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Chicken and vegetables Roti

Name: Micha Heilman
Class Year: 2019
Country of Residence: Netherlands

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

Roti dishes are known for their deep flavors. The thing I love about this recipe is how the chicken and kousenband taste is so distinct, although they are cooked
with the same base of onion, garlic, and tomato. I am a huge fan of spicy food,
so the heat that comes from the hot pepper with the chicken is very gratifying.
This dish is eaten with your hands, tearing the roti pancake into small pieces and
picking up the chicken and vegetables. The garlic and masala encrusted egg is
wonderful for presentation and is a nice subtle taste paired with the chicken and
vegetables.
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Schmidt Family Christmas Chocolate Almond Toffee

Name: Barbara Schmidt
Class Year: 1969
Country of Residence: Ireland

Note: This recipe is not being entered in the competition, it is simply being shared for you all to enjoy!

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

This is an old family recipe which for decades the family has made the weekend after Thanksgiving and gives as gifts for Christmas.  It could of course be made any time.  My 96-year-old father used to be the chief stirrer, then, like Jack Nicklaus, progressed to giving the first ceremonial stir, but now he sits and gets to taste the first piece.  For the last number of years I have been in Iowa for Thanksgiving and have been in charge of the project.  It is a labour of love.  We traditionally make 6 double batches which takes an entire day to make with many people helping out.  It takes another day to pack the toffee into lined Christmas tins.  And then there is the delivery.  I am giving the recipe for one double batch with US measurements and temperatures.  It is easiest if there are two people making it – and a lot more fun.  It is a crunchy “hard crack” toffee, delicious but making it is not for the faint-hearted.  Continue reading Schmidt Family Christmas Chocolate Almond Toffee

Lebkuchen (German Christmas Cookies)

Name: Deborah Wild
Class Year: 1997
Country of Residence: Tbilisi, Georgia (German, married to a Dane)

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

Christmas is a big deal in our house. I used to Christmas elf/or nisse (how the Danes would say) my friends at MHC, played Krampus for the German language club, and shared the German tradition of advent with my friends. When I met my Danish husband and he told me he was atheist, my reply was, him not believing in God was not an issue, but Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, I’m afraid, were non-negotiable (both not traditions in his family). Continue reading Lebkuchen (German Christmas Cookies)

Swedish-American Meatballs

Name: Dorcy Erlandson
Class Year: 1962
Country of Residence: France

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

This is my US family’s favorite meal for holiday gatherings.   My Grandma, Elsa Landquist, immigrated to New York from Sweden when she was a young child and she grew up in Brooklyn.  This is the recipe passed around in the Swedish-American community in Brooklyn around 1900, using the ingredients that they could find easily.  (Swedish recipes always call for ground pork). This is why I have named the recipe “Swedish-American Meatballs.”  Thanks to the nutmeg you will find that they do have that authentic Swedish flavor!

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Pork in Sweet Soy Sauce (Be Celeng Base Manis)

Name: Silvia Maulini*
Class Year: 1980
Country of Residence: The Netherlands

* Silvia is one of this competition’s judges, so this recipe will not be considered – it’s simply delicious, and needs to be shared!

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

For the past decade I have been spending a month a year on the wonderful island of Bali, in Indonesia.  Local food is absolutely amazing and after following a few cooking classes there and buying several cookbooks I started experimenting at home. The house smells wonderful when I cook Indonesian and I feel I am back in Bali, at least for a few hours. This recipe is easy and very satisfying. I tasted this stew for the first time at “Bumbu Bali”, a fantastic restaurant owned by Swiss chef Heinz van Holzen, who has been living on the island for four decades and who is considered a master of Balinese cuisine. 

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Homemade Dairy-free Banana Ice Cream

Name: Vennie Muenzen
Class Year: 2010
Country of Residence: USA

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

Mountain Day has been a favorite Mount Holyoke tradition. I liked the concept of climbing
a mountain and celebrating the accomplishment with a big scoop of ice cream. All
students anticipate the announcement of Mountain Day by the President of the college
with a huge excitement. During my college years I oftentimes studied late into the evening
— either writing politics or economics papers or solving mathematics problem sets.

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Dresdner Weihnachtsstollen (Christmas Stollen/Cake) (German)

Name: Deborah Wild
Class Year: 1997
Country of Residence: Tbilisi, Georgia (German, married to a Dane)

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

Christmas is a big deal in our house. Apart from MHC elfing tradition I used to play Christmas elf (or nisse as one would call it in Denmark) for my friends in College, I loved playing Krampus for the German club and shared the German tradition of advent with my friends.

When I met my Danish husband and he told me he was atheist, my reply was, him not believing in God was not an issue, but Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, I’m afraid, were non-negotiable (both not traditions in his family).

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