From writers such as Victoire, Count de Soligny, Washington Irving and Charles Dickens among others, we get a vision of festive Christmas dinners that include an enormous roasted beef, Boar’s head with bay leaves and rosemary, peacock or pheasant pie, turkey, mince pies, plum cakes for kids, and the medieval inspired Wassail bowl for adults.
Only a few of these traditional foods remain today. Although, as we saw while shopping on Monday at Fortnum and Mason’s, a savory Christmas pie might include Goose and chestnuts, usually the foods we eat are not so dissimilar from those eaten on Thanksgiving.
When I think of Christmas foods, I tend to picture gingerbread and chestnuts, Brussels sprouts, Yorkshire pudding, eggnog and mulled wine. Lately, I’ve been enjoying baking and experimenting with new recipes, such as a gingerbread bar made with crystallized ginger. So yummy!
This year, I intend to try making Sugar Plums.
A fabulous looking recipe can be found here.
I know everyone has unique holiday food traditions. I’ve even seen Lady B disappear into the kitchen to supervise her Christmas preparations. What are yours and what will you be having tomorrow for your Christmas dinner?