Since I’m unable to cook everything I want for the blog every single month, I have enlisted the help of a friend of mine to bring a little more variety. Every month or so, Andrea will share some of the links that have caught her attention the most over the past few weeks. Andrea loves to cook as much as I do. She also tries hard to findÂ new, exciting, and healthy things to feed her family. She always finds the most interesting and intriguing (not to mention delicious sounding) recipes, so I knew I had to share her with you all. Enjoy! -Darla
Hi everyone! This is Andrea again! You may remember me from my post back in October? Well, I’m back again, with more delicious recipes to share with you! I’ll be making my way here every month or two to share some of the wealth of links I’ve saved up, just a few at a time, so keep an eye out for me!
The holidays are here again! Personally, my life is crazy hectic right now, and adding Christmas to the mixâ€¦well, it just got more crazy hectic! Somehow,Â in the midst of it all, I still manage to find time to browse recipes online. I must feed the addiction that I was telling you all about a couple of months ago.
We celebrate Christmas in our family, Â and we decided years ago to do our holiday gathering first thing Christmas morning since everyone has so many places to be that day, and so many meals to eat with their other families, so why we do breakfast! Itâ€™s fun and different, but we can still have a traditional ham for our meal just like almost everyone else does. Or at least I thought everyone else did. Over the years Iâ€™ve learned just how differently Christmas is celebrated by others. I especially enjoy learning what other cultures do for Christmas. I like to see what kinds of food they eat the most, though! You know…since Iâ€™m a food addict!
I’m fortunate enough to work with many Hispanics, and I’m even more fortunate to get to eat some of the food they bring to work. Itâ€™s a definite perk of my job! My favorite is definitely tamales! They are so good! I was surprised to learn that tamales are usually served at Christmas, though. They require so much time and effort that they are reserved for special occasions. I decided this year I want to make some tamales for our Christmas! I know I’ll be cooking for breakfast, but thatâ€™s ok,Â in many countries,Â tamales are eaten for breakfast too.Â I tried making them once before, and they were ok, but not great. This time will be different, though: I found a new link to try out!Â I canâ€™t wait to try making them again. These look like they’re going to be just what I need to succeed. I canâ€™t wait!
Researching tamales made me curious about what people in other countries eat for their Christmas meals too. I found a few recipes that piqued my interest, and thought Iâ€™d share them with you!
In Ireland one thing youâ€™ll find on everyoneâ€™s Christmas table is Irish Soda Bread. You donâ€™t need to look far to find a great recipe for that! Sugarbear posted one on here back in March that is awesome! Click here and youâ€™ll have the recipe at your fingertips!
In England they serve something Iâ€™m a bit hesitant about, but Iâ€™m still intrigued by. I just havenâ€™t quite grasped the concept of it yet. If youâ€™ve had this, Iâ€™d love to hear your thoughts about it. Itâ€™s called Bread Sauce. Here is a recipe for it that I would consider reliable since itâ€™s Nigella Lawsonâ€™s! I used to find her fascinating when Iâ€™d watch her on Food Network. It may just be the accent, though!
I definitely had to find out about Greece because I just love Greek food! Olives and feta cheese are two of my favorite things! Once I noticed the sweets, thatâ€™s all I could look at. This baklava really caught my eye, especially since I love baklava so much. Itâ€™s something Iâ€™m very intimidated by, though, so itâ€™s been on my list of things to try for quite some time now. I will try it eventually…really.
Appelflappen just has a nice ring to it! When I looked up Dutch food this is what I discovered, and it sounds delicious! This recipe could definitely make itâ€™s way into my familyâ€™s traditional Christmas meal. I doubt anyone would be disappointed by it!
My kids have German in their heritage from their fatherâ€™s side of the family. Also, my dad was stationed in Germany while he was in the army so I thought Iâ€™d look to see if there is anything that sparked an interest there. Mulled wine is something that I thought sounded really good, and could add just a little something to the adultâ€™s meal. Of course my kids canâ€™t have it yet, but if I start making it now Iâ€™ll be an expert by the time they are old enough to enjoy it, right?
No matter how you celebrate your holidays, you can certainly enjoy these recipes. I hope you all have very happy holidays, and a safe and happy New Year, as well. Enjoy the links!
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