My Christmas Lunch 2011

Wish you all had a very merry Christmas… December is such a month of celebration… the birth of Jesus Christ and time to be together with our family. We really did had a great time on December 25th. My in-law hosted a grand Christmas feast, food is all Italian… delicious!

This year Milan has a very bright and shine weather… 2-6c with sunshine throughout the week. We didn’t have a white Christmas but it was alright. The time with family was more precious… what a year we had.

Our Christmas feast… lunch of December 25th, 2011.


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Antipasti (starters) : we had different kinds of cured meat, salami and hams.
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Side dished: pickles and different kinds of vegetable.
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Anchovies
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Tartine al Salmone: toasts with butter and salmon
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Tartine: little square pieces of bread, spread with patè (spreadable meat paste) and garnished with vegetable or pickles
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Patè: a mixture of ground meat with herbs and spices into a form of spreadable paste. The recipe of my father in law was to cover with gelatin and chill it in a fridge for a couple of days.
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Salsa Verde: vegetable paste made with fresh parsley, anchovies, onions, salt and vinegar.
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Primo: our first course was ravioli stuffed with ground meat.
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Secondo: chicken with potatoes and salsa verde. On Christmas day, chicken meat is preferred to be from female chicken (hen), in Italian it is called “Gallina”.
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Grandmother of my husband loved this part of chicken, yes… it is bottom! She said, back in the old days it was not easy to find. You would have a buy a whole chicken to get this part. I think it is true until these days. They don’t sell chicken’s bottom in the supermarket, you will need to buy a whole one… the question is “how many people want to eat that part (chicken’s bottom)???”
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Another side dish: Gallina in Gelatina
It is chickent torn in pieces and soaked in gelatin… garnished with pickles.
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Gorgonzola and mascapone cheese mixed together, garnished with walnut: It is cream spread, which is quite popular in North Italy.
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Dessert: Panettone pudding
It is made from Italian festive bread “Panettone”, sliced in to pieces, layered with chocolate and vanilla pudding.
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Pandoro (big loaf of bread covered with icing sugar): it is traditional bread in Italy, which is widely sold during Christmas and New Year.
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We love to have Pandoro with sweet mascarpone cream.
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We exchanged our gifts after finishing our big meal… what fun!

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Our Christmas lunch was very long… lasted from 12:30pm until 6pm with 14 attendees including hosts. It was a long hard work to prepare but I bet the joy that came out of it was paid off wonderfully. Wish you all a great time during holiday season… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012!

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