Jamie Oliver's comforting turkey stew with homemade papardelle dumplings

Christmas is here!

Christmas ornaments

I have been holding back on the Christmas spirit, since it seems that Christmas comes sooner and sooner each year – this year I saw Christmas decoration in September….September! So I have been holding back. But not any more, it’s the 1st of December and I am looking forward to the next month and everything it brings; Christmas lunches, baking, get-togethers, a trip to Tivoli, gløgg (mulled wine) snow- if we’re lucky and all the lovely Christmas candy.

We are going to my aunts 60th birthday party today, so I will wait to decorate the apartment for tomorrow. I love decorating the apartment, finding all the little Santas and ornaments that I forgot I had and making our home a little Christmas’y.

I am also going to make æbleskiver which is another yummy thing us Danes eat at Christmas time. Directly translated, ‘Apple slices’.  But apples aren’t even an ingredient in æbleskiver anymore. Back in the day,  I think you put a small slices of apple in the dough when cooking them. They are like pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Somewhat similar in texture to american pancakes, solid but light and fluffy. We have a special pan to cook then in. We eat them with jam and powdered sugar. But more on that tomorrow.

Oh I can hardly wait. This is absolutely one of my favorite times of year.

What are some of your holiday traditions?

Happy Holiday everyone!

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