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What? It’s Already Holiday Season?

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Hi friends, how are ya?

Life is crayzay over here: Writing essays, chasing a toddler around, going on the hunt for food (I’m living on junk convenience food lately), battling a cold and the usual daily shenanigans.

I also still have this big guy to work something out with:

He was supposed to go as Jack’o'Lantern on Halloween, but never made it. ;)

Pumpkin Pie Brownie coming up on the horizon.

For now, I just have to work on my last essay before exam season starts and then I am DONE! Can you believe it? This girl is finally getting her degree!

In other news: It’s Thanksgiving in the US today and this means it’s only 1 month until Christmas! If you’re already getting into the Christmas Spirit, feel free to check out last year’s Christmas Food.

Also:

Swedish Christmas Ham

Swedish Christmas Dishes

German Mulled Wine

Your turn: What is your favourite Holiday Food? Any fun or uniquie ideas that you want to share? Feel free to leave a comment, I love hearing about your tips and tricks and try new recipes!

If you’ll excuse me, I now have to go and be very, very thankful for my son, who played and entertained himself while I just had to take a few moments and stare at my laptop screen without having to think. I hope this semester is over soon, because this mama needs a break!

 

 

Holiday Food: Part 2

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Hi guys, how are you?

I know it’s been a month since Christmas, but I still wanted to share the rest of our Christmas Food. You can read more about our Christmas Ham, if you’d like. In addition to our Swedish Christmas Ham, we also had a whole bunch other food.

Of course, we had to start the day dinner with a warming mug of mulled wine.

Glögg/Glühwein

My Mr. Awesome updated the recipe a little bit (more cloves, cinnamon and cardamom) and it turned out even better. While sipping on the Glögg we had a few appies (shrimp hors d’oeuvres, smoked salmon, roast beef roll-ups – sorry, no pic) and Swedish Christmas Ham.

We also made our own meatballs:

Köttbullar: Swedish Meatballs

Among the side dishes, we had oven omelette (ugnsomelette) topped with Chanterelle Sauce (Kantarellstuvning), Jansson’s Frestelse (baked potato dish with anchovies, onions and cream) and baked tomatoes (in case someone would have preferred some veggies during this meat and carb-heavy day).

front to back: oven omelette with chanterelles, Jansson's Frestelse, baked tomatoes…

… and sausages.

Unfortunately many of our friends left before we even had the desserts finished and out on the table… :(

Tomtekladdkakor (Santa Hat Brownies)

Inspiration for the Santa hat brownies here and here. I also made a big kladdkaka (sticky chocolate cake, similar to a brownie) as well as sugar cookies.

Originally we were even planning on offering crackers, cheese and grapes, because we didn’t want our friends to leave hungry, but we ended up with so many leftovers and totally forgot about it. I just  hope none of our guests left hungry…

We had a lot of fun this past Christmas, and I can’t believe that this week is already my birthday/the little guy’s 5-month birthday. The holidays went by so fast, yet I’m still blogging about it at the end of January… What can I say? :D

Goofy photos: I had to test our new camera, right? :)

Well, only 11 more months till Christmas 2012, haha!

Our first Christmas tree as a family!

Anyone else also not realizing how fast time goes by???

Read more:

Christmas Food: Part 1 – The Ham

Mulled Wine

Holiday Food: Part 1 – The Ham

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Hi everyone! How have you been?

I know it’s already the new year and Christmas was over three weeks ago, but I really wanted to share our holiday spread. Since our family lives in Sweden and Germany, we decided to bring at least some Swedish food into our kitchen. And because life with a 4 and a 1/2 month old can delay things a bit sometimes, you had to wait until mid-January for this post. :D

Cheers!

We started with various appetizers (shrimp hors d’oeuvres, roast beef roll-ups, smoked salmon), and one of our Christmas must-haves was a Swedish Christmas Ham (which we brined and baked ourselves).

We brined and baked the Christmas Ham ourselves this year!

After the first round of baking…

… the fat needs to be removed…

… and then it is topped with a mixture of mustard, egg and breadcrumbs, before broiling it in the oven.

In Sweden, the ham is eaten on buttered crisp bread (Wasa, if you can find it) with sweet and hot mustard.

Like this:

Christmas Ham on buttered crispy bread and mustard

The ham was definitely one of my favourites and not only because I spent so much time planning and making it, but because it turned out pretty good, even though we did have a few issues making it. It was a little grey, because we didn’t use saltpeter in the brine (just salty water). If you buy ham at the deli, it is usually pink, because of the added saltpeter (and I don’t want to know what other preservatives they use). The other thing was, that I bought an organic ham at Whole Foods (next time I’ll go to a butcher), that was originally bone-in, but I asked the meat guy to remove it and tie the meat up tightly. Well, he didn’t tie it up tight enough, so we had an air pocket in the center of the ham, which messed up our baking time. No problem, though. It tasted great anyway. :)

We had lots of other food, too, so check back soon for Part 2 of our Holiday Food.

See ya,

Susan