CRISP FIRM SNOW
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Imagine you are celebrating Christmas in a nunnery in the south of France. After the Christmas Eve service in the local church, you walk back to the nunnery under the starry sky, crisp firm snow under foot. I did it once, and although I was too young at that time to understand how beautiful it was, I still cherish the memories of that Christmas evening. Apart from the beauty of the environment, it was the Christmas dinner I will always remember. The nuns invited all the farmers from the surrounding area for dinner and prepared a simple meal of the hunted game they brought with them. After every course they sang and were so happy and grateful.
What I forgot quickly was the barbaric night that followed; due to the fact that there was no central heating or warm water, our bedroom was literally freezing. But that part doesn’t really fit my romantic Christmas story.
Lack of discipline
Every year I read the annual articles in the December issues of health magazines about the hardships of the festive season. And every year I’m surprised by the fact that the admirable discipline we have during the rest of the year seems to vanish by mid-December. I convince myself that this is the time of the year when I can live and cook healthier than ever. Because of all the free time now available to me when even the gym is closed. But honestly what happens is that I feel an absolute lack of discipline and I’m too lazy even to look in my healthy cookbooks, which are laid out waiting for me. I stay in my pyjamas as long as I can and don’t even feel the slightest bit guilty for not going on a run or doing my exercises at home. And I know why: because for the previous 360 days I had that discipline and I know I will have it back again on the first of January.
Prize-winning Christmas dinner
But I have found a solution for my lack of discipline for cooking healthy prize-winning Christmas dinners – I relive my nunnery Christmas dinner experience. And although my family doesn’t have to go hunting first, we still choose a good piece of meat or game, seasonal vegetables and fruit. Of course the dinner will be served with lots of healthy glasses of red wine, but the food will stay pure, honest and not excessive.
Oasis of silence
When our guests have gone, we contemplate the Christmas spirit with more glasses of red wine, and enjoy our oasis of silence with a good book in front of the open fire. And after a warm bath, I dream about dancing snowflakes turning into crisp firm snow under foot, far away in the South of France.
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