Miss Tarabotti, as some of you may well know, is rather fond of comestibles. Thusly, the holiday season is one of great joy to her, from a food standpoint if nothing else. (The shopping, it must be admitted, she could very much do without. Her sisters are overly enthusiastic on the subject.) However, she has some tips for coping with the holidays Victorian-style.
1. Mincemeat pie.
Sounds awful, looks revolting, tastes spectacular. The Americans have sadly neglected this part of their British heritage but there is much to be said for meat soaked in alcohol and then encased in pastry. If unwilling to venture in the mincemeat direction, how about exploring the fine art of Christmas Pudding
? (AKA Plum Pudding ~ and no, there are no plums involved, don't ask.) A dense fruity cake that is covered in alcohol and then set on fire
2. Cloth wrapped presents. Instead of paper, why not invest in some fabric remnants from a craft shop or colorful little scarves from a thrift store and then tie with a ribbon? All the fun of unwrapping, none of the waste, and perhaps it will encourage others to reuse as well. As an added bonus, cloth wrappers can be used as emergency clean-up towels for the inevitable alcohol-related spill (see: inebriation caused by over-consumption of Christmas Pud, above.)
3. Roast goose. Benefits? Well, a goose is bigger than a turkey and more mean-spirited. Have you ever met a goose? The only bird nastier is a swan and, unfortunately, swans are protected by Queen Victoria (but I bet they're tasty). Thus goose consumption gives one a sense of self-righteousness and satisfaction all rolled into one.
4. Frills and lace. Perhaps not a particular favorite amongst gentlemen for themselves (unless one is of a Lord Akeldama inclination) but for the ladies... Donning a pretty frock and perhaps a corset is bound to make one feel better ~ a little constricted, but definitely better. On the other hand nothing, I am convinced of this, is funnier than a werewolf with a doily on his head.
5. Which brings us back around to drinkies. Lord Akeldama suggests a Pink Slurp (champagne & blood) but he's a vampire and they have questionable pallets. Alexia recommends substituting blackberry cordial for the blood resulting in a truly excellent and festive drink. Alternatively, for those particularly cold nights, one might opt for mulled wine, which can be a most delicious way to disguise the quality of one's vino.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
On writing titles
Now in production. The release date on Amazon
Etiquette & Espionage:
Copy edits done! Awaiting galley. Release date Fall 2012.
The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First
Prudence floats! Release date fall 2013. She's started waking me up in the middle of the night with ideas.
My interview with Fangs for the Fantasy
Quote of the Day:
"Flabbergasted (adj.): Appalled by discovering how much weight one has