Christmas in Canada

Christmas  Celebrations

Someone special making his entrance on Christmas morning. Neil Diamond’s Christmas album had to be playing, by request.

 

 

I hope all of you had a lovely holiday.  As this week was a little different, I decided to share some moments from my holiday with you, and a few recipes that we enjoyed along the way.  It was such a treat to spend the week with my family- it was definitely the greatest gift this year! 

Christmas Eve

December 24th also happens to be my Aunt & Uncle’s anniversary, so we had a little celebration for them.  Wanting to keep it simple so that we could spend the time getting caught up with our family, we put a crock pot on early in the morning and had pulled pork sandwiches for everyone to eat (featured in my November 30th- December 6th post).  We also ordered sushi from a local spot to have for those less pork-inclined.  I was also craving some good West Coast Sushi.

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Toasting to my Aunt & Uncle

 

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The cousins enjoying each other’s company

 

Christmas Morning

My aunt made a delicious breakfast bake, actually titled “Christmas Morning Wife Saver.”  The recipe comes from an old line of Canadian cookbooks, called the Best of Bridge.  I made my favorite, Creme Brulée French Toast.  I love both of these recipes because they are easy to prepare and are made the day before, allowing us to sit and enjoy our coffee with family the morning of.  I urge you to try these recipes anytime of year- maybe New Years Day?

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Savoring Christmas morning breakfast (complete with coffee & mimosas)

 

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Creme Brulée French Toast

 

Christmas Dinner

This was the best Christmas dinner I can remember.  The turkey was so moist and full of flavor.  My aunt suggested cooking the turkey breast side down to more evenly cook the turkey.  We decided to cook it breast side up, and then flip it over with 1 1/2 to 2 hours left (breast side down).  It was perfectly cooked.  I once again made my favorite Porcini Mushroom Turkey and Mushroom Gravy.  As there were many cooked vegetables, I decided to incorporate the brussels sprouts into a salad and made Sugar and Grace’s Kale and Brussels Sprouts salad.  Below is our line-up of recipes.

 

Desserts

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Cheese Platter- (clockwise from top-left) blue cheese, aged white cheddar, roasted garlic, truffle chevre, red pepper jelly, Saint-Andre triple creme, Boursin cranberry & pepper. Served with Raincoast Crisps and 34° Savory Crisps

 

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My aunt’s homemade spinach balls with hot mustard

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We were very grateful that Doug took care of the turkey this year.

 

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Getting the spinach gratin into the oven- this dish has been a regular at the last 4+ Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners.

 

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The spread!

 

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Opening the Christmas crackers.

 

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My Dad enjoying his meal

 

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Desserts- (top to bottom): Mammy’s Fruit Cake, Brownies & Ginger Molasses Cookies, Butter Tart Squares

 

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Cheesecake (made by my Mom)

 

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My cousin Adrian getting his fill of desserts

 

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

 

 

 

 

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

5 thoughts on “Christmas in Canada

  1. All looks yummy!! Glad to see all the sibs could be home for Christmas. Enjoying all your recipes and I always appreciate the pics!!

  2. Happy holidays! You guys sure know how to celebrate in style- what an amazing feast. It’s awesome that you got to spend Christmas with so much family.

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