Epiphany Feast

For the past couple of years, our family has rounded out our Christmas season by celebrating Epiphany on the 6th of January.  This is traditionally the end of the Christmas season and the "12 Days of Christmas" happen in between Christmas and Epiphany.  We like to invite some friends to come celebrate with us and eat a big meal. 

This year we had a ham that was part of our share of pork that we purchased earlier this fall.  The pig was raised by friends of ours only about 20 minutes away from our house!  You can really taste the difference in the meat.  Even if we hadn't already visited the farm and seen how well the pigs were treated you would know the quality by tasting the meat!  I made a glaze for the ham by blending honey, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, apple cider vinegar, and half an orange in my Vitamix. 

Accompanying our ham were some roasted veggies (squash, and brussels sprouts with bacon and cranberries), yams (pureed with a candid pecan topping), and mashed potatoes.  Mr. Forager came up with a winning punch combination using some of the Ft. Langley Cranberry Festival cranberries I juiced in my steam juicer and canned this past fall.

Since there was nothing in my list of Fannie Farmer pies that really matched the traditional galette des rois I just made one quickly using David Lebovitz's recipe and some frozen puff pastry from the store.  Puff pastry is something that is on my list to learn how to make, but there wasn't any time to figure it out this time!  Something funny also happened to my filling for the galette and it ended up spilling out the sides all around and actually looked like it was the crust of the tart instead of the pastry above it!  Even if it looked a little funny, it was still delicious.  I will definitely make it again from this recipe next year, but maybe find a better source (or make my own) for the puff pastry.

I hope you all had a happy Epiphany whether you celebrated last Friday or not!