The Netherlands celebrated Christmas at home, but despite all the preparations, cooking did not run smoothly everywhere. One did have the ingredients, but not the right oven. The other saw the dessert fall into the water. We asked readers: what’s your Christmas miss?
Wendy had bought all the ingredients to enjoy the pizza on Christmas Day. Had she promised the children? Then yesterday she made a discovery that promptly ruined that fun plan. ,,I had everything at home, except the pizzarette itself. I had lent it to my sister, and she won’t be arriving until tomorrow.” In the end, that’s why the family was having snacks last night, she says with a smile.
For example, things turned out differently in more houses than expected, on the Christmas that had to be celebrated at home. While the home cooks plunged into long lines at the butcher on Friday and navigated through full supermarkets, on Saturday it once again became clear that reality can sometimes (or quite often in corona time) be unruly.
That’s how Marieke got her Monchou pie from the fridge. “The springform came loose, resulting in the entire cake that was in the fridge.” There went the dessert.
With the Vrisekoop family it was a grandchild that gave the evening an unexpected turn. The 5-year-old was busy with ‘magic cakes’. The tray with olive oil was also used for this, which previously contained the stuffed peppers. The family only noticed this when the container fell and the oil ended up on the pants and – worse – the carpet. While the toddler finished Christmas dinner in shirt, bow tie and underpants, the internet was searched for how to remove grease stains from carpet.
Whether the rug survived should become clear today. But whoever had a miss this Christmas can take comfort in the thought that some of them could eventually turn into such a wonderful story that the Christmases to come will be served up and remembered with a smile.
Bubble bath foam
Arlette Walop, for example, immediately remembers the time her sister had planned spoom, a drink of sorbet ice cream and sparkling wine, as a side dish. “We had a nice Christmas dinner with the three of us, Mom, my sister and I. When opening the champagne, the bottle did not ‘pop’. Too bad but don’t worry, we thought, just a little less bubbles. But when pouring, nothing came out of the bottle. Turns out to be the ‘bubble bath’. So no spoom, but nice bath foam for after dinner.”
And a completely different anecdote from the old box this year got a Christmas card in poetic form, which was sent to her from America by a Dutch aunt of Inge van Wijk. The English-language rhyme turned out to revolve around her grandfather’s experience, who looked like he’d struggled with it after a Christmas dinner long ago. As he cut the meat, the bowl flipped over, landing the dish on his pants. “No problem, no problem,” said the man, after which he scooped the whole thing out of his lap with his hands, only to get into a fight with the bottle of red wine. He didn’t pull the cork out of the bottle, the thing ended up in it. “No problem,” the grandfather repeated, unaware that his shirt was now blood red. Next time, his wife remarked after the toast, her husband would do well to put on a swimsuit.
For example, some Christmas misses last for generations.
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