Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Solstice...

...A Quiet Dinner In The Round
Click on photo to enlarge - ©2008 jim otterstrom

Peggy and I toast each other last evening, over a bayberry candle, in celebration of the Winter Solstice, before enjoying a simple home-cooked 'Dinner In The Round'.

In honor of the shortest day of our four seasons, the official beginning of winter, we prepared three dishes, 'in the round'.

Our spinach bacon quiché with hominy, olives, and salsa, was decorated with the pagan Solar Cross, formed of bacon. The Solar Cross, a cross within a circle, is an ancient design symbolizing the four seasons defined by the solstices and equinoxes.

We made cornbread with jalapeno peppers, corn, cheddar and jack cheese added to the mixture. The cornbread was also decorated with the Solar Cross, this time in thin strips of jalapenos.

The third round-dish was tostadas with refried blackbeans on corn tortillas buried beneath the fresh red and green yuletide colors of lettuce, tomato, avocado and salsa.

We also shared a bottle of Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir (2006) in honor of the human powered bicycles which have been our secondary mode of transportation for nearly 12 years now (our primary mode of transport is our feet).

The dinner was delicious and we very much enjoyed our quiet peaceful evening together.

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Blogger Shell said...

It sounds wonderful and I love that your meal was 'in the round'. I sincerely hope you two had a very Merry Yule. :)

5:46 PM  
Blogger CatHerder said...

It looks and sounds wonderful! Our outdoor Yule celebration was squashed due to heavy rain and ice this the pic of the two of you, it speaks volumes!

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's about a perfect photo as one could ask for.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, I just discovered your site and I like you folks, maybe because we think largely alike.

My wife and I are retired and living on 7 acres north of town in central Wisconsin. I started several years ago with a 20'x30' garden and this year will have expanded it to about 2500 square feet. I really want to grow much of our own food.

Sadly we do have 2 cars and may be able eventually to own only one, but I see no way - given our health problems - that we can do without.

Anyway, I've bookmarked your site and will return often. The picture of the two of you is just wonderful. I really like it (and would love to try some of that food).

I wish you not only a cheerful solstice, but a happy New Year's.

12:23 PM  
Blogger David King said...

Hey Jim! Got to see your Solstice post - The Learning Garden's Solstice was more communal and didn't involve a lot of food, but we had a lovely time too. Wishing you the best of the new year! Keep that guitar tuned up, maybe I'll get to come by again sometime soon...

2:04 PM  
Blogger tansy said...

what a beautiful picture of two beautiful people!

and a yummy dinner to boot!

11:35 AM  

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