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Previous years’ Christmas recipes

I’m baking this year as well, but here is a look back to previous Decembers.   French Christmas Sablés (I admit I had my concerns of the flavour, but they grew on me as I ate. When I had guests, these biscuits disappeared very quickly.) Jewish cakes (Always a big hit) Norwegian …

Lussekatter

It’s December 13, or Saint Lucia’s day today. What better day to make Lucia buns? The recipe has been translated and adapted from this one.   Ingredients 50 g yeast 500 ml milk 150 g butter 250 g quark cheese 2 dl sugar 0.5 g saffron 0.5 tsp turmeric 1.6 …

First Sunday of Advent

A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright; A candle of Hope in December’s dark night. While angels sing blessings from heav’n’s starry sky Our hearts we prepare now, for Jesus is nigh.

Gingerbread Ice Cream

Gingerbread became a bit controversial in Norway last Christmas. Mainly because it is called pepperkake (i.e. pepper cake) and a lot of the recipes don’t contain pepper. Hence, it is linguistically wrong. We’re a small country. We like to argue about things like this. In English, the ginger is very …

Dangerous pastimes

Ikea in December is a dangerous place if you’re trying to be healthy. They have a gingerbread and gløgg-stand every five minutes, and even if you just ate… You will be inspired enough to partake in goods from all of them.

Picture of the month: December 2012

Last year’s Gingerbread house, seen from the top. Although the houses were successful from an aesthetic perspective, they were less good to eat a month after they were made, when they were as hard as Hagrid’s rock cakes. This year, we’ll use the pre-made versions and decorate them instead.

Video: Dinner for one

Dinner for one is traditional “Little” Christmas Eve, ie. December 23, watching in Norway. It airs around 8 o’clock in the evening. And it is almost always as fun each year to watch them toast and the stumbling of the butler. In other parts of Europe, it airs on New …

Norwegian Christmas songs: Vi tenner våre lykter

Marit Larsen, Kråkesølv and the Norwegian Broadcasting Channel’s version of Vi tenner våre lykter. The song is from the television advent calendar, Jul i Skomakergata, which was very popular in the 1980s and 1990s, and I would estimate that quite a lot of 20-30 year olds in Norway know this …

French Christmas Sablés

For my work computer, I tend to use Chocolate & Zucchini’s delicious-looking monthly desktop calendars. I get tons of nice comments on them from co-workers who stop by, and they’re absolutely droolworthy. I get in a better mood just by looking at them. When I noticed that the December wallpaper …

Gingerbread House

For a long time, we used the pre-made Gingerbread House-sets. My mother does not care for melting sugar to the point of caramel to glue gingerbread pieces together, and having a pre made set made the process easier. She just delegated it to us. My sisters and I have talked …

Norwegian Christmas Decoration: Christmas hearts

The pleated Christmas hearts is a Christmas tree decoration staple in Denmark and Norway. They’re allegedly going back to Hans Christian Andersen, and are fairly easy to make. Since the look of it changes depending on which kind of paper you use and the look of it. Traditionally, red and …