每當快到年底節日時, 我內心除了開心期待之外, 也有些淡淡的哀愁, 心裡想著: 啊~ 又到了這個時候了~ 七年前的今天, 我是在醫院渡過這些節日呢.
沒辦法, 想忘也忘不了! 雖然平時偶爾會毫無預警的想起抗癌的日子 (尤其感冒或其它不適的時候), 不過, 每當到了年底, 總會讓我深刻的想起剛發病的期間. 然而, 值得慶幸的是, 自從認識了外星人, 我的聖誕節和新年再也不空白了!
搬到法國後, 我們的聖誕節都是與他家人一起度過 (法國的傳統, 聖誕節是跟家人過的節日, 就像台灣的農曆新年一樣) 我還深刻記得第一次在他父母家過聖誕夜的那晚~
看到裝飾好的聖誕樹, 擺好的桌面, 壁爐的火熊熊燃燒, 溫暖了整個客廳, 也溫暖了我的心... 現在想到鼻頭還是會酸!
那時的心情非常複雜, 感到有點虛幻不真實, 想哭又想笑! 因為沒想到我會有機會這樣過節, 想都沒想過我竟身處在像電影情節裡才看得到的場景, 過著我第一次的傳統聖誕節!
今年的還沒過, 要24號晚上大家才會聚在一起吃飯. 以下的照片是總合四年在他父母家吃的聖誕大餐喔~
It’s almost Christmas, and another year will end soon! I feel quite complicated when this moment of the year arrived. I can’t help to think about my time in the hospital seven years ago, because I found out about Leukaemia just a few days before Christmas.
I can’t get rid of it! I have tried. The thing is, I do think about it from time to time and the memory just pops up without any warning (Especially when I have a cold or some other sickness). However, it gets a bit more frequent before the holidays. But, don’t worry, I have been having fun during this time of the year ever since I met Alien.
We spent every Christmas with his family at his parents since we moved to France from Taiwan. I can still deeply remember my first “real” Christmas of my life.
A decorated Christmas tree; a tasteful table set; a burning fireplace that warmed up the whole living room, and it warmed up my heart, too. (I feel like to weep even now)
You have no idea how surreal I felt when I stood there, there it was, a Christmas tree next to a fireplace…I only get to see such a scene in movies! I couldn’t believe that I had that opportunity to spend my holiday like this, so proper and traditional. It made me wanted to laugh and cry at the same time!
We haven’t had our feast this year yet, but first I share the photos of my last four Christmases with you now.
Let’s see the table set first~
再來是前菜部分~ 通常前菜會有兩道, 但我不是個很盡責的攝影師, 所以沒有全部都拍到... 拜託! 美食當前, 我當然先吃再說啊... 呵呵~
The appetizers – usually there are two different kinds before the main course; I often forget to take a photo for every dish. I know you think that there is no need to take photos of the food, and this is more like an Asian thing (To take photos all the time!). However, I find that photos are helpful to memorize the past. It depends what you want to use them for.
下方半個貝殼的前菜是每年必吃的Coquilles Saint-Jacques (有許多干貝, 磨菇和其他食材配奶油醬所做出來的. 如果你想試做, 類似的英文食譜在這裡)!
Next you see an half big shell, that's Coquilles Saint-Jacques. We eat that every year! C'est très bon!! If you want to know how to make it - HERE. Maybe it's not exactly the same, but it's still good.
在法國, 生蠔是聖誕節和新年常吃的前菜!! 我第一次試之前還怕怕的, 因為都是活的 (要活的才可以吃, 死的他們都會丟掉, 在我眼裡, 簡直是浪費美食, 因為還有其它烹飪方法啊~ 但法國人不吃熟生蠔... 純粹就是不喜歡! ), 而我從小到大都沒吃過還會動的生食!
起先不敢吃, 是在大家慫恿, 外星人猛力說服之後, 我才心有疑慮的答應. 在眾目睽睽之下, 當他把生蠔放在我手中時, 我還等了至少一分鐘才放進嘴裡, 連咬都沒咬就吞了! 感覺還好, 沒有腥味, 只有檸檬的味道 (那天的吃法是生蠔加檸檬汁而已)! 外星姊夫還試著嚇我, 跟我說因為我沒咀嚼, 沒把生蠔咬死, 說不定生蠔會順著食道往上爬... 當我是小孩在騙一樣! 呵呵~
The French eat raw oysters quite often as an appetizer during Christmas and New Year. His family asked me to give it a try, but I wasn’t really up to it. I had never eaten anything that still moves, and it doesn’t look very delicious anyway! However, Alien and his family tried to convince me, in the end, I did try one!
I agreed to try one, but I looked at it with a disgusted expression when he put it in my hand. I hesitated for about a minute, everyone fixed their eyes on me and I quickly swallowed it! There was no taste but the lemon juice (I ate it only with some lemon juice). His brother-law teased me and said : “It’s probably gonna crawl back up because you didn’t chew, so it’s not dead.”
