Recently I have been looking through photos that I have taken of birthdays, festivals and Christmas. It struck me how central food was to all the celebrations; birthday cakes, special seasonal foods and the Christmas feast. I started thinking about the special dishes we all cook, you know the ones that take such a long time to prepare that you only make them once a year! But without those dishes it just wouldn’t be Christmas/Eid/Diwali/New Year; Rosh Hashanah or the Chinese New Year.
For me these foods not only celebrate festivals but they also connect me to a time of year, a season, like the Harvest festival of Lammas. Literally meaning ‘Loaf Mass’ Lammas signifies the bringing in of the first wheat crop. It’s a time to bake bread and to give thanks for a successful crop that will feed families and communities.
Festival or festive foods are also about fun, about feasting with friends and families and to bring joy – especially in the long winter months. So in the spirit of fun I’m bringing a festive food feast to my next programme for the ‘Local Lunch’ radio show and I want you! To join in. I would love to hear about your favourite festival dishes, the fun you have cooking them, stories you have about them and perhaps you would share your recipes too?
I will share all these stories on my show and I will also make one of your recipes to taste live on air. So please tweet me @porridgelady or leave a message on the blog and then listen in to the Local Lunch show on Tuesday the 6th of December from 12-2pm on;