Welcome back to the Christmas Around the World Series on The Storied Recipe Podcast!
This series began as a crowd-sourced post titled Christmas Desserts Around the World. As the Storied Recipe community shared their cherished Christmas recipes and the memories surrounding them, I really wanted to hear MORE. So I decided to expand on a few of these with a little mini series about Christmas traditions all around the world. You can find the entire series here.
Today, I’m welcoming Mar from the Alicante region of Spain to the podcast. Mar comes from a super traditional small town in Spain, just a 15 minute drive from the coast, where you could even visit the beach on a typical balmy Christmas Day.
One of the most fascinating parts of this interview is the contrast between the traditions of this very small Catholic town and the way that Mar’s family, who are not at all religious, celebrated Christmas. And this same theme - traditional vs. very progressive - plays out in all the foods Mar’s family eats on and around Christmas as well. On the one hand, she one of the most famous and most-searched recipes from Spain, a soft almond nougat, and on the other hand, she’s cooked an entirely Vegan Christmas feast for her family one year.
This episode is the perfect example of what I love most about this podcast - while we can always learn about culture from one person, we are constantly reminded that every single family and individual in each culture have their OWN stories to tell.
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