Posts Tagged ‘christmas dinner’

a little bit of goose

January 8, 2014

On Christmas day, usually the Big Bird-day in our tradition, my kids, who were visiting, had to catch a train an hour before mealtime (which, in good German style, is around 1 P.M.), leaving me with neither the time nor rest to stand in the kitchen monitoring a goose roast or some other long-winded extravagancy.

I cooked goose breast fillets (skin on) instead – and white cabbage in wine.

Much nonsense about goose breast fillets can be found on the internet. The most objectionable feature of most of those recipes seems to be that they deny the fact that one is cooking goose at all. In order to, as it seems, camouflage the (quite delicious, if fresh) natural taste of the bird, many of these recipes not only seem to go south, but east, west and north as well. (more…)


new fad: freshness laments

January 3, 2008

Tight on the heels of the recent Swedish hamburger-beef outrage, a series of articles about the health risks of the traditional julbord, the Christmas dinner, appeared in the Swedish press. We were informed that this large assortment of ham, meatballs, revived dried fish, pickled herring, smoked goods of various sorts, rice pudding and other mostly preserved foods (what else was there to eat in the middle of the winter in Old Sweden…) is a breeding ground for all kinds of greedy bugs, especially when displayed buffet-style and kept alive by replenishing what’s empty (as opposed to replacing the dishes that have been standing out longest). Such warnings can be helpful. Some of the restaurants might get more cautious, and some of the guests will perhaps stay away from that ominous bowl of sagging Ris à la Malta (which once long ago was called riz à l’amande), and other julbord items that may have had a lukewarm feast of their own in an unobserved corner.

The surviving food journalists are now beginning to post Christmas Dinner recaps. (more…)