Holiday Keepers

Last Updated November 01, 2014
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A wave of nostalgia washes over me at the heart-warming smell of cinnamon and ginger wafting from the oven or at the sight of my mother and brother making their time-honoured Christmas fudge. For us, the holidays would not be complete without our favourite edible traditions: Marjorie’s punch of homemade grape juice and spicy ginger ale, a rich Christmas Eve fondue and Velma’s classic fruitcake.

Whether your own holidays are filled with the familiar tastes of family classics or you are looking to expand a traditional repertoire with tempting new dishes, we hope you enjoy this collection of edible holiday traditions from our friends within the local food community.

Savoury Tourtière

There is no one way to make this flaky savoury meat pie. The filling, typically a combination of pork, veal, beef and often game, is influenced by the region. Traditionally served on Christmas ré...


The comforting aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove fill the house when baking this German honey and spice cake. In the family for generations, Elisabeth fondly remembers her mother and grandmother...

Roasted Red Cabbage Salad

Swedish Embassy Chef Cole Baker serves this ruby red salad at Julbord, a traditional Christmas table or smörgåsbord. Simple to make and brilliant in colour, this recipe uses an abundance of late...
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