Once again Christmas is approaching, and this year will be very different from usual. Even although it may not be a normal celebration, there’s still no reason why you cannot join in on the celebration. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to whip up some party food that you, and your loved ones, can enjoy.
Before you start baking your party treats, why not make your kitchen a winter wonderland? The kitchen is the heart of the home, and there are various things you can do to make it a special place to cook. This is a chance for you to get creative, and you have a craft day with your little one. You can painting pinecones or building gingerbread houses. You can keep it easy by adding a bouquet of flowers and lighting some candles. This is your kitchen so you must decorate it according to your taste.
Christmas Pudding, England
One of the most traditional dishes you can prepare is Christmas pudding. It was first made in England in the 14th century, and to this day families all over the country still make it. Alongside turkey and pork in a blanket, it is a staple part of English Christmas dinners. It takes a few hours to make, but the hard work of affection is worth it. Brandy butter, anyone?
Of course, countries around the globe have their own traditions of celebration. In Norway, Multekrem is a popular Christmas dessert. It is made of cloudberries, whipped cream and sugar. It’s pretty simple to make but at all times dropping treats.
Did you know that many families in Canada have annual baking parties? Everyone has their own special recipe and at the end of the baking, everybody goes home with their own cake mix. Unfortunately this year you cannot get all of your loved ones together to share the kitchen. However, you can have a virtual baking day and try out one another’s recipes. You still get delicious pastries and enjoy that precious family time.
You may have heard of this traditional dish from Germany. Stollen is a fruit loaf, and is commonly flavored with marzipan. Think of it like hot-cross bun meets fruit cake. It is sold in some supermarkets here but like most desserts it tastes far better when you make it yourself. Bonus: it can make your whole house smell like Christmas while you are baking.
Christmas at all times brings joy during the winter season, and this year more than ever you can spend time making it special for your home. You deserve to make yourself a delicious treat. What’s your favourite vacation food?