4 Holiday Recipes

During the twelve days of Holiday break there are many things to do, and unless you’ve already planned how to spend every single moment, you probably will have at least some time to spare from your activities, or from the monotony of doing nothing. So why not try cooking up some of these four delicious Holiday oriented recipes?

While at first glance working in the kitchen might sound like a boring endeavor, it actually is a valuable skill to possess in life and it gives one a sense of accomplishment, similar to carpentry and gardening. The links to the online recipes are in their respective dish titles.

  1. Mexican Hot Chocolate

mexican-hot-chocolate-1-betterAre you bored of the regular Hot Chocolate we’ve all come to know and love? Why not try this spicy variant? This recipe shouldn’t take more than twenty minutes to make and doesn’t require too many exotic ingredients despite the name. It’s so simple that it can be summed up in one paragraph:

Take 3 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix, 3/4 a cup of boiling water (obviously be careful whenever using a stove or anything which produces heat), 1/4 a cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup, 1 pinch of chili powder, and 1/2 a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

When all of the ingredients are ready, mix together the hot chocolate mix, the chocolate syrup, the chili powder, and the ground cinnamon. Afterwards, pour in the milk, then the boiling water, and finally stir it all together and its ready to drink. Here is the link if you would like more information:

  1. Nut Roast

For many vegetarians, the Nut Roast has been a popular alternative to the main courses of meat typically eaten during Thanksgiving and Christmas because its ingredients are made up of walnuts, eggs, and cheese (did I forget that it’s also gluten free?). Why not create one for you and your family this Holiday break, because who wouldn’t resist its mixture of Swiss and cottage cheese, pepper, and spices? It should be said that this recipe is a little intricate and warrants a serious trip to the local food market because of its many different ingredients.

  1. Tourtière

Being raised by a Québécois mother, I have the pleasure of eating a Tourtière every Christmas, and now hopefully you can too. Referred to as meat pie in the Anglosphere, a Tourtière can be made with any meat, fish, or alternative filling and spices that you desire, with the Montréal variation (the one I grew up eating) being made from diced pork. If you’re interested in eating an alternative to the usual Holiday meat dish or in experiencing a piece of Canadian cuisine, cooking a Tourtière is right for you.

  1. Bûche de Noël

Another French recipe popular in both France and Québec is the Bûchebuche9 de Noël, also known as a yule log in the Anglosphere. Every year at my family’s Christmas gathering this dessert would be the crowning moment of our Christmas Eve meal. It is in essence a sponge cake in a cylindrical shape with cream filling swirled inside. It’s decorated with icing into a log or in any kind of design the baker wishes. I’m keeping this description short because this recipe is one of the most complicated listed here, and on that same token baking it can be a fun activity that the whole family can engage in.

I hope that this article has inspired you to try these recipes yourselves or any other which interests you and to spend time with your family and friends this Holiday and to remember the reason for the Season.

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