnant, I am not allowed to eat anything unpasteurised)
  • 2 garlic heads
  • 1 tsp barbecue seasoning

What we did:

  1. Again, we took lots of photos – did I mention how much I love food photography?
  2. We roughly cut the potatoes into wedges (no, we did not remove the skin) and we cut the onions into rings.
  3. Chop the greens, mix them together but keep about half of the chopped chives for the dip.
  4. Heat the butter until it is liquified and smash the garlic.
  5. Mix the butter with the greens, the seasoning and half of the garlic – this will be your potatoes seasoning.
  6. In an oven-safe ceramic bowl carefully place the potatoes and paint them with the butter-herb mixture, add a layer of onion rings and then repeat with a layer of potatoes and butter mixture and off into the oven they go at 160 degrees C (yes, you can add them in the oven with the ribs) for about one hour.
  7. For the dip you will need the mayo, the remaining garlic and the remaining chives and all you have to do is mix them together to end up with a perfectly balanced garlic dip.

That is about it! You will end up with an amazing dish for the holidays that is both filling and delicious. And it was all D‘s idea! Since this is a festive time, I will not, under any circumstance think about how healthy/unhealthy this dish is and thus I will not post any nutritional info as I feel this is a time to celebrate life and not count calories and fats.

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Stay close by as the next post will be the first one from the Christmas Tree Series that we plan to do every year and we will reveal the theme we chose this year! Until then, just enjoy a full plate of ribs with your family!

L.