Archive for the ‘danish christmas dinner’ Tag

Dec 24

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Dec 24 is the big day that every one has been waiting for, of several reasons. The children obviously because of all the gifts which will be delivered by Santa Claus or just the giver after the Christmas dinner.

Let me show you some photos of other reasons to look forward to the evening, “Flæskesteg, brunede kartofler, rødkål and Ris a la manede” the traditional Christmas dinner.

 

 

flaeskesvaer-crackling

The “flæskesvær” pork rinds MUST be very crispy, otherwise the dinner is seen as half failed. I imagine that one of the top seach words at Google around dinnertime, at a level close to cause a server break down, could be “how to make crispy pork rinds”.

brunede-kartofler

Small boiled potatoes on a very warm pan, in a mix of sugar and butter. it is not exactly easy to make, but most of all, very very hot, and a “go away children” project, demanding concentration.

Red salad MUST be like mother used to make it.

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Ris a la mande MUST even more be like mother used to make it. This can be a matter of discussion, since there in most families will be two old mothers-recipe to refer to.

There is 1 almond in the bowl, and though that most guests have eaten enough before the dessert, everyone start the big search, in the hope to find the almond, and get the gift, “Mandelgaven”.

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Thank you for following my December Christmas calendar, which I made again this year because some of you other bloggerstold me that you enjoyed to see it.

Thank you also for the many likes and nice comments you wrote. It all made the dark December and Christmastime a bit more joyful,

I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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December 17

risengrød danish rice pudding

Risengrød – ricepudding, porridge made out of rice, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, with a knob of butter in the middle. This is food for nisser, and almost every child, and a lot of grown ups. According to the Christmas tradition of nisser, it is important to place a bowl with risengrød on the loft, where the nisser lives. We still do that, just in case. Everyone knows how much confusion an angry nisse can create.

 

Recipe in english here

December 16

nisser

Two nisser helping each other carry the RISENGRØD. Christmas dinner has to be planned soon. The menu is:

Wikipedia:  In Denmark the traditional Christmas meal served on December 24th consists of either roasted pork, goose or duck. This is served along with potatoes, red cabbage and plenty of gravy. It is followed with a dessert of rice pudding, often with an almond hidden inside, the lucky finder of which is entitled to a present referred to as the almond gift.

Wikipedia forgot an important part of the dinner: the sugar-browned potatoes. Small white potatoes, covered with melted sugar, this will make them look brown, and the name is “Browned potatoes. They are made by melting sugar at a pan, until it looks brown, then put the boiled potatoes into, and turn them around until the sugar stick on them.

I also have to point out, that the MANDEL GAVE – almont gift , and the rules of how to get the almont, ( and especial how to get the gift), can course some discussions, if two familys are celebrating Christmas dinner together. For the most with laughter. The gift is traditionaly a marzipan-pig, with a red ribbon.

The dessert is not RISENGRØD, but RISENGRØD with whipped cream, vanilla, and almonds,- and cherry sauce.