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Gooey Lemon Lime Salted Butter Slice ( Toys - manual or machine post)

Asparagus Appero Velouté ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Oeuf Mollet ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Fresh Asparagus ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Strawberry Fool (Temperatures Rising post)

Death and Co (Desperate Target post)

Susie's Tian ( Summer Bliss post)

Spiced Up Chocolate Mousse ( Mummy Porn? post)

Bay Leaf and Lemon Roasted Coquelet ( Pizza Face post)

Cottage Cheese Salad ( Ouch! post)

Sunday Chilli ( Co Co CO Communication post)

Resolution Chicken Soup ( Sunshine and Joy post)

6 Minute Succulent Foie Gras ( Foie Gras Shortcut post)

Carrot & Coconut Spiced Soup ( Charm and Charme post)

Amaretto Chocolate Cake ( Autumn Dash post)

Sunday Supper Fettucini ( Haircut Hell post)

Susie's Fennel Seed and Lime Chicken (The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Nigella's Coconut Rice ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Cherry Tomato Curry ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Old Fashioned ( Navigation Nightmares post)

End of Summer Apple Tart (Keeping Up post)

Warm Ravioli du Dauphiné Salad ( Cold Summer, Warm Salad post )

Pecorino, Tuna, Fresh Basil and Summer Tomato Salad (Salad Days post)

Easiest Dreamiest Dark Chocolate Ice cream ( Beware Pigeon post)

Ginger Kisses ( Mmmwah Mmmwah Dahling! post)

A "Lucky Stiff" Cocktail ( Are we all chambermaids ? post)

Blueberry, Banana, Carrot Smoothie ( Get Thin, Get Thin, Get Thin post)

Chilled Cucumber and Coriander Soup ( Husbands who do Housework post)

Pear, Almond, Dark Chocolate Spiced Coffee Cake ( Go Dutch! post)

Orgasmic Dark Chocolate and Lime Zest Gateau (Loss is Plus post)

Warm Parsnip Salad (Season's Parsnip post)

Champagne and Raspberry Gratin(Champagne! post)

Laksa ( Getting On post)

Cheat's Christmas Cake ( Last Minute Madness post)

Pecan Pie ( The Joy of "Thanks" post )

Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies ( Antumn Brownie post)

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Fudge Cake ( Christmas... Already ? post )

Foie Gras Sauternes Terrine ( Oh, To be a Duck post )

Fig Pear Apple Spiced Almond Crumble ( Linguistic LOL post )

Pepper, Fresh Tomato,Garlic, Serrano, Pasta Shells ( God Give us Parity post)

Lemon Ginger Hot Toddy for Colds ( Husbands with Colds post)

Autumn Tomato Soup ( Big Noise post)

Chocolate Mountain Crisp Cookies ( working, WORKING, Mothering, Exploding post)

Inspired Chicken Liver Paté ( Everything's Gone Retro post)

Spiced Apple Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Butter Icing ( Body Balance post )

Raspberry, White Peach and Limoncello Cups ( Disdain and More Summer Pudding #3 post )

Very Berry Summer Pudding ( Very Berry, Summer Puddings #2 post )

Minted Peach Soup ( Back to School, Summer Puddings #1 post )

Full Fibre Toasted Muesli ( World Cup Fever? post)

Energy Spring Salad ( Energy Spring Salad post)

Chicken Breast Tossed in Basilled Gremolato (Gremolato GOGO post)

Osso Bucco ( Monday Osso Bucco post)

Moistest Almond Expresso Cake with Coffee Butter Icing ( The Cake Which Gets you What you Want...Anything! post)

Red Pepper Tomato Tuna Pasta Bake (Pasta Bake for really Frustrated Mothers post )

Spring Strawberry & Blueberry Spiced Crumble (Dessert for a Spring Evening post )

Quinoa Asparagus Feta Salad (Annual Cringe post)

Lavender Dream Ice Cream ( Lavender Dream post)