I would probably believe him if I was five years old…
It’s better to prize open the oysters just before the meal.
接著是主菜部分~ 我也沒全部拍到, 有時等我吃完才想到要拍, 不過早已來不及, 盤子都空了!
The main courses~
通常在吃完前菜主菜後, 肚子真的只有"撐"一個字可以形容, 但又不能不吃甜點, 所以我在第一, 二年時, 肚子都撐得很痛苦, 即使很累卻飽得睡不著! 不過, 之後就學乖了, 我現在會控制前菜和主菜的量, 因為甜點絕對是不能省略的啦~
外星媽幾乎都會準備兩道甜點, 一個是聖誕樹幹蛋糕 (想知道更多就點這裡), 必吃的聖誕大餐甜點! 類似像冰淇淋蛋糕, 超好吃!!
DESSERT! DESSERT !!! It’s my favorite part of the feast !
Usually, I am already very full after the main course, but I don't want to miss out on dessert. In the end, I often feel super uncomfortable after dinner. I had trouble to fall asleep at the first two Christmas. However, I learnt; I learnt to control the quantity of food (starter and main course), so I would have room for more desserts!
His mother would prepare two different kinds of desserts; one is La Bûche (Chick HERE if you want to know what it is).
再來是其它甜點 - 蘋果派, 蘋果餡餅, 巧克力蛋糕, 檸檬派和各式各樣的水果!
The second kind – Apple pie, Tarte Tatin, Chocolate cake, lemon pie or fruits!
通常每一道菜都會配不同的酒~ 有開胃酒, 有氣泡酒, 有甜的白酒, 也有比較澀的紅或白酒. 法國人在這方面很講究, 什麼樣的料理, 配什麼樣的酒!
以下照片是幾瓶我超級喜歡的酒! 還有其它的酒, 但我真的常忘記照, 有些的是因為我覺得還好, 所以沒照~
As you probably know, the French like to drink wines. They would open different bottle for each dish, and they are so particular about it!
In the photo below, those are some of my favorites.
每年在24號晚上吃完晚餐, 玩完遊戲後, 每個人把自己的鞋子放在聖誕樹旁邊, 他的家人就會把禮物這樣擺著, 直到25號早上起來才可以拆! 這是外星人家裡的傳統, 不是每個法國人都會這樣做! 通常在十二月初就必須開始想自己期望收到的禮物, 要寫個清單告知對方, 讓彼此有個主意, 而收到的禮物不見得是全部自己想的, 每年都會有驚喜 (有好驚喜也有不喜歡的. 呵~)! 第一次參與這件事的時候, 也讓我感動得要命! 雖然那時跟他家人不熟, 法文也還不太會講, 但可以感受到外星家人們的包容與接納!
It’s a tradition to put the gifts around the Christmas tree in his family, even for adults (What a great tradition!). We have to start thinking about what we want for Christmas at the beginning of each Dec., and then we give a list of things for each other, in that way we would have some ideas on what to buy. We won’t always get all that we ask for, but there will be some. There are surprise gifts every year (Good and bad)! By the way, we open the gifts on the 25th first thing in the morning.
I was touched when I participated in such a family event for the first time. At the time, I didn’t know his family well at all (First few months in France and I could barely make a sentence in French), but they included me like I was part of the family…I was very touched!
I don’t think I need to explain this… You know what it is.
法國人吃個聖誕大餐通常是從七點半或八點開始, 先喝餐前酒和吃餅乾零食等小東西填填胃 (法文是Apéritif. 想知道更多就點這裡), 之後再吃兩道前菜, 之後上主菜, 之後外星媽會詢問有沒有人要吃乳酪, 不過, 大家到那階段都飽了, 而且還要留空間給甜點, 所以通常只有幾位會吃. 再之後就是甜點, 吃完後喝咖啡或茶! 晚餐結束後大多都凌晨一點多了, 之後清桌, 然後把遊戲擺出來玩... 到大概兩, 三點才會去睡覺! 每次這樣搞, 我覺得我的屁股都坐成正方形了! 哈哈哈~
明天我們就要開七小時的車回他父母家過聖誕節了! 我非常期待著美食與禮物! 嘿嘿~ 希望大家有個美好又愉快的節日喔!
祝大家 聖誕快樂 + 新年快樂 !!!
First, we drink and eat l’apéritif, and then two starters, and then main course, and then cheeses (Only few of them would eat it, most of us want to save room for desserts!), and then desserts, and then coffee or tea. A Christmas feast usually starts at 7:30 or 8 pm and it finishes around 1 am, and then game time until almost 3 am. This is not a joke! I couldn’t feel my ass in the end!
We will be going back to his parents for Christmas tomorrow (It’s seven hours drive from where we live), and I look forward to all the delicious food and gifts!!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!