Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Day 24 is X – A-Z Blog Challenge http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ 

X is for Xmas (aka Christmas) and also for a Xebec, a three-masted Mediterranean sailing ship that was used by corsairs aka privateers or pirates and maybe still is. My knowledge of pirates begins and ends with Johnny Depp’s Pirates Of The Caribbean, so I’ll stick with Xmas, my most favorite time of the year.

In my house, our big dinner is on Christmas Eve—a holdover from when we lived in Montreal and always had a big house party that night. Just before midnight some of the guests would go to Midnight Mass and it was the job of those who stayed behind to organize the food. I don’t remember everything we ate, but Quebec Tourtiere (meat pie) and sugar pie were standard items on the menu and I still love them to this day. 

Sugar Pie is a variation on a butter tart, and this is my version: 

Christiane France’s Brandied Walnut & Orange Tart
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup finely ground walnuts
  • ¼ cup candied, finely ground orange peel
  • 1  tablespoon of brandy
  • 8-10 walnut halves
  • 1 x 8-inch tart shell
  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add beaten egg and mix well.
  4. Add vanilla, walnuts, orange peel and brandy.
  5. Pour mixture into tart shell
  6. Decorate with walnut halves
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until brown.
Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
By Christiane France

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When Drew and Michael first met, they spent every minute of their free time together, making love, dreaming, planning and generally behaving like they lived on their own private planet. Now, almost three months later, they’re still together, but only just. Michael’s been gradually distancing himself from Drew and he’s not returning Drew’s calls. They’re supposed to be spending Christmas with Michael’s family, so Drew forces a meeting. If Michael has met someone else, he wants to know, and he wants to know now.


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