My sister and her hubby drove up this afternoon because my side of the family celebrates X-mas on the 24th. I was excited to see them again – but I was even more excited to taste the delicious braised brisket she brought up.

She served it up with two sauces: salsa verde and creme fraiche with fresh horseradish.

I was in charge of the veggie sides, so I prepared a few of my standards:

Cauliflower fried “rice”

roasted broccoli and bacon

…and braised cabbage.

I was fresh out of lard, so I bought a bottle of macadamia nut oil to use as my lubricant of choice.

Get your mind out of the gutter – I tossed my broccoli with a few tablespoons pre-roasting and sautéed my cauliflower rice in a combination of macadamia nut oil and Kerry Gold butter.

Here’s our final spread:

This was my first plate:

Happy holidays everyone!

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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