Every culture has holiday food or food for special days. Koreans eat a sweet red bean soup on the shortest day of the year, rice cake soup for new years and chicken soup in the heat of summer. We have lots of holiday food traditions in Canada too; eggs for Easter, pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and turkey at Christmas. In our family, all the “sit-down holiday meals” like Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas pretty much look the same: turkey, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts.
My yobo has lived in Canada for 13 years now so we don’t have too many cultural misunderstandings anymore so it surprised me when he accused me of not liking brussel sprouts!
I love holiday meals but I don’t usually cook up a turkey any other time of the year or make brussel sprouts for a Thursday dinner. That said, I have never been served red bean soup on a Friday in June either.
My mom is a fabulous cook and this year again she hosted a wonderful meal including a killer brussel sprout recipe! I’ll get her to guest post about it some time… maybe at Easter time.
*This conversation actually happened at Thanksgiving, but since the menus for both meals were the same, I used some creative license to change the date! 🙂