Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! To me, Christmas has always meant having a lot of fun. When I was a kid, my sister and I were always so excited to put up the Christmas tree and decorate it with beautiful, wooden ornaments. We would decorate the windows with homemade crafts and make our cozy house completely Christmassy. Those are wonderful memories! But the holidays weren’t only about a house full of Christmas decorations… The holidays always meant (and still mean) delicious food and lots of it!
A friend of my parents was a hunter. Sometimes he would shoot a hare or a duck for us out in the Frisian meadows. My father would start preparing three days in advance in order to make the most delicious Christmas dinner. And, of course, we could taste all that energy and love that went into the food. What a feast! My father is a wonderful cook. In addition to the meat, Christmas dinner would usually include stewed pears, new potatoes, endive and my father’s homemade Russian salad. It was delicious!
These days I celebrate Christmas a little bit differently. I still always put up a Christmas tree in my apartment every year, preferably by the end of November. And I also get into the kitchen quite early to start baking tasty Christmas breakfast cake, cookies, cupcakes and my favorite pumpkin spice granola. But the reason that I get started so early is that I’ve been spending Christmas away these past few years. Even though I love family traditions, I tend to skip the holidays. For me, the holidays are the perfect time to travel. My food coaching practice is less busy around this time as my clients want to celebrate and enjoy lots of good food. In January, everyone picks up where they left off and so my work begins anew, haha!
I also love to travel abroad to find inspiration for new recipes. Christmas is the best time for this as in Asia and Australia, for example, winter is the best season for food. This year, my sweetie and I are going to Bangkok for an Indian wedding of friends of ours. Afterward, we’ll be heading to Sydney. I can’t wait to try all of the delicious local food and be inspired. Of course I’ll miss our family dinner and all the great conversations and hot chocolate under the Christmas tree… But admit it, 30°C weather and a cocktail underneath a palm tree doesn’t sound too bad either!
Have a very Merry Christmas & see you next year !