Greetings to you all! I wanted to share a few more festive moments from Strasbourg before we say farewell to 2011. Strasbourg is known as the ‘Capitale de Noel” and it really is true. The town looks very festive with wonderful decorations and lovely Christmas markets.
This is the one part of the traditional Christmas market; it is very atmospheric next to the grand church in the old town. There are French, German, Swiss stalls selling ornaments, gluewine, chocolates -which you can’t get enough!!-, hot chocolates and many more:)
Roasted chestnuts are sold on vagon stalls all around the town; it really reminded me of my childhood and eating them from street stalls in Istanbul; the smell of roasted chestnuts are divine.
Can you ever have enough chocolate, especially at this part of the world? Guess not. We have been on a diet of chocolate, wine and all treats, happy days. These piggy cochons, chestnut dessert and all chocolates have been very welcome:)
Judith kindly treated us to Kugelhopf, a specialty of Alsace, northeastern part of France. It looks very pretty with roasted almonds at top, and dust of icing sugar. It is part bread, part cake, quite smilar to brioche but not as rich. We enjoyed it over breakfast with some jam. It is wonderful even next day when sliced and toasted.
As we say farewell to 2011, my best wishes to you all for a happy, healthy New Year. I do look forward to sharing many more delicious moments in 2012:)
Happy New Year !
The little piggies – made of marzipan – are good luck charms to welcome the New Year – to be given to friends and family on New Year's night or New Year's day. So "Happy Nex Year" to you and your family Ozlem!
Many thanks, those piggies are lovely treats and now I know the story behind it, many thanks for sharing:)
Wishing you a wonderful New Year and sincere hopes to meet up:)