The ham is done, gone, eaten by us, the lab and as many friends as we could feed it too.
The last bite I had of it was in a pasta dish sharing the spotlight with cauliflower.
First I steamed a head of snowy white cauliflower broken into florets. As the water boiled I sauteed a small chopped onion in a little olive oil along with equally small cubes of the ham. Then I added a few cloves of finely minced garlic, a scattering of crushed red pepper and the steamed cauliflower. I cooked orecchiette pasta in the same water I used for steaming and when done combined all together in the saute pan. A few grinds of black pepper and salt, okay and a splash of heavy cream just because I had some in the fridge, a generous handful of fresh Parmesan cheese and a coating of toasted bread crumbs.
Did it need the ham? No, it would be just as fulfilling without it, but it didn't need the cream either....
You all noticed I didn't make any New Year's resolutions didn't you?