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FOOD TO EAT IN DECEMBER

Jerusalem Artichokes

FOOD TO EAT IN DECEMBER

December just arrived. Some of you are buying their Xmas trees and looking forward to the December feast, others are still relying on their favorite take aways, others are taking the time to eat seasonally. The summer variety might not be there but we still got some very nice vegetable and meat around the corner. Lets enjoy some nice winter evening with good food.

Jerusalem ArtichokesJerusalem Artichokes

They look like ginger and have nothing to do with artichokes. No idea why their english name is as such while in french they go by topinanbour. Damn easy to make, cook them like potatoes.

OystersOysters

Oysters are at their peak in December. Those selling oysters during summer are completely wrong. They are tasty with this great sea flavors and very healthy too. Don’t be afraid to open them yourself, its not that difficult

Chestnuts

Chestnuts

You know winter is coming when you start seeing them everywhere. I love those old ladies in Hong Kong selling hot chestnuts in the streets. Use them as your filling for your Xmas turkey.

Crandberries

Cranberries

Cranberries are well known for being high in antioxidants to stay super energetic over winter.  Although very bitter, you can mix them with a bit a sugar and boil them for the first cranberry sauce to go along your venison.

GameGame meat

So people might say “this is so barbaric” but seriously its so good. Reminds me my childhood hunting with my uncles and enjoying afterwards this intense meat with some cranberry sauce and a nice parsnip puree.

Kale

Kale

Not a big fan of these, but OMG people do love them for their fantastic health benefits. In my case, I add them in my morning smoothie.

Butternutsquash

Squash

I love their colors and their various shapes. It works with everything and not matter how you cook them (roasting, grilling, boiling) it will turn great.

MusselsMussels

As a good Belgian, I need my dose of mussels. My favorite is a simple white wine mussel with some nice crunchy fries and homemade mayonnaise. Do you know that you can use the shelf as your fork?

WhiskyWhisky

How can you best enjoy a good whisky? Sip it next to a wood fire. My favorites are from Japan who have been making fantastic whisky over the years. Add some ice like on the pic and relax.