Fêtes . Dinners of Holiday. Many IDs, change of style.

A few ideas for holiday menus. Japan has a month to celebrate the end of the year with Bonenkai (funerals of the old year) parties. In other places, Yule, Noël, Xmas and New Year in many places. Add, yours…
I like trying different dishes and meal styles.

Take a hot cup of thé de Noël and enjoy :

Rétro Christmas, candlelight and rustic.

Simple appetizers.
Jambon en croute aux marrons (chestnut ham pie)
Provence’s style : 13 desserts of Christmas night
Nougat glacé (iced nougat)

Kani Nabe (crab hot pot)
Winter Japanese home parties are often nabe (hot-pots)
Japanese hot pot with Winter crab
Other nabe (hot pots) :
Nikomi Udon
Duck and veggie nabe

Noël blanc
Everything white, and French flavors…
Full Menu White French Christmas
Boudin blanc (white pudding sausage was little people’s Xmas treat, DIY)
Blanc-Manger (Middle-Age style, not a dessert)
Canard aux airelles (duck with cranberry sauce)
Gateau Mont-Blanc (coconut Antilles’ whiteness)

A Japanese Christmas menu
chicken and sesame cooking class
marmalade and sesame wings
chicken slices with wine sesame sauce
tofu with wine sesame sauce
decorative potato sarada. (pote sarada)
sesame fruit cake

Mexican Navidad, Tamales
pickles and chicken tamales
yellow grits tamales
tamale pie

Christmas ham, from the Antilles (French Caribbean islands).
Petit jambon antillais (pineapple baked ham)
féroce d’avocat (cod fish spicy guacamole)

Classic French
potage Choisy
Le poulet de Gaston – Dijon chicken (mustard sauce)
bûche aux marrons glacés
Douceurs de beurre et marrons…

Osechi Ryori, a feast of good luck dishes for Japanese New Year, with the recipes. Click here.

Alsace influence. French and light.
Full Menu
Blinis with smoked salmon
Choucroute de la mer (seafood Sauerkraut)
Bûche forêt noire Blackforest log Yule cake
Bredele (season cookies)

Petit Jésus en brioche…
About this one, posts showing up soon :
Colorful first dish
Saucisson en brioche au safran (salami saffron pie)
Red wine red cabbage in rice cooker. The same in cocotte.
Chestnutty no-bake croquettes
Flocon de neige (streusel flocken-sahne). Berry Flockensahne.
Black sugar Nonnettes Kaki nonnettes. Mandarin nonnettes.

The stars of the schwowe (-bredele)

When Schowebredele Christmas season cookies start falling from the trees…

All Alsatian chrissy sweets are bredele, bredela, bredeli, bredelo, bredelu…well maybe not bredelu. This type of nutty sablés are schwowebredele.

On peut en faire de tres differents sur la meme base en changeant les noix et
Pour le glacage, qui est facultatif : sucre glace + jus de citron +
colorant, sucre glace + alcool + colorant, ou chocolat + beurre

Biscuits de Noël
(Schwowe-bredele )

300 g farine
100 g poudre d’amandes (ou de noix, de noisettes, de noix de cajou…)
5 g levure chimique
100 g sucre en poudre
1 oeuf oeuf
100 g beurre (mou)

Parfums (3 exemples) :
1 : cacao en poudre et cannelle
2 : zeste de citron et vanille
3 : eau de fleur d’oranger et extrait d’amandes

Mélanger la farine, la poudre, la levure, le sucre. Ajouter l’oeuf et
le beurre. Ajouter les parfums choisis. Former une pâte avec les
mains. Couvrir.
Mettre une heure au frigo.
Etaler sur 2 millimètres. Découper des formes.
Cuire au four 10 minutes à 180 degrés

Etoiles. Vanilla and lemon.

Sapins. Orange blossom and almond.

Baking is a sure way to travel in times and places… That puts me at the age of 8, in the North-East of France, helping the grandmas. Every year, they tried the impossible challenge of filling all their huge cookie tins a while before Christmas. Due to some hidden holes in the bottom of the boxes, they never stayed full and some new batches had to be baked in the last busy days…