Wandering around the land of long forgotten Christmas flavours of Warmia and Masuria
Most of the modern-day Christmas customs of Warmia and Masuria hark back to the mid-twentieth century, when settlers from other regions of the country began to arrive here. Earlier, the holidays were celebrated in the region in a completely different way, although numerous analogies to the traditions known to us can be found in the local customs and rituals.
What the old and modern Christmas cuisine in Warmia and Masuria have in common is the diversity stemming from the multicultural character of the region.
Christmas in Warmia and Masuria, especially for the inhabitants of the countryside, was a time of prosperity for several days, when one could take a break from hard work and enjoy dishes that were not served on a daily basis. What is interesting, the tradition of Christmas Eve remained unknown for a long time in the region during this festive period. In Masuria, meat dishes were eaten on Christmas Eve.
There were sausages, roast, and no shortage of goose meat. On the first day of Christmas, peas appeared on the table in various forms. This plant was to ensure happiness and harvest for the host in the following year.
The location of the region and its natural resources also had a major impact on the type of Christmas Eve dishes served. A lot of them came from Russian or Lithuanian cuisine, although some Dutch and Scottish elements were also present.
In Warmia, dishes served on the Christmas Eve supper often did not differ from the everyday fare. The more well-off farmers had goose and meat. The meal was eaten around 5 p.m. and included roasted goose, goose sausage, meat, wholemeal bread, cakes and sweets.
In many homes – both in Warmia and Masuria – cranberry starch jelly was served during this time instead of the dried fruit compote known in other regions.
Despite their differences, Catholic Warmia and Protestant Masuria had two things in common during Christmas: experiencing joy and enjoying the abundance of food. After all, the birth of Christ was celebrated only once a year.
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