Realizing with some surprise that Christmas Day is almost here (I've tuned out the ubiquitous carols since they began assaulting my ears on November 1), I turned my attention to what to serve for Christmas dinner. Our family is not that fussed with the typical Christmas (and other major holidays) fare of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, or Baked Ham and Scallop Potatoes, and various trimmings. (One's a vegetarian so we factor that in. Others really don't like turkey. I personally hate wrestling with a floppy, naked bird at any time.)
My middle child and I each took one of her two Jamie Oliver cookbooks and scanned the recipes. I'd submit a possibility, she'd reject it, and vice versa. But, as a sign that our civilization is going to heck in a hand basket, we found none of the options appealing. As I left the room, deciding to try again later, she called out,"You know, we should just order Chinese food."
Immediately, my heart quickened: Visions of congee with mushrooms and chicken, snow pea shoots with garlic bits, lemon chicken in tangy sauce and much else danced about. "Yes!" Add in some tofu and vegetarian spring rolls, and everyone's happy.
And so our dinner choices are made. We're ordering from our Chinese restaurant of choice in Mississauga :: Tremendous. We called to check if they are going to be open. Yes, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tremendous (located at 3550 Wolfedale, south of Burnhamthorpe) is close to our home. We can phone in our order and it will be ready when we get there. And yes, we've allowed for leftovers for later. All told, the cost is about the same as for a home cooked meal. That we don't have to cook it at all is an absolute bonus!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, to all!