It’s nearly Christmas and so of course I’m sitting here gobbling macadamia shortbreads. I say of course, as I try and limit my shortbread baking to Christmas as I can eat a whole tray in a day. I love the stuff! And I’m currently comfort eating it as I just tried to add a few more Christmas carols to my iPod and it wiped itself. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN?
Back to the shortbread eating.
Actually, back to the real purpose of this post! It’s not about shortbread. Funnily enough. However it is about Christmas tradition.
I’m being a bit cheeky with this post and recycling a couple I have written for previous Christmases.
I’m participating in a twitter-based virtual lunch club, #LetsLunch, and the theme this month is non-traditional food for the festive season.
We have two non-traditional foods in our family, and when I share them, I often get the “oh, that’s kind of odd” look.
The first is sausage rolls. I can’t remember a Christmas when we didn’t have sausage rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. It’s a tradition that my father introduced from his side of the family. The main part of the tradition is that they need to be home made sausage rolls.
When I was about 15 I volunteered to make them for Christmas breakfast that year, and I have every year since, regardless of where I have been living or who I have been living with. And yes, when I have had Christmas breakfast with friends, I have made and taken them with me.
My recipe has changed over the years – from beef based made only with sausages removed from their skins and mixed with onion, herbs and spices, the year they were made with shortcrust pastry as mum deemed puff to be too unhealthy is the year that is now rarely spoken of (the year they were made with reduced fat puff was even worse), and the time I made them with a large roll of sausage mince when I lived in Canada is also not thought of with fondness (who knows what was in THAT “meat”!).
However I’m now onto a winner – a 50:50 mix of pork sausage and pork mince, lots of fennel, a bit of chilli and a few other bits and pieces. And I only use butter puff these days.
My latest and favourite sausage roll recipe is here. To be served with a blend of tomato sauce and dijon mustard.
Our second family Christmas tradition is piroshki.
These were introduced as a family tradition when I was a teenager, when a friend of mum’s gave her the recipe. They are very moorish little dough parcels filled with bacon, onion and mushroom, then baked. Possibly not the traditional way of cooking as whenever I have bought piroshki commercially there has been no bacon and they have been deep fried. Whatever. I like it our way.
Unlike sausage rolls, these take hours to make. I definitely only make them once a year, and I have to confess, this year I wasn’t going to bother. Family traditions when the family who instilled them in you aren’t around just aren’t the same. However we are now spending Christmas with my cousin who will be in Brisbane this year and she has requested them. Secretly I’m quite pleased 🙂
Onto a quick giveaway!
The beautiful Lisa from Monday Morning Cooking Club invited me to be part of Let’s Lunch, and to say thank you I am giving away a signed copy of their first stunning cookbook, Monday Morning Cooking Club. (Note, this isn’t sponsored, I have two copies in my collection – the giveaway is the non-food spattered copy!).
To enter the comp, let me know any non-traditional foods you serve over the festive season. The winner needs an Australian postal address (sorry international friends) and entries close Friday 19 December at 5pm Brisbane time.
This post is part of Let’s Lunch (#LetsLunch), a twitter-based virtual lunch club where anyone interested can join this monthly ‘lunch date’. A topic is posted at the beginning of the month, everyone now takes it in turns, and all posts are made on the same day by this random but lovely group of food bloggers, writers and people who just love cooking from all around the world.
The topic this month is your own non-traditional traditional food for the festive season.
Anyone can join at any time – just join us on twitter by searching and adding the hashtag #LetsLunch. Check out the others’ posts SOON, they will be right below.
Let’s Lunch posts:
Lisa’s duck confit (I so want this!) at Monday Morning Cooking Club
Betty-Ann’s shrimp and pomelo vegetable salad at Asian in America
Jill’s green bean casserole at Eating my Words
Sonia’s barbecued spiced pomegranate rabbit at Foodnutzz
Annabelle’s rosemary whole-wheat shortbread at Glass of Fancy
Linda’s turkey spring rolls at Spicebox Travels