Saturday, 17 December 2016

Simona’s Cozy Corner of Christmas – Drinks and Food

Christmas always means a lot of great food and drinks. Let me tell you about the ones we get really excited about in Switzerland.

Let’s start with Christmas cookies, we have a lot of special ones here and I don’t even know if they exist in other countries, maybe under a different name. My favourite ones are called “Mailänderli”, all you need is butter, sugar, flour, eggs, salt and a bit of lemon.
Other popular cookies we have are “Brunsli” (some type of brownies), “Chräbeli” (Anise cookies), “Zimtsterne” (cinnamon stars/cookies) and Spitzbuben (normal cookies with jam in between).

We usually celebrate properly on Christmas Eve and not on Christmas Day, we also have the „Christkind“ bringing the presents not Santa. Anyway, the popular dinner in Switzerland is Fondue Chinoise (meat fondue) and then also the soup afterwards with a bit of cognac, because the meat is actually dipped in bouillon (broth) and it’s really yummy.

Our Santa always comes December 6th and he brings lots of food: oranges, mandrines, nuts and chocolate. The kids get really excited about these.

Although it actually comes from Italy and the Italian speaking part of Switzerland we love our Panetone during the Christmas time. Nowadays you can buy them in all kinds of flavours, there is something for everyone.

When it comes to drinks the ONE is definitely mulled wine (Glühwein), I’m in love with this drink, I could drink it all year long. We also like prosecco or some bubbly with a flavoured liquor (like strawberry). Hot cocoa and punches are very popular for non alcoholic drinks.

In general cinnamon is really popular, in drinks, in cookies etc. I’m not a big fan, but there are still plenty of christmassy things for me to choose from.

What are your traditional drinks or meals for Christmas?

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