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German Christmas Traditions

by Inez Hanrahan

December 2008

Members were treated to a very wonderful evening, with a powerpoint presentation describing German Christmas traditions. We enjoyed pictures of Inez' childhood andher family, and her explanations of those well-known Christmas symbols such as the Christmas tree, practices of Christmas singing in Germany and of course the delicious traditional foods! Guests enjoyed a traditional German Christmas meal of turkey, red cabbage, kale and bread, with spiced wine and cookies that Inez has brought from Germany for us all to enjoy! Thanks Inez !

   

Inge's delicious Brussel Sprouts recipe

Thanks for the lovely and informative"German Christmas Celebration". In reminded me of my childhood as Banater Volksdeutsche in the former Yugoslavia (now Serbia).

I prepared the Brussel Sprouts recipe as follows:

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS:

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 pounts Brussels sprouts (smaller variety) 1 teaspoon of kosher salt or seasoned salt
ends trimmed and yellow leaves removed 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
3 tablespoons of olive oil

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Place trimmed Brussel sprouts and spices into a large plastic bag. Seal tightly and shake to coat.
Pour onto a baking sheet lined with aluminium foil and place on center oven rack.
Roast in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes. shaking the pan every 6 to 8 minutes for even browning.
Reduce heat when necessary to prevent burning. Brussel sprouts should be brown when done.
Adjust seasoning if necessary and serve immediately.
Toasted slivered almonds or other nuts can be spinkled on top for added taste and decoration.