Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Cooking

This week it is time to start planning for the feast of the Nativity. While the preparations are far less involved than those for Pascha, there are still menus to be planned, grocery lists to be written, and shopping to do. The Nativity liturgy in our church is celebrated at around 10pm, which means we usually arrive home after midnight. There are many special traditions we have that go along with this evening, starting with the arrival home. The kids go check the Nativity set, to see the arrival of baby Jesus. We then move to the tree, where they each open one present, a set of special Christmas pajamas (so mommy can enjoy color coordinated photos on Christmas morning :). Then after everyone has donned their new Christmas pajamas, we move to the kitchen. The table has been set, and the feasting begins. Over the years we have slowly found our favorite snacks (that mommy can make ahead and reheat easily :) for this breaking of the fast, and every year my kids look forward to the same special treats. So, here are the recipes that have made the cut over the years.

boiled custard - this recipe comes from my Dad's mother, and has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember. My kids enjoy it served cold in a tea cup with a candy cane for dipping!
mmm, sausage puff pastry, quick to reheat, and so good!

cheesy phyllo triangles, again, pop in the oven for a few minutes and enjoy!

and the ultimate treat - one I only cook for Cheesefare, Pascha, Thanksgiving and Christmas -sweet cream cheese stuffed dessert crepes, served with homemade hot fudge and whipping cream

Stay tuned for the rest, Christmas morning breakfast!


Pres. Kathy said...

Boy I am getting hungry! I love cheese puffs and crepes. I hope you have a blessed Christmas.

leah said...

I am so far from having any set traditions for celebrating Nativity but do hope on making some soon. Thank you for the inspiring details, and I look forward to following these posts.

Anonymous said...

Loving these posts! I haven't had time to prepare our Nativity menu and recipes. (I can't imagine why! ;)

We'll be having boiled custard and sausage puffs after the Liturgy. Thank you for the recipes. They're in my notebook.

Anna said...

glad to share! and thanks for all the great recipes you have shared -my kids LOVE your potato soup recipe, and we have also enjoyed the fish tacos so much!

DebD said...

oh man! I am so borrowing these recipes. Our parish doesn't celebrate Nativity until the morning so I want to have something that is prepared ahead and then heated up when we get home - or easily re-heated.