I was making the Christmas cake last week (late, I know but circumstances have meant it has taken me longer to get around to it) when a friend came to visit. All the ingredients were in the bowl and the final mixing was taking place. I invited my friend to have a stir and make a wish. This intrigued her. She had never heard of this tradition – something I have done since … well since I can remember. In fact we used to queue up to stir the cake and make a wish at my primary school. Interestingly another friend arrived shortly after and promptly stirred and made a wish – she too followed has followed this tradition.
This brought the conversation around to other food traditions – such as using the top tier of a wedding cake as the Christening cake. Again, first visitor had not heard of this. I wonder whether this is dying out with the advent of cupcake wedding cakes etc.
I don’t think I have made these up and I don’t think they are traditions peculiar to our family household…unless you tell me otherwise! I know we do have our own traditions – one of my daughters has to have mint jelly with her Christmas dinner and has done so since being very young (now 28).If I was to forget this – well – I don’t know what would happen.
Just wondering what foodie traditions you have in your household…?