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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Logique-logical.

Since this is a 'Gourmet/Gourmande Weblog', it's logical that I will be busy over this period of the year, and indeed - I AM! Not too busy however to thank you all for your support and visits over the time (21,445) - not bad  for the type of Weblog and the short period it has been available! I hope you will continue to support me, and I will be coming up with some new ideas for next year ...........
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Saturday, 14 December 2013

treize desserts......thirteen desserts


Tradition has it that around Christmas, the treize desserts are eaten here in the Provence area.
Mainly, in fact, entirely made up of fruits and products of the area, they are greatly appreciated.
Because of their fabrication costs, they are expensive, nowadays, 'candied' fruit (whole) is not cheap. Even these - the 'mendiants' (beggers) of the 13 are expensive (nuts etc being very limited in quantity)
Français : Mendiants des 13 dessertsFrançais : Mendiants (beggers) des 13 desserts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteen_desserts

 the modern day system has kept   closely to the old one with certain exceptions.
Wine was not particularly counted as one of the 13 - it was present anyway...!

Dried fruit and nuts


Four beggars
The first four of these are known as the "four beggars" (les quatre mendiants), representing the four mendicant monastic orders:DominicansFranciscansAugustinian and Carmelites.[3]

Fresh fruit

Most of the following have been added over time, dependant on your pocket book.....and because they are all made in the area.

Sweets[edit]

  • Two kinds of nougat, symbolizing good and evil[1]
    • Black nougat with honey (Nougat noir au miel), a hard candy made with honey and almonds
    • White nougat (Nougat blanc), a soft candy made with sugareggspistachioshoney, and almonds
If you can find some or all of these things, and with your own local products of chocolate and other, try it - on a separate table, it makes a nice change from the rich meat and other Christmas things, and can replace, happily, the nibbles to go with the aperitifs. 
Incidentally the Germans have a much smaller but similar tradition.... http://www.vistawide.com/german/christmas/german_christmas_traditions.htm   German Christmas foods & recipes:
Dresdner Stollen | Glühwein | Lebkuchen | Marzipan | Plätzchen | Pfeffernüsse 
Vanillekipferl | Springerle | Spritzgebäck | Zimtsterne 
Nowadays, they also put marzipan fruits and chocolate items on a large dish apart from the table for eating. Game, Goose, Duck Chicken and more recently Turkey is available, often with red cabbage.
Try it - it's great stuff, and different!

German Christmas traditions | German Christmas carols
Bonne Appétit et Bonnes Fêtes.
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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Advent 2013 - food.....

Stollen - Germany's Oldest Christmas Tradition  http://www.germanfoodguide.com/holiday-christmas.cfm
The Germanic speaking countries celebrate considerably more the 4  Sundays of Advent than elsewhere in the World. Every town and village has it's 'Weihnnachtsmarkt' (Christmas market) lasting from 1 day to 4 weeks (Nurnberg)....and each Sunday is a bit special Christmas Cookiesregarding the food. German descended, mainly in USA also celebrate these days.

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Advent
Advent is a very important part of the Christmas season in Germany. For Christians, Advent-time is the four weeks before Christmas and represents the waiting for the birth of Christ. For non-Christians, Advent is a time to prepare for the Christmas celebration. Advent is celebrated on the four Sundays preceding Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.
AdventAdvent (Photo credit: kathleen_jowitt)
The time of Advent is filled with many traditions in Germany. The Advent-Wreath (Adventskranz) is a very important part of Advent-time. It has four candles and each Advent-Sunday a candle on the wreath is lit to represent Christ, the Light of the World. Equally important, especially for children, is the Advent-Calendar. This is a calendar with 24 tiny doors that counts down the days until Christmas. Everyday a door is opened. Behind the door can be a cartoon, a small toy or gift, or candy or chocolate. Advent is also the time to decorate the house for Christmas, both inside and out. This time is also used to bake Christmas cookies, cakes, and other sweets. We have listed many of the traditional baked goods and sweets (right) that are so well known throughout Germany. 
A very important day for children during Advent is Nikolaus Day (Nikolaustag), December 6th. On this day, Nikolaus is said to pass by and leave the children candychocolate, fruits, nuts, or small presents in stockings or boots that they've placed outside the front door for him. Historically, Nikolaus represents Nikolaus von Myra, a bishop from Asia Minor (Southern Turkey), who died on December 6th in the 4th century. Not too much is known about this man, except that he was known for his kindness and good deeds, especially toward children.
December 24th, Christmas Eve, is the last day of Advent. On this day, many people go to church or attend a midnight mass. Also, many families choose to exchange their Christmas gifts on this day.
Christmas Markets

Christmas Market
Photo: © Markus Langer - Fotolia.com
   
In the weeks before Christmas, many cities throughout Germany, and in the U.S., offer an open-air Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlemarkt, Christkindlmarkt or Adventmarkt ). Historically, these markets used to be "Winter Markets," where visitors could take care of winter necessities. But over time, these changed from Winter Markets to Christmas Markets and are now a major part of German Christmas tradition. Read More >>**********
You can find the German style Advent dishes on the above link, from Goose to Carp.....
I've kept this article with links to German (in English) sites, since they have the largest variety, and celebrate the most...  http://germanfood.about.com/od/adventandchristmas/

All I can suggest is try some of these things and have a good time over the 4 Sundays coming up! The 4th Sunday is Christmas anyway, and all 4 candles should be on the table and lit!


                                        English: Advent wreath, First Advent SundayEnglish: Advent wreath, First Advent Sunday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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