Christmas celebration Dutch-style
December 28, 2011 12 Comments
It is not an exaggeration if I say that at least 50% if not more of the Dutch did “Gourmet” for Christmas dinner. Gourmet in the Dutch way is the exact opposite of what the French mean with this term. From Wikipedia, Gourmet is defined as a cultural ideal associated with the culinary arts of fine food and drink, or haute cuisine, which is characterised by elaborate preparations and presentations of large meals of small, often quite rich courses. The term and its associated practices are usually used positively to describe people of refined taste and passion.
Gourmet Dutch style on the other hand, requires very little preparation except for the slicing of the different types of meat (beef, chicken, pork, turkey) or they can also be bought pre-sliced and gourmet-specific from the supermarkets that will later go into a Tefal grill-like cooking stove that runs on electricity. Then, there are the different types of sauces to prepare, oftentimes the shortcut is to get the powdered sauces that can be mixed with mayonnaise.
Compared to Filipinos like me who love to toil in the kitchen for hours to prepare the Christmas dinner (in the Philippines, roasted pig called lechon, fried chicken, noodles, various types of cakes, fruit salads, meat rolls, ham, etc. will be at the dinner table), the Dutch like to keep things easy. The least time that is spent in the kitchen, the better it is for them. Hubby for instance, can prepare a complete Dutch meal in 20 minutes. I need twice that time although I’m now learning to cut corners but still not top hubby’s 20 minutes.
With the busy week we had at work and the rather little time to make dinner plans, I was very happy that my parents-in-law suggested to have Gourmet at their place on the first Christmas day. By the way, we observe 2 official Christmas days here being the 25th and 26th of December. Hubby’s birthday will be on the 31st of December anyway, so I’ll be doing the dinner then.
We enjoyed the lovely Christmas dinner. The dinner was also adjusted to Francesca’s preference with pancake also cooked in the Gourmet stove. Mam Sil and Francesca made their own pancake mix. There were also several types of fruits (kaki, mango, melon, pineapple), bread and salad vegetable. Dessert was ice cream.
What about you? How did you celebrate your Christmas dinner?