I am not sure if it’s the warmer weather, work, but this year Christmas has arrived very fast…a little too fast for me to be honest. I had to scramble to get most of my gifts done and there are still some “should I have bought a present for…?” unanswered questions, but I figured Santa is not the only one sending gifts, there is always Father Frost that can deliver
late presents. Santa and Christmas were banned in communist Romania, so instead they came up with Father Frost (Mos Gerila) who delivers presents on New Year’s. Unlike, Santa, who in my childhood used to make a physical appearance (my parents had a mask, hat and they would usually find some red cloth to wrap up a neighbor in :-)), Father Frost was not to be seen so it could take some time before the presents were discovered. I remember one year, Father Frost, brought me an umbrella and he left it hanging on one of the Christmas tree branches, which caused the tree to swing quite a bit. Needless to say, that one year I got my present very fast 🙂
So it would come to no surprise, that my Christmas cooking dishes haven’t been picked yet! Will I go with some of Bon Appetit’s Classic Christmas dishes, will I pick a holiday roast recipe from Saveur, will I go for pork which is a Romanian Christmas staple, or will I pick other meat, or maybe even veggies…so many options! One thing is certain, there will be lots of hopefully delicious food, and I will probably experiment with some new recipes. Why settle for tried and true recipes, when you can try new untested dishes? 🙂
If you’re in my situation, let me recommend my last Christmas meal’s star, this prosciutto wrapped stuffed pork loin, which was really delicious and easy to portion. Everyone marveled at its beauty and taste!
When it comes to dessert, you can’t go wrong with any of my cookies/dessert recipes, and some are high on my top posts list this week as expected.
Regardless, I am sure whatever you will cook/buy/order will be appreciated by your family and friends, since quite often over the holidays, the company is more important than the actual food 😉
I am very grateful for all of you, my readers! This blog has come way further than I expected it to when I first started. I wish you wonderful holidays. Stay safe and warm if living in colder climates. Consider giving some of your time to listen to your friends, volunteer, or if your finances allow you, giving to the ones less fortunate.
May Santa bring you what you want most, but even if he doesn’t, it seems your happiness level won’t be affected much as shown in this TED talk 😉 I think it goes to prove why kids who believe in Santa are much happier Christmas day, than teenagers/adults that have stricter expectations 🙂