Sunday, December 27, 2020

Well, Christmas this year wasn’t exactly as we planned. Since London is currently in Tier 4 restrictions from Covid-19, we’re not supposed to “hang out” with anyone at home. 
 
We decided to make our traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve and serve the food outside in our communal garden. A few of our neighbors were able to enjoy the dishes with us as we ate outside.
 
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebrations, and one that my husband’s family does to honor his family’s Italian heritage. Jason’s great grandfather came from Cassano Irpino, Italy, and immigrated to the U.S. around 1905. 

The idea to celebrate Christmas Eve is to make sure you eat seven different types of seafood or fish. 

Here’s our menu: 

Oysters served with a traditional French mignonette sauce 
Yellow fin tuna tartare with a soy-ginger dressing
Hickory-grilled sardines 
Linguine and clams in a white wine sauce – a traditional dish always served by my mother-in-law 
Pan-fried scallops in butter, garlic and chillies 
Hickory-grilled salmon with honey-soy glaze and roasted brussel sprouts 
Hake fillets baked with tomatoes, kalamata olives and capers 
Hopefully, next year, we’ll actually be able to sit around a proper dining table and eat Christmas dinner together with our friends/family members.
And for dessert, I made a classic French Buche de Noel with a raspberry cremeux inside and topped with a Chantilly cream and chocolate flowers.


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