Easy and Elegant Life

The Search for Everyday Elegance and the Art of Living Well.

And to All a Good Night

Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Manse.

I’ll be posting sporadically over the next week hoping to finish up the book and so bring a close to a New Year’s Resolution. Nothing like a deadline.

I thought I’d leave you with the menus for the Easy and Elegant Life Christmas Feasts.

Christmas Eve is Black Tie with Mrs. E. and my mother. The children will be nestled all snug in their beds whilst we tuck into:

Roasted red pepper soup with jumbo lump crabmeat
A salad of beets, goat cheese, mâché, walnuts and a walnut vinaigrette
Seafood crêpes filled will scallops, shrimp, haddock in a white sauce
Bûche de Noël

Christmas Day Brunch after the madness of the present exchange will be soft scrambled eggs in lobster butter with lobster meat, bacon, tomato and scallions in a puff pastry shell topped with créme fraîche and a dollop of paddlefish caviar and chive sprig.

Christmas Supper after a long day will be a reward of

Individual Beef Wellingtons
Simple Salad vinaigrette

And lashings of bubbles.

Merry Christmas and thank you all for helping to make my every wish come true.

14 thoughts on “And to All a Good Night

  1. Happy Chritmas from rainy french riviera, leave tomorow for Venizia, hope the sun shine on Piazza San marco !!

  2. Thank you for your wonderful posts. They are read with great enjoyment. Best of luck with your new book. Happy Christmas! May 2010 bring health to you and your family, and a bounty of inspiration for more wonderful articles.
    Square with Flair

  3. Hello Easy,
    What a delightful and delicious-sounding set of menus. Inspiring, indeed! Thank you for this, and all of your postings this year.
    Merry Christman,
    Reggie Darling

  4. Thank you all for your Christmas wishes!

    Aesthete, I’ve decided to write the Easy and Elegant Life book, which was what I set out to do when I discovered blogging. I’ve got 10, 760+ words so far…

  5. How did your individual Wellington’s turn out? We tried the same for Christmas dinner, and then ended up slightly over cooked for my taste. Thankfully, the perigueux sauce I made was phenomenal, and really saved the slightly dry beef.

  6. I am trying to find the French expression for “and to all a good night!” Would you have it please?
    Thank you. By the way, the supper and brunch menu sound lovely. Holding an open house next year?

  7. Hello Sharon, “et à tous une bonne nuit” is the literal translation, as I’m sure you know. But I don’t think that the French use that expression in the same manner, the poet was English, after all.

    George, last minute changes to the menu meant that they didn’t get made! Will do them for a dinner party and post the results early this new year.

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