I always forget how different Christmas celebrations are around the world because I am so used to my own culture and traditions. I remember my Australian friend telling me that a barbecue on the beach in the blazing sun was normal in Australia on Christmas day, yet the cards and all other paraphernalia had Father Christmas with snow, reindeer and elves. It all sounded so bizarre!
By complete coincidence someone we know is going to be a missionary in Poland for two years. I thought it would be a nice idea to make him some Polish festive treats before he leaves. Here is what Ru and I came up with:
Honey & spice biscuits
I nice twist on gingerbread and perfect to hang on your tree – honey, all spice, cinnamon and ginger biscuits. The pure taste of Christmas…and no, the kids didn’t decorate them. I made them look that bad!
Almond crescent biscuits
These are so buttery and light…and dusted in icing sugar. You can find the recipe here. I think it makes a lovely change from round biscuits.
Hot chocolate in countries like Italy, Spain and Poland is completely different to ours. It is so thick and so gorgeous…and now I know why! The only ingredients are chocolate, full fat milk and icing sugar. No wonder it is so rich and chocolately. You will need a mug smaller than usual and a spoon will also come in handy. I used this recipe here and it tasted exactly how I remembered.
Winter warmer drink
This is an excellent cold remedy, as well as a delicious drink. I love strong flavours, but just to warn you – this isn’t for everyone! You’ll need:
- a glass of fresh orange juice
- 2 drops of clove oil or 3 fresh cloves
- half a teaspoon of fresh ginger
- a cinnamon stick
Best served warm.