Nasturtium, Cream Cheese & Ham Sandwiches ( Flower Power post)

Best Potato Salad Ever ( First Spring BBQ post)

Basil, Chive, Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms ( Portobello Fresh post)

Balsamic Berry Salad ( Berry Power post)

Moist Raspberry and Lemon Zest Dessert Cake ( pre Wedding Supper post )

Mackerel Crumble (Omega Me post)

NYC Pecan and Choc Chip Cookies (MyAmericanMarket.com post)

Stawberry and Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil and Mint ( Salad Days post)

Spring Detox Smoothie ( Incredible Blimp post )

Baked Cinnamon and Orange Zest Cheesecake( On Cheesecake post)

Blood Orange Braised Endives (Beautiful Blood Oranges post )

Egg Free Choc Mousse ( Orgasmic Choc Mousse post)

Timeless Onion Soup ( Mid-Term Suppers post)

Caper, Red Onion & Bacon Tart ( Late Lunch Tart post )

Dale's Poisson Cru ( Don't Tell Them its Raw post )

Duck Sausage Curry ( Mid Week Bangers post )

Easy Crepes with various toppings (Its "Crepe Day" in France post)

Red Onion Tart (Winter Suppers Again - Classic Red Onion Tart post )

Classic NYC Bloody Mary ( Hangover Brunch Cure post)

Pesto Salmon (more Winter Suppers, Pesto Salmon post)

Soothing Lemon Soufflé ( Winter Suppers - Back to easy desserts post )

Mash and Variations (Winter Suppers 3 - The Glory of Mashed Potato post)

Braised Vegetable Hot Pot with Espelette Chicken ( see Winter Suppers 2 post)

French Apple Tart, Unadulterated ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Spicey Chorizo Tomato Spaghetti ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Veal/Veau Orloff, Julia Child (Just what is Veau Orloff post)

Christmas Detox Hints ( Over Christmas post)

Espuma Roquefort, Celery, Panacetta (We Workshopped post) Mille Feuilles Sud Ouest (We Workshopped post)

Gourmet Classic Egg Nog (Christmas Spirit post)

Lemon Roasted Chicken (ps More on Backdoor post)

Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake ( Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake post)

Black Ink Spaghetti with Shellfish (Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia post)

Boeuf Bourguignon, Simple ( Food is Love post)

Smoked Salmon, Dill, Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs (One Plate Brunch post)

Heavenly Green Soup ( Things Green post)

Dark Chocolate & Chestnut Muffins ( see Sunday Muffin post)

Rhubard, Cardomom & Lime Muffins ( Sunday Muffin post)

Date, Walnut & Marscapone, Lemon Zest Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Apple , Pecan, Toasted Rolled Oats Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Susie's Red Wine Sausage Hot-Pot ( see Perspectives Men & Women post)

Mother's Pumpkin Soup ( see 70's Orange post)

Mimosa ( see Back to Brunch post )

Chestnut Panna Cotta

Artichoke Risotto

Risotto alla milanese/Saffron Risotto

Susie's Side Artichokes

Slow Poached Figs with Amaretti Biscuits

Janice's Fig Preserves ( see Getting Figgy post)

Chicken and Prawn Thai Green Curry

Mother's Waldorf Salad

Cherry Tomato and Pistachio Deep Dish Tart

Walnut Tart

Green Crunch Salald

Gorgonzola & Parsley Fettucini

Berry Pavlova

Susie's Pesto - Parsley and Walnut, Basil and Pinenut

Tomato Home-Tapenade Poached Chicken Easy Tart

Susie's Comfort Risotto

Pat's Basil & Corn Soup

Susie's Raspberry & Lemon Zest Tiramisu

Chicken Stock

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Thursday, 10 December 2009

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT


...where is it?


