Meanwhile, it's still January, and in another few days we will celebrate "Give up waiting for a thank-you and call them and make sure the thing got there" day. Bills arrive, complaint time is running out. I did try to simplify things, our holiday dinners were streamlined this year, and I also excused myself from some of the hall-decking and stupid crafting in which I usually indulge. Nor did I bake, although I took out the cookie cutters and let them get some fresh air. But it wouldn't be right to start a new year without some festive silly food, would it?
This seems to be the year of the Food Diorama, so here we go:
so even though the merry vegetables shown here don't meet my usual criterion of being something you would put on a plate and let the kids carry around to the company, I felt their participation in a little holiday pageant of their own deserved recognition. Laaadies and gentlemen, your attention please! Before we put away the rest of the boxes and file the last of the gift receipts, a special treat! The zucchinis will abide in the fields!
I also want to introduce you to a new genre in food art - new to me anyway: Historical Landmarks Not Made of Cake and Frosting. The first one is easy:
and the other is Shakespeare's birthplace, featuring the leftovers from (someone else's, not my) Sunday lunch. Note the teeny ham pennants delicately festooning the landscaping behind the house. It's all in the details.