- Ted & Debbie (Photographers)
I know, I know, it’s a week after the Winter Solstice but the logic board on my computer pooped out and I have not been able to download any pictures. For the shortest day of the year dinner I made paella from the Canal House Cookbook. It was the 1st time I made paella so I had to work out a few kinks. Remind me never again to ride my bike while carrying a paella pan that feeds 22 people, 2.2 pounds of Bomba rice and 3 lbs. of bearded mussels. This was my attempt to try to win Chef of the Year in Sam’s Food Blog.
We started the meal off with 3 cheeses from Andrews Cheese Shop. I was a bit busy with the outdoor paella making to really enjoy the cheeses but you can see the selection on Sam’s Food Blog. We tried to walk the chicken, chorizo, musselsÂ shrimp and rice off with our annual stroll down to Ocean Ave. to see the Santa Monica tradition of â€œThe Christmas Storyâ€.
A tradition since 1953, it consists of chain linked fenced tableaus of biblical scenes highlighting the birth of the Baby Jesus. Getting slightly off the path here but hereâ€™s a link to a wonderful Mary and Joseph story by Dina Donahue we heard read at a holiday concert last year. Anyways, back to Santa Monica-Â Each tableau, sponsored by a local church is comprised of old mannequins from Hensheyâ€™s Department Store(defunct since 1993) dressed in fake beards, Topsider loafers, and caftans from old Hensheyâ€™s stock telling â€œThe Christmas Story.â€ If you are ever in Santa Monica at Christmas do go see it. The city has blocked off parking in front of the tableauâ€™s so you can see the Christmas Story the true So Cal. way â€“ Drive Thru-
For the past few years Winter Solstice dessert means Flaming English Christmas Pudding provided by and ignited by our friend Catriona. She’s from Wales, and it’s always a special treat for her and her family to share this tradition with us.
Just like that, the day is over. I’m tired and I want to go to bed but there’s alot of dishes to do and cleaning up. The shortest day of the year is feeling a bit longer.