Christmas food around the world…

by | Dec 18, 2015 | Blog | 0 comments

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So who’s started cooking or baking for Christmas? 🙂 We bake all year round, but the gingerbreads come out in force around this time of year… I’m so looking forward to making a gingerbread house with my daughter this year… it’s something we do every year. Ours would never win any prizes but it’s a part of our family tradition at this time of year…

Growing up, Christmas-time meant brochettes and fries (at our local riverside restaurant), cinnamon rolls provided by our Canadian friend and, if we were in England at the time, iced Christmas cake 🙂 In more recent years, since being in England, American pancakes covered in golden syrup and sprinkles have become a special occasion breakfast, and Stollen from our local Lidl is a Christmas staple too… I favour croissants for a Christmas-time breakfast too. The variety of festive foods reflect the variety of culinary traditions we’ve loved over the years…

As we reach the run-up to Christmas week, what festive foods do you find yourself making? What traditions do they represent for you and yours?

Food is just one of the many ways we connect and reconnect to cultures we’ve enjoyed as part of our lives. One of the first things my Polish neighbour did for me as we were getting to know each other was cook for me… wonderful 🙂 And when I’m feeling ‘homesick’ I dig deep into my recipe book for some West African foods from my childhood. How do you reconnect to cultures past, and start new connections with cultures yet to become familiar?

If you are feeling disconnected to the cultures around you, food is a good starting point! If it’s proving more challenging to feeling ‘at home’ in the community around you, or your past cultures feel uncomfortably distant, get in touch. Life Story could help you harness your life experiences to better ‘plug in’ to the lives of those around you.

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