For the 4th year, in what is becoming a holiday tradition, we celebrated Christmas with Yuan and duck. As usual, for Christmas Eve, we had Norwegian meatballs, mashed potatoes and lefse. Bjorn’s parents were also in town this year and our meatballs were made by his mom, a person of actual Norwegian descent. You know, as opposed to me and Yuan who try to put soy sauce in the gravy. They were delicious! We were also gifted with a lefse stick, a fancy stick with Scandinavian designs painted onto the side of it used to flip the Norwegian potato crepe. Even though Bjorn made lefse last year with a spatula, rolling pin and pancake griddle, according to any proud Norwegian American, making lefse requires special equipment. Now all we need is the lefse rolling pin and lefse griddle.
For Christmas day dinner, Yuan, a.k.a. Chinese Santa, brought up two ducks to smoke. I love Chinese Santa. He brings the best presents and stuffs my stocking with Asian gummies. That’s not supposed to sound dirty.
Bjorn’s parents and some Davis friends rounded out our Christmas day dinner. In addition to the duck, we made fried scallops, mustard greens, roasted root vegetables, shrimp fried rice, and cranberry eggnog tart. Perhaps a bit of an eclectic Christmas menu but when Yuan and I are in charge of holiday menu planning, you always get shrimp fried rice.
Fried scallops and Mustard Greens