Saturday Snippets…5th December 2020…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets...Christmas is coming and fast…I love all the Christmas tales and trivia…My cake, pudding and mincemeat are all done…This year as my Nigella bread was/is so successful I decided to deviate from my normal cake recipe and follow Nigellas Christmas cake recipe…This one contained chestnut puree I will let you know of course when it’s cut how it tastes but it looks and smells good and getting fed(Brandy)…

Now we are in December you can safely say that Saturday Snippets will have a sort of festive theme to it…No surprises there…If you have Christmas Jumpers you like to share with us I, of course, have a corner for those…any Christmas favourites I am happy to put in “The Christmas Corner”…so don’t be shy ..share away…

Christmas Corner:

Father Christmas or Santa Claus is what I have always known the man in the red suit as…Not so in the rest of the world, Santa goes under a few different guises…

Today I am going to take you on a little trip around the world just to give you a flavour of the foods served and how some of the customs vary from what we know..all very interesting, some delicious foods and the different names our beloved Father Christmas is called…

Santa Claus is someone who will remain in the hearts of children forever. He is the make-believe person ( or was he?) who brings toys and other gifts to children at Christmas.

Santa Claus also has some other names: Saint Nicholas, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Pelznickel.

Two of his names — Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas — both come from the Dutch who settled in New York long ago.

The Dutch believed Saint Nikolaas gave gifts to children. They honoured this kindly saint with a yearly festival on December 6th. The English-speaking people who lived nearby greatly enjoyed Dutch festivals. And they brought the saint and the custom of giving gifts into their own celebration at Christmas time.

England, of course, knows him as Father Christmas… Turkey, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Brussel sprouts, mince pies, Christmas pudding and trifle being favourite foods at Christmas.

In Brazil, he is called Papai Noel… or Bom Velhinho (Good Old Man).

The Christmas meal is also served on the evening of the 24th rather than the 25th and consists of a Chester( chicken)  Salted cod balls, no roast potatoes but cold potato salad and instead of gravy farofa, a mix of fried cassava flour and chopped bits of crispy bacon. Cabbage is replaced by kale heavily flavoured with salt and garlic.

A custom in Brazil which I am sure that many would love to have that same custom where they live is that it is common in Brazil to get a ’13th salary’ at the end of the year – i.e. in December you get twice the normal amount of pay for that month!

The idea is to help boost the economy around Christmas. This has been going on for decades and most people don’t even question that other countries might not do it!

Favourite Christmas foods in Brazil include pork, turkey, pork, ham, salads and fresh and dried fruits. Everything is served with rice cooked with raisins and a good spoon of “farofa” (seasoned manioc flour.) Popular Christmas desserts include tropical and ice cream.

Hawaii the jolly, white-bearded man is called  Kanakaloka he, however, does not wear the traditional red suit we all know and love but flowery Hawaiian clothing…

And on the Christmas menu here it is a traditional lu’au, complete with a pig roasted in an underground pit, chicken long rice, lomilomi salmon accompanied by the traditional Hawaiian music and Santa arrives in a red canoe…

How cool is that???

In Hungary, the  Winter grandfather( Mikulas) comes on the 25th and only to good children and there is no jolly Mrs Christmas but a scary assistant called “Krampusz”…

Christmas fare in Hungary is Fish soup, stuffed cabbage, fried fish and rice, other meats(Pork, Chicken) an elaborate fruit topped Christmas cake, gingerbread cookies, Bejgli with walnut or poppy seeds( which is the traditional Hungarian Christmas cake)

India Baba delivers presents from a horse and cart and of course, the menus are spicy with spicy dumplings and curries, Biryani, poda, mathri and lots of other yummy sweet dishes.

Lastly, in Italy, he is called  Babbo Natale… Doesn’t it just roll off the tongue???

There is no Christmas like an Italian Christmas…Christmas Eve sees the feast of the seven fishes swordfish, tuna, salmon, octopus salad, smelts, calamari, spaghetti with clam sa

Christmas Eve sees the feast of the seven fishes swordfish, tuna, salmon, octopus salad, smelts, calamari, spaghetti with clam sauce and the famous Italian classic—salted cod, known as baccalaFollowed by the sweet treats galore biscotti, pandoro, torrone (nougat candy) and almost always a candied loaf of panettone…

The Christmas day lunch lasts for hours..those Italians can certainly eat…

I think I will stop there… Because after Christmas there is Boxing day..phew that is some eating fest…

I hope you enjoyed this little trip around the world…

Wellness Corner: with Sally Cronin…

This week Sally explores the health benefits of Majoram…something I use in my cooking but not as an oil… it was lovely to read about the benefits and uses of the Majoram oil. This what I love about this series I am learning something new from each post #recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/12/03/the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-aromatherapy-marjoram-essential-oil-muscles-and-stress/

Bloggers Revealed:

This is a new little spot and each week I will feature a blogger whose post delighted me, shocked me or brought me to tears…It could be that they are so funny. it could be that I learnt something or it could just be…

This weeks shout out goes to a fellow blogger…John Rieber…John never ceases to amaze, thrill, shock with his posts and mostly I come across things I had never heard of, eaten or even dreamed that they existed …his posts are always a pleasure to read…

I use alcohol to deglaze my pans, to flame my Christmas pudding when I make Crepe Suzettes…John takes it one step further…The Fyre Burger…Yes, a flaming Burger…

This Burger’s On Fire! Here’s The Incredible Video Of The “Fyre Burger!” The “LKSD Kitchen” Sets Your Burger Aflame!

