The Guardian Angel
Take your needle my child and
work at your pattern it will come out a
rose by and by. Life is like that...one
stitch at a time taken patiently.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes 1867~
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Christmas Traditions, we all have them. They've been passed to us by our ancestors and some of those traditions came by necessity because of the seasons, origins of country and what was on hand to do with and so they've, been passed down through the generations as something we've done at Christmastime.
Aside from the baubles and ornaments or special Christmas decorations or cookies, there comes the Christmas meal. For years, my mother of Hungarian decent made Chicken Paprikash at Christmas, a tradition which started long ago by her mother & grand parents back in the old country, and so on. Of course they made the meal from what was on hand, something hardy and warm to fill the belly's and warm the heart, no refrigeration, it was cold outside, and so nature's refrigerator ( ice box ) would work just fine.
The ingredients simple in nature, and to be found in or around the farm, at the butcher or from a neighbor, A chicken, Cream ( sour ), flour & eggs for the dumplings, and don't you dare forget the garlic. I have found some Paprika ( Hungarian Paprika Pride of Szeged ) found on your local grocery shelf.) which is from the city where my Grandmother was born, and so each year as a tribute to her, it goes in my Christmas Chicken Paprikash, the tradition reborn for my family to carry on.
My husband is not Hungarian, and yet every year I ask if there is anything he would like me to make and every year it's the same answer Chicken Paprikash. And so it goes as every year round this time, there is a pot of the lusciousness on the stove simmering away, and it will be our meal for Christmas Eve and Christmas, as it was in generations passed. The dumplings will be made by hand using flour and eggs & a nice big pot to cook them in. Oh the joyfulness.
A humble, simple but substantial tradition which has stood the test of time.
We celebrate Christmas Traditions,