Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas 2013: Otherwise Known As My Holiday Food Diary

I took an unannounced break from blogging for the past week, oops! It was probably the longest consecutive amount of time that I didn't write on my blog :( It was accidental- in the midst of packing, preparing for a Hamburg weekend, and celebrating the holidays with boy's family in his hometown, it was all I could do to take photos and keep up with the pace of life. I ate my way through the holidays, and I've got the photos to prove it:
A delicious Victor Hugo steak at the local Landgasthaus Lockemann, a converted farmhouse-turned-restaurant serving the local people since 1871. 

My side salad that was surprisingly delicious but unfortunately didn't get too much love from me whilst the steak was calling my name. 

The boy's half-duck with Knödel (dumplings) and jus.

The table's bounties. 

It isn't a proper dinner unless there is crème brûlée.

The next morning was spent decorating the tree with traditional ornaments and edible goodies. 

Ta daaaa.

I popped over to the local Christmas market but after experiencing the elaborate versions of Munich's, it was super quaint.

Lunch was various sausages, satisfying the carnivore in me...

...with sides of Bratkartoffeln (chunky potato slices with a caramelized top)...

...and my favorite: Grünkohl (stewed kale with bits of meat). 

Preparing for the Christmas Eve dinner.
Hot oil fondue with veal, pork, and beef.

A fluffy vanilla mousse with milk chocolate shavings.

In Europe, the presents are opened before the actual Christmas Day.

 I guess I was a good girl this year 

Christmas Day lunch goose preparation!

 European Christmas Day food is pretty much a variation of American Christmas food (or vice versa?!). Just substitute the goose for the turkey, Knödel for stuffing, and Rotkohl (red cabbage) for cranberry sauce. Brussel sprouts and sweet chestnuts were also consumed, and apple sauce adds a bit of acidity to the meal. 

The Aftermath.

Afterwards, bringing out the old family photos are key. I managed to capture this gem of a photo ^_~

I wish you and your family a cozy, loving winter celebration! Happy holidays!

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