We weren’t able to make it back to Missouri again this year, so we continued our tradition of eating Chinese/Vietnamese. The only good place I could find that served pho was closed, so we headed to Full Kee Chinese Restaurant. It was packed! We waited at least an hour for our food! They said Christmas day is the busiest day of the year for them. Who knew!?
For Christmas this year James gave me a sampler set of Kusmi tea and I love it! The St. Petersburg blend instantly reminds me of our little Paris apartment and Prince Vladimir is a new favorite as well. Can’t wait to try the others! (Aren’t those tins adorable?)
When we lived in Paris we opted for ice cream bûche de Noël from Picard. Not necessarily traditional, but soooo yummy! This year we decided we’d bring a little of the tradition back and try our hand at making the homemade cake version.
I searched online and finally settled on this recipe, basically because it calls for a cream cheese filling instead of whipped cream. Oui! The cake isn’t all that hard to make, just a little time consuming. Do make sure to generously grease the pan and the waxed paper. I thought I’d gone a little overboard, and it actually could’ve used more!
For the filling, I would recommend a thick layer and going almost all the way to the edge. We left the suggested 1 inch and it seemed like a bit much. The cake itself isn’t that sweet (or moist) so I feel like having more of the filling really helps.
James and I made the cake together one morning, but he gets all of the decorating credit! Isn’t it amazing! He cut off a couple inches of one end to make the little stump and then used more cream cheese icing to cover the entire cake. He sprinkled on some powdered sugar and green sprinkles, and voila, parfait!
One of our favorite wedding presents so far is this fabulous crepe pan. It may not look like anything fancy, but it is so much better than using a regular skillet!
We pour in about a 1/3 cup of batter (I always use this simple recipe that makes great savory and sweet crepes), coat the pan, wait a couple of minutes and flip (my MIL gave us this wooden crepe turner and it it wonderful as well). They turn out great every time!
I also love it for making pancakes, omelettes, and egg sandwiches. Highly recommended!
(One of the Amazon reviewers said that the Teflon flaked off easily, and I have not seen this happen at all. We do wash it by hand though, so that could make a difference.)