Generally, I wouldn’t call myself a traditionalist. But on the night of 24th of December, suddenly the world changes.
Christmas Eve is for me a night full of traditions, memories and magic. Itâ€™s that first start that inaugurates festive dinner, Christmas Wafer shared with the dearest ones accompanied by heartfelt wishes and a spare tableware left on the table for the unexpected guests, so that thereâ€™s no one out there spending this special night on their own. Itâ€™s the time when all the good memories come to my mind, especially those wonderful moments spent with my loved ones who aren’t here anymore. It’s a magical night, when you just need to close your eyes for e moment to see the smile and feel the heartbeat of those closest to you, even if they are actually far away.
Christmas Eve traditionally calls for twelve courses on the festive table. And from what I remember, usually mum and I were able to count to twelve, although we did count a loaf of bread, the Christmas Wafer or even the festive compote. And thank goodness for that, as even though food is quite important on that night, after all itâ€™s all about creating a backdrop for the quality time spent on some engaging conversation with the beloved ones, and the overall festive and merry ambience.
And who said that Christmas Eve and the entire Christmas period should be an excuse to scrap all the healthy habits that we cultivated throughout the entire year. Luckily, Christmas Eve dishes contain plenty of healthy ingredients â€“ sauerkraut, dried fruits and nuts (plus the fish that we donâ€™t mention too much on the blog). The biggest challenge here is just keeping the balance when it comes to the size of the meal.
Talking about healthy Christmas Eve dishes â€“ dried fruit compote is on top of that list. Only natural ingredients including dried fruits jam-packed with vitamins giving a boost to your metabolism. A perfect addition to the festive dinner.
50g dried apples
50g dried pears
50g dried apricots
1 cinnamon stick
0.5 tsp ginger
A few tablespoons of honey, to taste
A few slices of orange and lemon
Juice of half lemon
Juice of half orange
Place all the dried fruit into a large pot and cover with 2 litres of cold water. Set aside for about 2 hours.
After this time, bring to boil (in the same water in which the fruit soaked, if the fruit took in too much water, you can add a bit more) and cook for about 15-20 minutes.
Set aside, add the honey, spices, lemon and orange juice and slices of lemon and orange.