British friend Emma came back to Bordeaux yesterday and told me about her walk down Regent St and all the beautiful Christmas decorations. Today she is going to decorate her home and bake hundreds of Christmas mince tarts..
American friend Janice flashed us an iPhone photo of her "Christmas Holiday Pagent" Christmas tree which she decorated last weekend. A tree of childhood Christmas dreams..
I bought a xmas tree yesterday and spent all afternoon decorating it with my daughter. I drove her nuts with my styalised colour scheme...No, Colombe I won't have green plastic bead chains on my zinc glass bauble theme tree!!
I have baked my sister's wonderful Christmas cake..
There are truly beautiful Christmas fairy lights on the trees down the main avenues in Bordeaux..
I am having a Christmas Treat Cooking Workshop with at least 9 women here in my home on Saturday..


So why aren't we all feeling "Christmassy?"
France is brilliant for almost everything but she just doesn't do xmas like anglo/americans...

The Christmas of my kiwi childhood was Christmas kitch with canned snow and trimmings juxtaposed against clear blue skies and BBQ mentality but there was certainly alot more "spirit" than here. At Christmas we used to feel "christmassy." My mother would bring out all her decorations including a spinning xmas tree that played "We wish you a Merry Xmas," a 50's nativity scene in which the Mary had a tight curly perm under her wimple etc. She would put on her Christmas records...Do you hear what I hear would float across the Parnell sky.

As a school girl the school choir would get on the back of an old truck ( something that would never be allowed here because of insurance!!!grh) and go into the hospital parking grounds and sing carols..as an even smaller child my mother would take me in the trolley bus up to Farmers to look at the giant Santa with his beckonning finger!

December was punctuated by Christmas parties. I can still feel myself sitting at the bottom of the shagpile stairs waiting to open the door for guests and take them upstairs to the living room... On Christmas eve  it was an all day open house, my mother would spend all week cooking and mixing litres and litres of Egg Nog from a 1963 Gourmet Magazine which she picked up in New York the same year. The living room would be decorated with hibiscus and frangapani from our garden..

I understand now after many years in France that the main difference is that Christmas in France is very much reserved for family. It isn't a time to rejoice with your friends.

I wrote in an earlier post that hopefully I could bring something useful to the old country and I believe that all our anglo/american efforts at xmas are exactly this. As off shorers its important we retain our Christmas heritage and invite the french to taste it.

Today, off to the Irish shop to buy crackers and xmas mince!!

ps I also think everyone deserves to at least read my mother's amazing 1963 egg nog recipe.The quantities are unbelievable.



Gourmet's Classic Egg Nog

Beat 12 egg yolks until light and gradually beat in 1 1/2  cups of fine white sugar.
Beat until mixture is light coloured and thick.
Turn the mixture into a chilled punch bowl set in crushed ice.
Blend in 1 quart each of milk and heavy cream.
Stir in slowly 1 1/2 quarts of bourbon, 1 pint cognac and then fold in 12 stiffly beaten egg whites.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup dark rum and freshly grated nutmeg.
Makes about 50  4 ounce servings.

4 comments:

  1. Suzy your post about Christmas Spirit in France is so right. As an American living in France I have always found the season missing something. Your view has made me feel much more positive and I am going to make your mothers egg nog, invite over French friends and show them what the spirit of season means to us.
    Thank you for your insight.

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  2. This is almost exactly my recipe! The first time I made it in France a couple of years ago, all my Anglo friends said "oh, the French will never go for it..." Let me tell you there wasn't a drop left after our French-only cocktail party! I miss singing carols, and driving around looking at houses and yards draped in too-garish lights, even those horrid tacky giant inflatable snowglobes! Oh well, girls, up to us to bring the season-- can I bring Christmas cd's on Saturday? Happy holidays to all your readers!

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  3. Agree with all your comments about christmas in france. Can also add that you are right to stay positive and try and share around our anglo christmas culture. Thank you Suzie for your blog, both hillarious and full of sensitivity. When are you going to write us a book!!

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  4. Alicia, Narbonne5 January 2010 at 17:57

    Your mother's egg nog recipe is quite incredible...I made it for christmas in half quantities and there was not a drop left. Thanks Suzy for your hillarious blog...keep writing!!

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