Friday Five: Festive Foods

As posted by reverendmother at RevGalBlogPals:

Well friends, we’ve covered advent, music, and movies/TV–but we here
at F5 HQ would be remiss if we did not acknowledge that quintessential
holiday topic… fooooooooood.

1. Favorite cookie/candy/baked good without which, it’s just not Christmas.

I like a really good sugar cookie, in a Christmas-y shape, with buttercream frosting. I don’t always get it, but I really, really like it. I would never think of eating them any other time of year. I’m hoping to make some today. But I was also hoping to make them yesterday, and the time did not allow.

Do you do a fancy dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, both, or
neither? (Optional: with whom will you gather around the table this

Christmas Eve is too complicated, as a mother/pastor, for a fancy meal. We used to go to the grandfather’s house, but that party has been moved to an earlier date the past few years, which is actually better in a lot of ways (for me, that is).

Last year I made a pot of beef stew on Christmas Eve, which we enjoyed in front of the fireplace. But this year the kids will be staying and eating with their dad that night, so I have no idea what Pure Luck and I will do.

On Christmas Day, the kids will return in the late morning to open presents, and we will be joined mid-afternoon by my sister-in-law, Wonderful, with her two children, as well as The Father of My Children and his friend. We will serve turkey, tofurkey for a young vegetarian and the Festive Christmas Meat Loaf (Pure Luck’s favorite).   

3. Evaluate one or more of the holiday beverage trifecta: hot chocolate, wassail, egg nog.

I don’t think of hot chocolate as a holiday drink, since I drink it at a lot of other times, too. Wassail I’ve never had. Eggnog is good in a latte at Starbucks.

My mother’s cousin Jimmy was famous for his eggnog, and his family had an open house every Christmas Eve at which it was the great feature. But I was never allowed to go. I think there was some intoxication going on, and my parents were protective. So I had always associated eggnog with places I wasn’t supposed to go until I had it in coffee and loved it.

4. Candy canes: do you like all the new-fangled flavors or are you a peppermint purist?

There are new-fangled flavors?

5. Have you ever actually had figgy pudding? And is it really so good that people will refuse to leave until they are served it?

No, and I can’t imagine it’s any good at all. Probably as bad as fruitcake. Bleh. Give me a Bavarian Cream or a Chocolate Trifle, our dessert items for this Christmas!

17 thoughts on “Friday Five: Festive Foods”

  1. I would love to have hot drinks more often, but down south, we don’t have them often. Too hot most of the time!
    Meat loaf does sound good!

  2. The reference to Jimmy’s Christmas eggnogg hit me right in the chest and gave me a little sob. It’s been a sad year for them.
    Jane Austen’s Village had a long history of very strong eggnog. My great-grandmother (who died long before we were born, but was a poker-playing, scotch-drinking hoot named Daisey) had an eggnog recipe that was part of family lore, and the beginning of many holiday stories that I now suspect were cut short for my benefit. (And we wonder what people did in the days before video.)
    Once, when I was a young teenager and dying to recreate old Christmas traditions, I asked if I could prepare Daisey’s famous eggnog. My mother, not thinking, said yes, and my father held her to her promise even after I presented myself in the living room to request that they retrieve a vast amount of bourbon and brandy from the liquor cabinet. And then they let me drink it! Yuck.
    I’ll drink a toast to you and yours this Christmas, but not with eggnog. Cheers!

  3. I really need to eat before reading these posts…slobber is so hard to get out of a keyboard.
    I’m a meatloaf lover too.
    I have an uncle who used to make a potent Nog as well…now that I think about it…my sainted Grandmother always got quiet after that made it’s appearance. LOL

  4. Okey-doke. I am ready for the Festive Meatloaf recipe. I have an image of soemthign that looks like fruitcake, but is actually meatloaf…very colorful and eye- appealing with red and green stuff, and some lovely decor on the side. Totally soemthing for Soutehrn Living

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