Ordering a Holiday for One

Last year I posted about spending the holidays alone. It wasn't happy about it but I wasn't bitter about it. Each year there is progress.

This year I am appreciating, and relishing, my quiet holiday.  This is the first year I've wanted a real tree although I don't think I'm going to do it (I don't own any decorations etc and I hadn't budgeted for it and I have other plans on the horizon so...maybe next year...maybe I'll pick up some decorations in the post-Christmas sales). While everyone is running around to their various parties and hectic shopping I'm sitting with my feet up and cup of tea and you know what? It feels darned good. It's quiet. It's peaceful. And I'm liking it. A lot.

One thing that I wrote about in last year's post was how I have a different meal every year. It's become my Christmas tradition. And I have to say I'm really liking it. Last year it was Spaghetti Carbonara and it really was quite perfect. It was rich, decadent, went well with wine and very easy to cook for one person. I'm not totally feeling it for Christmas this year (although, quite likely for New Year's). I feel the need to do something different.

But the different still needs to fit the same way. It needs to be something appropriate for a special occasion. It needs to be something that is easy to make for one person (that rules out any form of roast beast). It needs to be something I can actually get the ingredients for (eg. tamales are out because I can't figure out where I could get corn husks). It needs to go well with wine. Ease of preparation and minimal mess are appreciated but not a requirement. And it needs to not replicate a traditional Christmas dinner (so out with the Cornish hens).

I'm very picky.

Right now I'm leaning towards something Mexican. To me Mexican food is celebratory because I try to always have it on my birthday. Maybe a mole... But I don't know that I *want* a mole. Ahhh the difficulties in finding the right holiday meal.