Sunday, December 27, 2015

Day 2264 - Christmas Meals

Same, same ... but different.

When it comes to the festive season, the Christmas Day feast is very important to me.  So I wondered as we prepared for our big US adventure whether or not my Christmas Day expectations would be met.

When it comes to my Pennsylvania "family" their Christmas Eve tradition is very different to ours.

Their Ukrainian Christmas starts with a Holy Night dinner that is steeped in history.  Let's just say the food isn't exactly mouth watering, but the story behind it is kinda cool.

In the centre of the table a candle is lit and placed on top of or beside the traditional braided "Kolach" bread. An extra place is set for those who have died and it is believed that souls visit during Holy Night.

The dinner consists of twelve courses which is a reminder of the twelve Apostles.  The meal contains no animal meat but consists entirely of vegetables, grains and fish.

Our dinner included the dishes that have passed through their family over the generations.  The menu was made up of potatoes, Pierogies, haddock, salmon, peas, mushrooms, prunes, bread, garlic, salt, onions and sauerkraut.

It is interesting to the note that the garlic cloves are eaten whole and on their own.  This can be a mind altering experience.

It is also interesting to note that the loaf of bread must be shared in its entirety between all guests starting with the the head of the household and passed around the table with everyone pulling off a piece.

There are no knives and forks used at Holy Night dinner out of respect for the crucifixion of Christ. The entire meal must be eaten with hands or with a spoon.

When it comes to Christmas Day the meal is very similar to the traditional Aussie Christmas meal that I love.  I am all for the cooked lunch with a variety of roasted meats, vegetables, bread and condiments.

This year we had ham and smoked turkey with gravy, a bunch of sides and the usual beer, wine and soft drinks.  The sides were slightly different to ours and I can safely say there will be a couple of recipes I'll be taking home with me for next year.

The big differences for me were the lack of bonbons (Christmas crackers) and the lack of Christmas cake and/or fruit pudding.  Instead we had birthday cake for dessert because 25 December just happens to be the bestie's birthday.

So there you have it. That was my Christmas in food! It consisted of as much love, laughter and cheer as the meals at home plus it also included the mandatory food coma.

I hope your Christmas was as festive as our was. 

1 comment :

  1. Merry Xmas and Happy New 2016! Looks like you've been having an amazing time in the USA :)


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