So, tonight, what is technically the “third day of Christmas” according to the traditional calendar, finds our family in the Great White North (Canada). This is my Home and Native Land and we are here for Christmas round two with the Canadian relatives.
I LOVE coming home to Canada. There are so many things that are great memories for me of growing up here, especially around the holidays.
I never did have “three French hens” (a la “The Twelve Days of Christmas”). But I DID learn to love some French (Canadian) foods, even though our family isn’t French Canadian. (Kind of hard to get away from French in Canada, you know. It’s on everything from signs to shampoo bottles.)
But that just served to give me a love for the language, I think. That and sitting through French class every day from kindergarten through twelfth grade and two years of university!
But I digress. This is supposed to be about food, not language.
Here are three French-Canadian foods I love at Christmas (with links to recipes I use personally!):
1. Buche de Noel (pictured above) – Yule Log. Hillary made this one for her French class Christmas party at school. She made another one for our family on Christmas Day. Yum! And especially good because it’s a wheat-free cake; perfect for our gluten-free Tim.
2. Tourtiere – Meat Pie. Made with ground beef and sausage and seasonings in a traditional flaky pie crust. Ooh la la!
3. Split Pea and Ham Soup – we make it the day after Christmas using the Christmas ham bone and leftover meat. Super!
Check ’em out … try ’em out … let me know how you like ’em!
Joyeux Noel … et Bonne Année et Bonne Santé!
(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year/Good Health to You!)