On or around the 6th of January, to celebrate the 12th day of Christmas also known as the Epiphany, and to mark the end of the Christmas celebrations, we share La galette des Rois (the Kings’ pie), a puff pastry… Read More ›
Christmas is always epic at ours. Well, at my parents’ to be more exact. Over 2 weeks, we meet around 50 close family members, give or take a couple depending on who could or couldn’t make it to our ‘Lorraine natale’, we run around like crazy at times, and eat our weight in spritz and bûches (the local Christmas pudding). Although it can be slightly tiring to say the least, we always end up with great memories and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We have just arrived in France from the UK to kick off 2015 festivities. Let’s see what this year brings…
The Bredele contest is on!
Tonight, a couple of cousins turned up with presents for the kids and a plate of their very own Christmas bredele, nicely wrapped, on a beautiful plate. We are tucking in as I type. The Spritz Bredele contest continues. And… Read More ›
Christmas and Boxing Day
Christmas and Boxing Day were truly about sharing: 1. Best wishes via cards, text messages, e-mails or Facebook. For obvious reasons, one extremely kind message from Muslim friends in Iran particularly touched me this year. 2. Time with elderly people… Read More ›
In a little village far far away, close to the German border, Christmas Eve is one of the most anticipated events of the year. This time around, we brought with us a great British tradition. Our girls would not let… Read More ›
Or when the Continental Touch goes wild… Christmas lights originated in 19th century Germany, in christian homes. Back then, a tree was lit with candles in upper middle classes homes. The illuminated Christmas tree started appearing in the United Kingdom… Read More ›
Christmas food shopping
‘French supermarkets are crazy’, declared my husband after a short trip to one of the most popular shops in ‘my’ area. Its size, the range of products available, having to queue for twenty minutes in front of the fish monger section… Read More ›
Christmas Spritz Bredele recipe
Spritz Bredele Christmas cookies are popular in the North East of France (Alsace-Lorraine) and in neighbouring areas of Germany. Their origins have been traced to the XIVth century in cities and villages situated along the Rhine river. You’ll find hundreds… Read More ›
Greek Christmas – Kourabiedes recipe
Kourabiedes (κουραμπιέδες) are traditionally baked in Greece for Christmas, or occasionally for other family events like christenings. In some parts of the country they are flavoured with Maticha (a liquor from Chios) or decorated with a clove, which symbolises the… Read More ›