Monday, 14 December 2009

Lucia Day: Open House 2010

I debated back and forth about having an open house party for Santa Lucia Day. It seemed like it might be a good idea and I was excited about it but worried that I might not have the energy or ability to pull it off. We debated and with my buddy Barb's encouragement we decided to tone it down a bit. A little dinner party was okay and everyone would help. The girls got up garlands and found a few of our Swedish style decorations, including a few special elves.

The next thing to go wrong was that about a week before the party I hurt my back pretty badly and found myself flat on my back and not able to do much of anything.

Thank-you everyone for pulling together and coming to our party!

The menu was:
2 types of Swedish Meatballs,
(in cream sauce or sweet and sour sauce.)

Scalloped potatoes
Rye Bread and butter
Cheese Platter
Pickle Tray
Wasa Bread
Cooked sweet and sour Beets
Baked Beans
Barb's special Salad

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

I would like to say this is a holiday food for us, but it really is more of an everyday desert. If we have left over rice from a meal it is pretty rare for it to be around as a leftover of another meal. It turns into desert. I make it in a pot on the stove. The Swedish holiday version should have a whole almond in it and the person who gets the almond gets to have a wish.

Cook 2 cups of rice in 4 cups of water in a pot with a tight lid. Cold left over rice works just fine.

Add equal parts of rice and milk to a pot
add about a tablespoon butter
egg is optional

I am not so sure about exact measurements. Some days just seem to call for more sugar and raisins. Alicia likes lots of nutmeg. I don't like the stuff.

Below is the The baked version which I might start using more often

Grandma Cambell's Baked Rice Pudding

Bob's grandma used to always bring a rice pudding to family events. This is pretty close to the way she made it.

Wash 1/2 cup pearl grain raw rice thoroughly, cook.
Soak a generous handful of raisins in cup of very hot water.
When the raisins have plumped , drain well.

Mix in large bowl:
5 eggs that have been beaten until thick and yellow
2 cans Carnation Evaporated Milk (12 fl. oz)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix in the drained rice and raisins.
Pour all into 2 1/2 qt. oven proof baking dish. Sprinkle sugar on top. Lightly sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top of sugar. Dot the top generously with real butter. Bake in large pan of water at 350 for one hour or until done.