|The butcher who sold us 3 ducks. He wants me to send this photo to him!|
Here are some scenes of the local market. I love everything I see. I could really live there, minus the cold. We bought 3 ducks from the Mr Butcher here - he gave us the recipe in German over the counter - stuff the ducks with apples and onions and roast it at 180C for an hour.
We then went to our friend Anika's parents house where we would commence cooking. There I saw these 4 red candles and was told it is a tradition in Munich to light one candle every Saturday in December. Apparently, it's practised by Christians there. I've never heard of it despite being a Christian myself.
We munched on Anika's homemade Christmas cookies throughout the afternoon as we cut and cooked. They looked as pretty as they tasted and I like them in this deep cake tin.
This is a really interesting appetiser to have - dates wrapped in bacon and roasted in the oven for a mere 10-15 minutes. It's for guests who are hungry before dinner but of course, everyone helped themselves generously to this! I'm so going to try this...and very soon.
|Free-range ducks. They're huge! And certainly not cheap. But they look very well cleaned to me.|
|Sandy got these apples harvested a few months ago. I love them for being so imperfect!|
|My wonderful friend Sandy who organised the dinner together with Anika and her mom. We cooked everything in this pretty little kitchen.|
|Shredded organic fennel, drizzled in extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice, then tossed into a salad of oranges and toasted pine nuts. Super nutrients in a bowl!|
Here's my carved duck!
Now, what's this? Potato au-gratin? I remember it looking really rustic on the table. I need to go back and ask Sandy about this one.
I got too busy with my truffle oil mushroom soup which I got polite reviews on. Personally, I liked it. I used Jamie Oliver's mushroom soup recipe and it felt like I got closer to how he had intended the soup to taste because I was using ingredients from his region! My fussy-eater son went back for a second helping.
OK, so we had some professional help in the kitchen!
It was a wonderful dinner and such a joy to share food with my friends and their families. And look what they gave us for Christmas - a cute basket of home-made sauces, cured German cheese, local ham, and a whole bunch of munchies and goodies to last the holiday. Everything in it made everyday feel like it's Christmas.
And a very special gift just for me - a cheese grater for EVC! Now I can act like Jamie Oliver if I can't cook like him, kekeke! I so love this thoughtful present. And we are all so in love with Munich now!
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