Christmas Eve came and we had a great day.
I love this day more than any other day of the year. It is such a private, cozy and quiet day for my family and means the world to me.
Bill took the kids shopping on the island while I finished wrapping presents. This has become sort of a tradition for him. Every year he takes them out looking at lights, to the movies or shopping. It’s how he gets in the spirit of the day and I love that he wants to spend time with his kids like that.
We prepared our traditional Feast of the 7 Fishes, and that always begins with making pasta the way my Italian grandmother did.
The dough is simple: semolina flour and water. You knead it, then divide it into small pieces and roll them out into snakes.
With a dull kitchen knife you cut off a thumbnail sized piece, press the knife down on it and roll it away from you across the counter, creating a small disk with a roughened up surface that lets the pasta sauce cling to it. You can leave them like that, or roll your thumb into the disk and create what my grandmother called a “tiny sailors hat”.
We started off the seafood with steamed Alaskan King Crab, raw oysters and Zuberfizz soda for the kids.
Then moved on to the main course of Orecchiette ai frutti di Mare, or Seafood with orecchiette.
There were sea scallops, shrimp, clams, and a tomato-anchovie pasta sauce. It was soooooo good.
If you are counting, yes, you are right. That is only 6 fish. I forgot the calamari. Every year I do that!! Ah well! Did you know that the reason there are 7 fish is to represent the 7 sacraments? Yes indeed.
We watched A Christmas Story after dinner and then all the littles went off to bed.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.