Alas, this will be another post devoted mostly to food, but it’s worth it! Being away from our families means that we have to make the traditional Christmas food ourselves. The two biggies to get right are Baked Potato Soup (Norman tradition) and Monkey Bread (Stewart Tradition). I’m happy to report that both turned out exceptionally well.
We spent Christmas Eve morning in the kitchen together. The first task was frying up the bacon, which we purchased HERE from a French butcher. Then on to scooping out potato guts, shredding Mimolette cheese, and chopping green onions. After that, you just have to stir a pot for a couple hours and you’ve got a dynamite soup! It was a huge hit yesterday at the Christmas Eve dinner organized by some of our friends from school. Luckily, we still have some left over.
This morning (Christmas), Keely got to work on the Monkey Bread. Thankfully, we were able to use a friend’s breadmaker to prepare the dough. It was quite a mess with melted butter, cinnamon, sugar, flour, and bread dough everywhere — but it was WORTH IT. What a delicious Christmas morning treat!
Any day that starts like this is going to be a good one! The smell of bacon is a rare one in our neck of the woods!
Gathering materials for Potato Soup -- notice the mountain of potato guts in the bowl on the table. Also note the pile of green onions...
Keely is hard at work with the soup. It's quite a workout to stir continuously for 2 hours! We tag-teamed it 🙂
The gathering for Christmas Eve dinner. We had lots of fun and ate some delicious food. We invited our friend Elisabeth from our language class and she came! She's just to the right of Keely.
We made a breakfast casserole since we had a little extra bacon. Scrumptious!
Keely's magnificient Monkey Bread. I like this tradition... 🙂