Christmas Eve Pig Roast

Every year on Christmas Eve our family hosts a pig roast.Our whole family comes to celebrate. I look forward to this party every year. I am able to see all of my family. We have such a great time.

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It is a time-honored cuban tradition. The pig takes forever to cook put it tastes super good. it’s always very crispy. They smoke and cook the meat over hot coals so it is super tender. It falls right off the bone! DSC00174.jpg

It is super fun to watch the pig cook. As a way to pass time we talk and catch up with our family while eating cheese!! We also play poker with pennies I always lose because I’m not very good! DSC03319.jpg

We eat the pig with rice and beans, salad, yuca a vegetable similar to a potato and a great gravy. The  meal is always gone super quickly, but if there are left overs we have them the next day!

Herb Crusted Lamb Dinner

Today we went to La District shopping for food supplies. It is down town in the Brookfield mall. La District is an open-style French market with high quality ingredients. It has cheeses, meats, fresh produce and many other things. I planned to make Seared Herb Lamb Chops and Wilted Garlic Spinach and pasta. This place had everything we needed and it was super fun to shop there.

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Cheese at La District

The dinner turned out to super well. We had some great cheeses with truffle honey and rosemary crackers. The lamb were a perfect medium, and the spinach was nice and soft. However the trick to a good sear is to use high quality butter on medium heat so that the lamb has time to form a crust but also cook all the way through.

 

Tip: hot oil and water are not friends! If combined step back right away because the oil will start to spatter every where.

Ten Below Ice Cream

Ten Below Ice  Cream is located in New York City in China Town. It is a Thai Ice Cream shop that is a great place to go to with friends or family. This shop has many different flavors like Key Lime Pie, s’mores Galore, Cookie Monster, and many more.

When their ready to make your ice cream, they call you to watch. Let’s say I ordered the key lime pie ice cream, the ice cream maker firsts starts of with a lime and a graham cracker and chops them up fine on a freezing cold plate. He then adds a liquid that then freezes and turns into the ice cream. He works with the liquid mixture until it is smooth and frozen. Then he rolls the ice cream into small rolls and places them into a cup. After he makes the ice cream, he brings you to the toppings bar and you can choose which ever toppings you want. They even toast your marshmallow.

It is really cool to watch and DELICIOUS to eat.