Christmas means spending time with the ones you love and celebrating the birth of Jesus. We are giving each other gifts to make the ones we care about glad. It also means eating A LOT. There is a saying in Norway though that it doesn’t matter what you eat between Christmas and New Years Eve, but rather what you eat between New Years Eve and Christmas and that is why we are going to shape up, start going to the gym and eat healthy after New Years Eve. Anyway, let’s forget about that and focus on the fun part since it is still Christmas namely all the delicious food.
I wrote a little bit about the dinner traditions in Norway during Christmas and now I will elaborate further what we eat.
The breakfasts are long and lazy. We are preparing a lot of food which is quite unusual for me since I am not used to eating that many things at once. I have learned though that the clue is to eat only a small portion of each thing in order to taste everything. I was pretty surprised when I saw this for the first time but now I am keeping more and more up with this part of the Norwegian Christmas traditions
I must say that as a Brazilian there are some things included in the Norwegian Christmas breakfast that I find weird. My father-in-law just love pickled pork with vinegar and mustard. He uses something called lompe as a bread with the pickled pork. Further on, as you can see on the picture below there are also some common things included such as karbonade, cheese and off course the smoked salmon which is a speciality here in Norway. Norway is as many know a huge exporter of salmon and the quality of the products is something that I cherish a lot about living in Norway.
This breakfast is repeated every day during Christmas with some exceptions off course. The two first pictures are from today where we also made waldorf salad and the last picture is from yesterday where the pickled pork is included.
Now we are preparing the cod for tonight’s dinner and I must say that I am looking forward to have some fish before continuing with lamb tomorrow. I love fish and specially the salted cod that I will tell you all about later tonight after dinner.
I hope you are enjoying your holidays so far.
Much love <3 <3