1st and 2nd Sunday in advent passed by equally as fast as November.
We usually have a beautiful setup for the kids where they get advent presents stuffed into large Santa socks hanging over the fireplace. We replaced the fireplace with a more environmentally friendly pellet stove, but you get the idea.
Unfortunately, we missed the first two Sundays in advent and had to improvise.
The Nutcracker show was their present for the 1st Sunday in advent, and I had lego shipped from Amazon for the second Sunday in advent. Lego is a sure winner, no matter the age.
We like to support our local community when possible. I attempt to buy produce and other goods at the farmer’s market, stock up with pork and poultry from the local butcher, and always attend Breakfast with Santa at our fire station. It gives us a sense of belonging and lovely when people recognize us and smile.
Man on Fire
You would’ve seen on previous posts that I enjoy cooking over fire and that I enjoy hanging out with my friends around the fire pit, talking shit, drinking a few beers, laughing, and eating meat.
Last Friday, a close friend at his church invited me to an event.
It was a Man on Fire event with men from the church to meet and talk. While there was some worship, the event was focused on establishing a community among men, brothers, and fathers and reaching out to men if they needed to talk or help.
More importantly, it also emphasized that masculinity is essential in our society, despite what social media platforms might insinuate. Masculinity is under attack, but we are needed to support families, youth, community, and each other.
Men and women are essential to our families and provide stability. And this event helped us put that in focus which is needed.
During the event, I had the incredible opportunity to prepare and serve food for 120+ hungry brothers. Not only did I prepare it, but it was grilled on my even more awesome hanging firepit. The amount of praise and admiration I received for the firepit was unbelievable. Everybody loved the firepit and drooled over the perfect chicken drumsticks.
A Danish Delight
Christmas is the time of the year when we suddenly develop a stronger sense of homesickness, longing for my mum’s home cooking, traditional Danish snacks, cheese sandwiches, and of course, the best Xmas beer in the World.
Denmark, and I’m sure other countries, have a wonderful tradition where many breweries release seasonal beers. These beers are more potent and have sweeter flavors, and they can be very dangerous if consumed in bulk.
To my surprise, my old boss in Denmark shipped me two cases of excellent Xmas beers and some lovely Danish cheese. It melted my “old” Viking heart, and my Christmas was saved. Of course, I quickly made a few bagels with slices of cheese, something my doctor and cardiologist disagreed with, but it had to be done.
I also received a fantastic board of vintage Raadvad knives, similar to the set my mum used when I was a kid. Again, memories flooded in, and it became a very emotional afternoon surrounded by Danish excellence.
Boosting the Immune System
It is not easy to find new ideas throughout the year, but with the increase in various seasonal illnesses, we have to focus on eating meals that will boost our immune systems.
Food cannot cure or prevent illnesses like the flu, cold, throat infection, or the fecking covid, but it can help reduce the chances of getting infected or lessen the impact on our bodies.
The immune system is our natural defense against various infections and illnesses. However, the cells and body will sound the alarm when foreign particles attack and assemble the internal Avengers.
With proper food, you can help boost the Avengers and fight off most infections – at least, that’s my personal belief. A healthy meal will provide a healthy shield.
For this week, I have selected a few stews and soups for a few reasons
- Soups and stews are delicious and full of flavors
- Soups and stews can be packed with immune fuel
- Soups and stews are easy to make and store
- Soups and stews are easy to heat up in the pot or individual portions.
Of course, I made pulled pork chili in my new fantastic Lodge cast iron pot. I scored a great deal during Black Friday.
So, we will be eating hearty soups n stews this week, with some excellent school lunch sandwiches coming up.
|Monday||Caesar salad with grilled chicken||Sweet potato and peanut butter stew with chicken thigh pieces|
|Tuesday||Dumplings||Mushroom & Wild rice soup|
|Wednesday||Ham & Cheese sliders||Pulled pork cast iron skillet chili|
|Thursday||Chicken BBQ Cheese sliders||North Eastern Salmon Chowder|
|Friday||Mozarella and pesto on a toasted bagel||Fire meat and Danish Xmas beers|
One day, I might get so organized that I will link the meals below to my recipes. We can only live in hope!
Have a fantastic week, my friends. I hope you enjoy these meal plans. It is much easier to make food in advance, although you must invest several hours preparing meals during the weekend.
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