I love Christmas! It’s a special time of year to get together with family and friends for a special tradition.
Since meeting M we celebrate Christmas both on Christmas Day and on Christmas Eve which is the Polish way. I've become quite attached to some of the traditional Polish celebrations too, they're lovely in sentiment and the food is delicious!
This year my parents came over from Tasmania and we celebrated as a big family of in-laws on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Polish Christmas is vegetarian and seafood and we had some of my favourite food. Technically there's 12 dishes, one for every month of the year, including: Barszcz (beetroot soup with dumplings), salatka (a creamy potato salad), gorgeous smoked salmon from the local Polish deli, golabki (cabbage rolls), some lovely fish fillets and of course, everyone's favourite, pierogi (dumplings) stuffed with potato, onion and cheese and some stuffed with cabbage and mushrooms, served with sour cream.
For dessert we had a smorgasbord of cakes - cheesecake, sponge cake, poppyseed cake, wafelki (I've blogged about them before) and a Christmas specialty - kutia. This dish is made from wheat, honey and poppy seeds and tradition says that the more kutia you eat the more wealth will come in the following year. It's an acquired tasted but I quite like it.
And of course, it wouldn't be a Polish celebration without some traditional Polish vodka! My father-in-law brought out a bottle of zubrowka which is flavoured with Bison Grass, they leave one beautiful slender blade in the bottle when the make it. We drank it straight however I'm quite fond of it mixed with good apple juice, it tastes just like apple pie!
Tomorrow I'll publish our Christmas Day summary, so come back then for some more feasting goodness!