Let’s have some music…A tune or two…

Silent Night is one of my all-time favourite Christmas Carol’s  The song has been recorded by many singers across many music genres… “Silent Night” has been recorded at least 733 times over the past 36 years alone.

Over the next weeks, I will bring to you my favourite versions of Silent Night…For example Stille Nacht or the one by Sinéad O’Connor, Michael Buble, Rod Stewart so many more even Justin Beiber …

Composed by Franz Xavier Gruber with lyrics by Joseph Mohr it was performed for the very first time on Christmas Eve in Austria in the year 1818.

Christmas Adverts:

One of the highlights of Christmas for me …

John Lewis’ iconic Christmas advert is yet to hit our screens, but one alternative ad made by YouTuber Sam Clegg has already had the nation in tears. The heart-wrenching advert – which cost nothing to make – tells the story of a man and his dog. The alternative ad, which features Sam’s dad, has had more than one million views since Sam posted it to YouTube last week.

You will need tissues…a boxful…x

Conservation and recycling:

I think Christmas is one of the worst times for waste and the amount of packaging we need to recycle…Please think hard before you buy as much of it is either non-recyable and will end up in landfill…

Present wrapping …there are good alternatives…For some low waste Gift Wrapping Ideas head over to the Zero Wast Chef…

Decorations please think before you buy can you make it or can you make do…My Christmas decorations have come all around with me and are trotted out year after year and most have a story attached…memories of times past or people…

A few years ago buying someone a CD was something we all did at Christmas or Birthdays…We had a huge CD collection and still have a few…we do however now have digital platforms and they have taken off quite well…I was reading a blog post the other day, listening to the music..yes it was a music post and the author of the post gave some statistics he had unearthed…

Did you know?

  • To manufacture a pound of plastic (30 CDs per pound), it requires 300 cubic feet of natural gas, 2 cups of crude oil and 24 gallons of water.
  • It is estimated that it will take over 1 million years for a CD to completely decompose in a landfill.
  • People throw-away millions of music CDs each year!
  • Every month approximately 100,000 pounds of CDs become obsolete (outdated, useless, or unwanted).

Please head over to Wills and read the post on how you can dispose of your unwanted CD’s FOR FREE and how Will has altered his home and made it more environmentally friendly…  while you are there check out the tunes as Will always delights with his choice of tunes and his own versions…All in all, it is a lovely joyous seasonal post.

https://amusicalifeonplanetearth.wordpress.com/2020/12/03/silver-bells/

Did you know?

Turkey…In the Uk approx 76% of homes serve up a turkey …in the US it is a staggering 46 million turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving and 22 million at Christmas but at least you can just put the turkey in the oven and enjoy your celebrations…

Not so easy for some  …The Puerto Rican national dish is the roast suckling pig known as lechón, and this almighty beast needs the more-or-less constant attention of at least two people as it slowly turns on an outdoor spit from as early as two in the morning.

To wile away the long hours cranking the handle …  a coconut shell full of coquito, a festive Puerto Rican spin on eggnog made with coconut milk, condensed milk and a hearty dash of rum is somewhat of a consolation…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippets…xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe …xx

26 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…5th December 2020…

  1. Jennie

    Carol! What a wonderful post. I dearly loved all the different names and customs for Santa. The man and dog advert was a tear jerker. I loved, loved Will’s silver bells post and John’s burger post. You gave us a full smorgasbord of good cheer. Looking forward to more!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Jennie I am happy that you enjoyed the post..Yes tissues were required and I totally agree about Will’s Silver Bells and John always comes up with something weird or wonderful…Enjoy your week, Jennie 🙂 xx

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  3. petespringerauthor

    So much good stuff all around, Carol, but it’s hard to comment on anything else after watching the touching video of the man and his dog. I’m not ashamed to say I’m in tears as I type this. The love between human and animal runs deep.

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  4. Jim Borden

    Thanks for sharing all those Christmas traditions around the world. And I’d like that 13th salary I did in Brazil 🙂
    And thanks for sharing that silent night video at the mall, that was wonderful. It
    I will be looking for the new John Lewis commercial this weekend!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I thought the Silent Night video was great …I also love Christmas Traditions lots more to come this month, Jim…and a few more versions of Silent Night…Enjoy your weekend 🙂 x

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  5. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

    A fun an entertaining post as usual Carol! I was thinking this morning that I need to start wrapping present but certainly don’t want to brave a store just for paper, so I decided that this year I will use just newspapers to wrap my gifts. I have plenty of those!

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  6. beetleypete

    Thanks for your world tour of Christmas festivals, Carol. My wife calls me the ‘Bah Humbug of Beetley’, as I think Christmas is for small children, and the rest of us should naturally grow out of it! The excessive commercialism wears me down, and add to that a week of dire TV programming, and I am wishing away that last week in December before it even starts.
    We are eating at a restaurant in the afternoon of the 25th, but will probably still have our own turkey for Boxing Day, and the sandwiches and turkey curry that follow. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      You are welcome, Pete…The only reason I foster some Christmas spirit here is for the two grandkids and it is difficult as Christmas is not celebrated here but at least we don’t get the merry go round of advert after advert which means the kids generally only ask for one thing …The Thais don’t like too many toys their argument is you can’t eat them…Food is the centre of their universe so presents at any time are either clothes(because) you need them or food related which makes them happy …I vaguely remember the Christmas shows all repeats and I am sure it hasn’t got any better…Have a great weekend, Pete 🙂 x

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