Today is beef wellington day!
It became beef wellington day four or five years ago when my husband and I decided to try and make beef wellington. The thing about such a dish is that it is a bit time consuming. There is searing, resting, wrapping, chilling, more wrapping, then more chilling. Then, there is baking and a final resting. It’s a multi-step process that isn’t difficult just fussy.
The other thing about beef wellington is, it’s expensive. There is a beef loin and prosciutto. You don’t want to skimp on the mustard or mushrooms. And if you’re going to all this work you should make tasty sides, have good dessert, and nice wine.
All-in-all beef wellington is quite the affair. So, after we made it the first year and discovered its magic along with its hefty price tag. We agreed that we would make it once a year on or very near to January 14th-the first day we ever made it, and beef wellington day was born.
Given that January 14th fell on a Tuesday, we celebrated beef wellington day a bit early this year. It was a scrumptious day as always. We learned new things about the process like we do every year. It’s hard to remember your mental notes when it’s been a whole year since you did something last. But we still managed to remember and even make improvements.
This year I also made the classic English dessert of sticky toffee pudding to round out this year’s culinary event. I have to say it was a triumph!
January used to be my least favorite time of year. But these days it’s actually a time of year I look forward to, as my husband and I spend the snowy, cold weekends cooking up old favorites and trying new dishes. I remember when we first tried beef wellington. I didn’t think it was going to be worth all the fuss, but I was wrong. It’s why we celebrate it once a year and continue to try new things even if we aren’t 100 percent sure because we have found ourselves surprised on numerous occasions. And these experiments lead to things like beef wellington day being born.
So even if you aren’t into cooking maybe January 14th can be a day to just try something new in life and see what happens!