It’s that time of the year again – Karneval, Fasnacht or Fasching, traditionally the celebration of the end of Winter. Kids (and adults) are getting dressed up to attend parades and parties, and cakes are fried to empty the cupboards for the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
My mother-in-law finds European Christmas rather depressing. The darkness, the cold, the muted colours – it’s anything but Christmassy! In Chile, Christmas marks the height of the Summer: bright decorations, a few artificial pine trees as a reluctant nod towards its European roots, and a massive BBQ is all you need!
Simple Swedish Cinnamon Rolls
This is probably the most misleading name for a bread, ever: pretzel rolls. They are rolls alright, and therefore clearly not pretzels! But for some reason, dunking dough in lye prior to baking seems to linguistically file the result under ‘pretzel.’
Springtime is always an awakening of sorts: the sunshine brings out flowers, colours, and even tastes that we had almost forgotten over the long Winter months. And one of the strongest tastes of Spring is that of wild garlic, or ramson.
Easter is a very special time in Catholic countries, as Easter marks the end of Lent and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The absence of eggs and other dairy products during Lent might explain, in parts at least, why eggs play such a central role in our Easter celebrations!