A Traditional Japanese Pasta Christmas Dinner

Well, it's our tradition anyway.


Each year we have Christmas dinner at one of our favorite restaurants - "Wordsworth" which is named after the poet. We used to lunch there fairly often before we started sailing and eating at Mama's.

Wordsworth is an Italian style seafood and pasta restaurant. For a few days at Christmas time, they offer special set meals for dinner - reservations only.

Kimie drank Perrie water with ume juice and an ume fruit in the glass (ume is Japanese plum, which is more like an apricot if you ask me, and is primarily used for making ume liqueur).

The meal began with Bagna Calda, a hot dip composed of hot olive oil, garlic and anchovy, along with raw vegetables to be dipped into it. Then came uncured ham with tomato and mozzarella cheese. Kimie had foie gras while I enjoyed stuffed horned turban shell. After that there was a prawn salad, and before the main course, a frothy cup of soybean soup.

For the main course, Kimie had pasta with squid. I chose pasta in cream sauce with spinach and oysters topped with salmon roe.

Dessert - a wine glass with chestnut puree on coconut ice cream, and a long straw-like cookie. Finally, biscotti and gateau au chocolat with coffee or tea.

Another excellent experience at Wordsworth. I wonder what they will dream up for next year? Daffodils?

If you are still hungry for food pictures, you can read about our 2008 Christmas dinner, which featured different dishes, here: Le Delizie Gastronomici Della Festa

Happy Holidays


HappySurfer said...

Food looks delicious! The portions are so dainty.

PandaB, best wishes to you and Kimie for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Pandabonium said...

And to you HappySurfer.

Dainty portions they may appear, but they add up to feast. ;^)

Don Snabulus said...

I like the concept of courses (or tapas in Spanish cuisine). A little bit of everything is a wonderful thing. I am glad you enjoyed your Christmas dinner. We had our traditional Norwegian lutefisk dinner with krumkake for desert.

Thank you for showing us such a lovely meal.

Pandabonium said...

Don - yeah, a little of everything is a good way to eat. I don't recall ever trying lutefisk, though I understand it is popular in many parts of the US and Canada.

Lrong said...

My friend... belated xmas and happy new year to you and your loved ones...

Pandabonium said...

And to you professor! So nice to find your comment.

Martin J Frid said...

A week late (or 51 weeks early) but here we go, happy holidays!!

Now, for some of that krumkake, Don!

WV: alutgra (what they do to get the lutefisk to Go Right Down)