Despite all the crazed entertaining, dinners, get-togethers, baking, cooking, etc., the family has had several periods of “quiet time” this holiday season, and yes, we have indulged… It’s Mrs. MM’s and my 18th wedding anniversary tomorrow and we have been eating some of our favorite things from around the globe, not just for the holidays, but to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Mrs. MM returned from New York a couple of weeks ago and part of the precious cargo in her luggage were two luxurious tins of caviar from Russ & Daughters, one a SUPERB American Osetra and the other a caviar from Adriatic sturgeon. It’s always nice to eat different caviars side by side because the nuances in quality become much more apparent. It’s the same thing when you drink several vintages of exactly the same wine, a vertical tasting, I think they call it. So one recent evening, the Teen, Mrs. MM and I settled into a “TV Dinner” that started off with some vintage Veuve Clicquot champagne (the orange bottle, an anniversary tradition), caviar on toast (nothing else to distract from the caviar), several kinds of smoked salmon and a dinner of roast beef. We were all by ourselves, and it was wonderful.
We have been very fortunate this year, and it’s nice to take stock and be grateful for all the good things, and learn from the bad ones. Spending time with family has to be the single most amazing luxury in this day and age where folks don’t seem to sit down to a meal together much anymore. We could have been eating fried sardines (fresh tawilis if it were in the MM household, heehee :) and it would have had the same effect. But there is also a time to indulge if possible, and this was one of those evenings. And to the several friends who are reading this and thinking, “what? they didn’t share?”, hahaha, no we didn’t. Maybe next time. :)