Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Grilled beef and chestnut pate

My dearest friends, merry Christmas and happy holiday!

A couple of time-saver notes when I prepared food for party:
  1. To marinate the beef, forget that formular of wine vinegar, Worcester sauce, garlic, spices... just pour in Italian salad dressing from bottle
  2. Put our man in charge of the grill. Scented yourself with Coco, Chanel but not charcoal.
  3. Use ingredients that freeze well so as to prepare some food ahead, e.g. I decided chestnut pate as one of the side dish; a week ago cooked and freezed the chestnut. On the party day, grind it when it's still very hard (easier to clean the machine). Proceed to the finale.

*lots of kisses and hugs*

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ciao Gattina!
I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I hope to see you again next year!!
A big hug to your daughter and husband!
Saffron

Anonymous said...

Gattina, I had a wonderful laugh with your post - I loved the "Chanel 5 vs. charcoal" part. :D

Your dish looks beautiful - it must be a great pleasure to eat your food!

Merry Xmas and a happy new year to you, too, and all your family!

Kisses from Brazil,
Patricia.

P.S.: I'll write that info on paper cases you asked for on that comment on my blog, ok?

Anonymous said...

Look yummy! Glad you smell good for the feast!:D

Hugs to you too and have a great time.See you next year.

bea at la tartine gourmande said...

That looks delicious, I like the combination. Merry Christmas to you too!

Angie said...

Merry Christmas to you!

Gini said...

Love the sage casing. Nice touch! You always have nice touches. Happy Xmas!!

peabody said...

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a stress-free New Year.

Anonymous said...

Gattina,

Have a wonderful Xmas!!! *Hug* & *Kiss*. :)

sher said...

And Happy Holidays to you too Gattina! Your post gave me a chuckle--but your photo shows what wonderful food will be on your table over the holidays. Reading your blog has been such a pleasure for this past year. I look forward to the upcoming year.:)

Precious Moments said...

G, Have a Blessed Christmas and May All your dreams come true.

Anonymous said...

This photo looks very elegant. A very merry Xmas to you and your family. One giant HUG to you my friend.

Lera said...

Gattina dear,
Joyous & Merry Christmas to you!!.
May your fondest Christmas Dream
come true. will catch up for the next Year :))

Hugzzzzzzzzzzz & loads of X'mas cheer!!!

Anonymous said...

Gattina, A very Happy Holidays to you and your family
Laughed on that "Coco" pun

Jann said...

This looks really delicious-very artistically arranged! Would love to make this very soon, Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

Hi gattina, that looks so lovely
but i don't eat beaf.........so can't comment any further.

Meeta said...

Kisses and Hugs to you too Gattina. Hope you have a great Xmas!

Kristen said...

What a beautiful photo. Very nice job, and I love the tips!

gattina said...

Saffron, Patricia, Asha, Bea, Angie, Gini, Peabody, Anh, Sher, Edith, Archana, Lera, Sandeepa, Jann, Lakshmi, Meeta and Kristen, you guys just giving me one more sun... what a heart-warming season's greeting!

Callipygia said...

Gattina, Merry Christmas you sophisticated lady you! Very good stress-free holiday preparations, esp. about taking care of you. Have a beautiful holiday!

Ivonne said...

And a Merry Christmas to you, Gattina!

gattina said...

Callipygia and Ivonne, this season is particulary warm with you ladies around!

Will Higgins said...

I had a excellent steak the other day at a fancy restaurant, and it had a bit of nut-butter-cheese with it, and it was absolutely brilliant. The sweetness of the nuts and the richness of the butter really made the steak taste so much better. This little treat reminded me of it, and for that, I'm greatful!