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I hope y’all had wonderful holidays! The past 3 days mainly consisted of food, food and more food for me, or so it seems. Well, there was also time spent with my loved ones during and in between, but food plays a very important role during Christmas (or any other holiday) in Germany and I guess it’s no different in other parts of the world. As I promised in my previous post, here are some mouth-watering impressions of my Christmas meals.

As the boyfriend and I decided to spend Christmas Eve just the 2 of us, we wanted to cook some awesome food. While shopping Christmas decorations we stumbled over a 5€ cookbook, so we bought it to get some inspiration for what to make. It didn’t take long and we had put together a 3-course meal. To be honest, I didn’t think it would take as long as it took to prepare all the stuff, but by the time the first course was ready I had nearly starved to death and I was exhausted as if I’d just run a marathon or something. It was a lot of fun though and the 3 hours in the kitchen were totally worth it. Here’s a picture of our dinner table including reindeer candle holders and the compulsary bottle of wine.

As a starter, we made a mushroom soup with boletus broth. It had a very strong taste, but in a good way.

For the main course, we decided to have carp which is a pretty common Christmas dish around here. We were pretty lucky to still get some nice filet so shortly before Christmas. The first shop we went to was already sold out, but thanks to the boyfriend’s sister-in-law we found a shop that still had all sorts of fish in abundance. The carp was served with homemade horse raddish sauce which was simply a dream. It was so yummy! It also came with parsley potatoes and lettuce with lemon dressing.

Because we were already stuffed by the time we’d finished the main course (especially me), we decided to postpone dessert for a little and give each other our presents first. The boyfriend totally surprised me with a voucher for a tattoo. Wow! I’ve been talking about getting a tattoo on my wrist for like forever, but I’ve never actually made an appointment. I want it to be perfect and I still need to put in some time to think about the design, but now I have a real motivation to get this done in 2014. I’m so looking forward to it. But back to the dessert: baked apples with a nut-marzipan stuffing and vanilla sauce. I seriously rolled into bed that night. It was a perfect evening!

On Christmas Day, we went to my parents to have lunch with them, my sister and my grandma. We’ve had the same lunch on that day for as long as I can remember and it’s one of my favourite family traditions. We used to have that meal at my grandma’s and she would cook all the stuff by herself, but since she’s getting older now we’ve moved it to my parents’ place, so she doesn’t have to do it all on her own anymore. At first, we had my absolute favourite: liver dumpling soup. My grandma still makes the dumplings herself with fresh liver and it’s one of the most delicious things I’ve ever had. I’d say it’s even something for people who usually don’t like eating liver.

The main course consists of turkey stuffed with minced meat (also made by my grandma) and Spätzle with gravy. Spätzle are a type of pasta from the part of Germany I’m from. They’re usually served with lots of meat and they’re also one of my favourite dishes. If you come to Germany, make sure to try them. You’ll love them, I promise.

For dessert, my Mum made an interesting dish: berry brioche. It’s basically brioche (a French pastry) with different types of berries inside. My Mum likes to try new things all the time and this was definitely something I liked.

Today, we already had to leave my parents. It was a short visit, but we also had to see the boyfriend’s family, so off we went again. I didn’t take any pictures of the food we had today, I guess I was a little sick of all the eating already, even though it was delicious again. We had noodle soup (or noodles with soup as I like to call it because it consists of 99% noodles, lol), goose with red cabbage and potato dumplings, fruit salad, Makówki (a Polish dessert made of poppy-seeds, milk and white bread), cake, Christmas cookies… Now I’m lying on my couch unable to move and I’ll probably stay there until the new year. All the food was amazing and delicious and I loved sharing it with my family, but I’ve really had enough now.

What did you have for Christmas? Do you have any family food traditions?

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