Getting ready for Christmas it's time to plan the menu again. Will we have turkey, ham, pickled pork, prawns or crayfish?
Reading about Christmas traditions in Jane Austen's day we know they didn't have some of these choices. It seems the main choice was between wild boar's head, or pig's head, Christmas goose, roast turkey or roast beef, with Jane's family preferring roast turkey from their own home-raised birds. Christmas puddings and syllabub were also popular. The leftovers from the Christmas dinner were made into pies, sometimes called Twelfth Night pies, from minced beef, poultry and other meats, suet, sugar, raisins or currants, spices, orange or lemon peel, eggs, apples and brandy. Eating a pie each day till Twelfth Night was thought to bring good luck over the whole year. All these interesting notes are on this blog by the novelist Maria Grace. Daily reading of her website, Random Bits of Fascination, has enhanced my knowledge of a Regency Christmas.
While sweltering in 40+ degrees weather here in Adelaide it's hard to imagine a Christmas with deep snow on the other side of the world, but I would love to experience it one day!