No big story this week, just an anecdote about pigs (with a tasty project) and few shots from this year’s Christmas celebration.
|My maltese Rasco (3) and my schnauzer Penny (15 in February) on Christmas Eve.|
|The delicious Gluhwein (my dad made it this year).|
|Christmas Eve dinner: Beef Rouladen, Sauerkraut, Sauerbraten, German Potatoes, Blaukraut and veggies.|
|This year's Christmas Day Schnecke. It just keeps growing every year!|
A combo platter of tale and taste: Marzipan Pigs
A German delicacy that’s too cute to eat …
In Germany, a marzipan pig is a symbol of good luck in the New Year … It’s also pretty delicious.
For those of you unfamiliar with marzipan, it is a traditional European candy made from almond paste. Though it is generally considered German, other countries hold the confection dear. I first fell in love with marzipan coated in chocolate, but the treat is famous for being twisted into a myriad of shapes and colors.
I got a book for Christmas about how to shape the paste into flowers and figures. In lieu of New Year, I will explain how to make a pig for good luck.
- Plain marzipan for baking/decorating
- Red food coloring
- Sprinkles or chocolate
Flatten the marzipan and place a couple of droplets or red food coloring to dye the marzipan pink.
Knead the marzipan to spread the color, until pink throughout. Do NOT overdue the coloring, or you’ll have a red pig!
Roll two cylindrical pieces. (These will eventually be the pig’s legs.)
Make a pear shape for the body. Try to create a plump belly.
Wrap cylinder shapes near the top of the pear and at the base.
Create a pig head by making a ball with a conical shape protruding. Flatten the point into a nose.
Make triangle shapes for ears.
Use sprinkles or chocolate for the eyes.
Here is what my pig looked like ... A third grade crafts project: a little messy but still cute:
Here are what store bought pigs (Oma buys them every year) look like ... art:
Best of luck!