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Friendly Friday Festivus

For our Festivus party I have gathered our holiday treats and one tradition, unless you count eating sea food on Christmas Eve among traditions and you should. In Italy they are serious about it.

Do you know what Festivus means? If not, you weren’t watching Seinfeld or forgot all about it as I must have. Have a look at Sandy’s post and be reminded. She has even calculated the times when the whole world is in a Friday, how about that.

To various courses of sea food bacchanal that is Christmas in Rome (the photos are from several occasions, not just one), I add some father’s New Year’s Eve food from Slovenia and two stuffed dishes by amore: pig’s roast and pandoro.

Two treats follow that I got for two of my birthdays, including the beloved gratinated pasta (click here for the video recipe).

I finish with a few things that I actually made myself: a strudel for amore’s birthday (which he shares with JC), as well as some Christmas biscuits and a limoncello cake from last year (click for recipes).

I’m pretty sure that after all this we’ll find it hard to breathe and will be ready to get some sleep, but no – we will have to eat a tangerine and keep the peel, put some coins on the table and play bingo, like they do it in Rome at around 2 am on Christmas Eve. They call it tombola.

I wish you all to win the tombola of life and in a way we have already. We are here after all.

For more non-food festivities, have a look at my yesterday’s holiday doors and spend time with my two families to see how we celebrate. And now buon appetito and cin cin!

For Friendly Friday Photo Challenge hosted by The Sandy Chronicles: Holiday treats & traditions

and for Festive Bon Bons by Deb, Sue, Donna and Jo (since my post consists mostly of Christmas food, even though I don’t answer provided questions).

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

59 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Festivus

  1. Hi, Manja – I made the mistake of reading this post BEFORE dinner. My appetite has now been fully stimulated and I am super hungry! Your food photos are amazing.
    Thank you for linking up with us at #festive_bonbon and sharing these delcious dishes and food traditions. They have given me some excellent ideas for our Christmas Eve.

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  2. Okay, Manja. You’e done it. Now I am hungry. Fortunately, Peggy is whipping up Christmas cookies for a weekend cookie party we are hosting for our neighborhood and I am the official taster. I won’t be hungry for long. 🙂 –Curt

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    1. Thank you, Susanne! I had a quick look at your photos and love them, but it doesn’t let me like a post. I’m glad to hear of your good memories from Italy. They are really easy to make over here. Always welcome back.


      1. No, self-hosted WP doesn’t have like buttons, and even if my theme actually has them, I’ve disabled it because I much prefer having people leave comments! With like buttons you never know if people actually read and appreciate your posts, or just click the button anyway as an excuse to not interact. I’m happy to hear that you liked my photos! There will be more of them coming for sure. And I saw you have a post about Pirano – I was there with a friend (while visiting her in Trieste) in 2009. I’ll come back later and explore more of your blog. Hopefully i can come back to Italy next year.

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      2. Ohh, excellent, do come back. Piran (in Slovenian, Pirano in Italian) is where my parents live now. We are Slovenian. I’ve got lots of posts from there. I’m glad you got to see it as well.


  3. I adore strudel. Goddamit, that tower cake though! How does one slice the thing?! I’d have to do it sideways, there’s no other way. What a creation! I’ve never had oysters but they do intrigue me. I have a hunch I might find them disgusting but I’ll have to find out for sure one day. They are aphrodisiacs apparently!! You may know the answer to that, ha ha!

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    1. Hahha. Amore adores strudel too. Neither is a big fan of oysters and yet we had them for Christmas and there were too many so we got to take the rest home for the next day. We agreed that we much prefer other shellfish which you don’t have to eat raw. Try it one day and be the judge. 😀 As for the tower: straight down. I can be done. 😉

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