Nerdie Foodie: Nostalgic Holidays Edition

Welcome back Nerdie Foodies! As you well know, this week is all about the nostalgic feelings, emotions, and memories of the holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or other winter celebrations, we are going to explore a few of those celebrations and maybe help give you a few ideas for this holiday season. Here we go!

Hanukkah

Since Hanukkah has already started (this year it started on Dec 6th) you still have time to make all those yummy fried foods! If you haven’t made those jelly and/or custard filled (sufganiyot) doughnuts yet, or you plan on making more (I don’t know what the cooking customs are when it comes to Hanukkah), Rosanna Pansino (from Nerdy Nummies) may give you some inspiration for the decorating for your batch of doughnuts – Lord of the Rings style! Check it out below!

To wash all that lovely food down (Warning: must be of legal drinking age) with these eight cocktails that were pulled together by Adriana Velez (from The Stir). Check out all eight drinks here!

(Photo Credit: The Stir)

(Photo Credit: The Stir)

St. Lucia Day

St. Lucia Day is coming up in a couple days on Dec 13th. For this holiday, we have travelled to Sweden, where the day is celebrated by a girl or young lady wearing a white dress with a red sash at the waist and on top of her head, a crown of candles. However, food wise they served St. Lucia buns (Swedish lussebulle or Norwegian lussekatt) – a saffron infused bun with raisins. How is this nerdy you ask? Well to me, keeping true to traditions, especially food traditions are already pretty nerdy, especially when you try to replicate the traditional recipe. But honestly look at it; doesn’t it look like a bunch of seahorses to you? I think that’s pretty cool! I might even try this recipe myself! Jenna Weber (from Eat Live Run) shares her recipe. Check it out here!

(Photo Credit: Eat Live Run/ClipArt Panda)

Krampusnacht

*Warning: This is not a truly happy and jolly celebration*

For those who love horror movies, this one is right up your alley. As some of you already know, I am not a fan of horror (as noted in our Halloween podcast here). Some European cities celebrate St. Nicholas day (Dec 6th) for those kids who were good kids, nice kids. For those kids who were naughty however, would not get a visit from St. Nicholas, but from Krampus – St. Nick’s counterpart, and is the one who hands out the lumps of coal. So if you are a horror fan like our very own Jaime, Rosanna (@Nerdy Nummies) shows us how to create our very own Minecraft Coal cookies (seriously, they really do look like lumps of shiny coal). Check out the video below!

And if the coal cookies aren’t enough for you, you can wash them down with this festive cocktail by Martin Cate (from Liquor.com). Check out the Tea and Krampus cocktail recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Liquor.com)

(Photo Credit: Liquor.com)

Or for a more festive and chocolate-y, check out Geek & Sundry’s version called Chocolate Krampus below!

Festivus

Let’s get back on track to a happier note, shall we? We can’t forget the special winter holiday, Festivus! As noted on the hit tv show of the 90s, Seinfeld, a Festivus meal is not complete without serving your guests some form of meatloaf (reddish in colour) on top of a bed of lettuce. Why not spice up your meatloaf this season by making it the Starfleet Academy way, the Horta Meatloaf! Chris-Rachael Oseland (from The Kitchen Overlord) shares her recipe with us (she also promised no alien race was harmed in the making of this meatloaf). Check out the recipe here!

(Photo Credit: The Kitchen Overlord)

(Photo Credit: The Kitchen Overlord)

Christmas

And finally, there is Christmas! And who doesn’t remember that fruitcake your aunt, mom, grandma, uncle, dad, spouse, sibling, cousin (…you get the idea) made that one year that has either put you off fruitcake or made you love fruitcake forever? Well, why not (in the spirit of giving) trying your hand at making your own fruitcake to the family dinner, but with a nerdy twist? Gourmet Gaming (@Gourmet_Gaming) shares with us their nerdy fruitcake. From the World of Warcraft, Gourmet Gaming presents Graccu’s Mince Meat Fruitcake. It actually looks edible and pretty festive I might add. Check out the recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Gourmet Gaming)

(Photo Credit: Gourmet Gaming)

Happy cooking and baking this holiday season nerds!

Till next time,

Stay nerdalicious!

-Jen

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