In my family house on Christmas Eve we have always eaten a modest breakfast and later the adults didn't eat anything till dinner. For the children we prepared fish soup with carp, batter dumplings and carrots. My children are already big enough that they don't need an extra meal anymore. They wait more or less patiently until dinner, which starts (except of course for wishes) with mushroom soup or borscht. For people that don't like any of these soups, I have an offer of mild dill fish soup. You can add to it any fish. I add zander and cod, but it will be awesome with carp and salmon too.

750g of fish without skin and bones
2 carrots
1 parsley root
1 stick of celery
a piece of leek
1 clove of garlic
1 shallot
150ml of 30% sweet cream
1 teaspoon of butter
1l of vegetable or fish bouillon
1 bunch of dill
salt and pepper


I know that in every home after Christmas there are leftovers. A beautiful yeast cake has a lot of fans when it is fresh. After a while, there are fewer and fewer fans, and in the end the cake is only good for those who even like it stale with butter and hot tea. I like this kind of cake, so in my home yeast cake never goes to waste.

Today I would like to share with you the recipe for how to use up Christmas yeast cake. Charlotte is a dessert which is a second life for yeasty cake. The dessert is fragrant, sweet, and crunchy on the outside, and deliciously soft and fruity inside.

The recipe comes from the magazine "Moje gotowanie" ("My cooking"). I changed only the fruit. Instead of apples and currants I added cranberries, blueberries and blackberries.

Ingredients (for 2 people)
6 slices of yeast cake
3 tablespoons of butter
100ml of milk
2 fistfuls of fresh cranberries
a fistful of blueberries
a fistful of blackberries
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of orange juice
a pinch of cinnamon


I wonder if there is something you cannot add to herrings? I think only meat doesn't go with this fish. Herrings with onion, vegetables, herbs, spices – you can always add something tasty to make a great new dish. Last year herrings with cranberries were my culinary discovery. This year I think spicy herrings with pickled mushrooms will be my favourite herring dish. They are just the way I like them – a bit sweet, a bit spicy, a bit sour – in one word – yummy! I'm not the only one who likes them. The next time I have to make a lot more, because my daughter ate almost everything– she is a fan of herrings.

4 pieces of herring in oil
chili pepper
1 small red onion
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
10-12 pickled mushrooms
3-4 tablespoons of olive oil


In Germany and Austria during Advent they serve small almond-vanilla cookies. They are crunchy and fragrant and they herald Christmas, and they are excellent not only for Advent. This year I abandoned the old recipe for crunchy cookies and made almond cookies without flour. They looked beautiful and tasted like a traditional Florentine, but I added a bit of sweet cream, and my cookies had a more creamy taste and smooth consistency. I didn't cover them with chocolate, so they are lighter and you can eat them without remorse.

100g of almond flakes
100g of chopped almonds
70g of ground almonds
150g of dried cranberries
175g of sugar
75g of butter
150ml of 30% sweet cream


In Poland, depending on the region, on Christmas Eve people eat borscht or mushroom soup. Some families prepare both. There are also families which make excellent fish soup. My mum always made mushroom soup and served it with fettuccini. Sometimes she made fish soup with the leftover fish after preparing jellied carp. This gentle fish broth with carrot and small noodles was for the children who were hungry before Christmas Eve supper.

We love fish soup, so sometimes I prepare it in my kitchen. I like this awesome soup with many kinds of fish and seafood, so it isn't a cheap dish. But it is worth it.

I cook my soup in stages. Firstly, I slowly cook fish broth with lots of vegetables and seasoning. Then I spice up my soup with some tomatoes and pepper, and finally I add the fish, shrimps and octopus and boil on a low heat so as not to break up the fish pieces. There are many ingredients, but it is easy. Firstly I prepare all the ingredients beforehand, so I only need to add things, stir and spice it up. At the end I like to add a lot of coriander, but because my family doesn't like it, I usually use dill instead.

Ingredients (for 5 people)
800g of different kinds of fish
20 shrimps
2-3 cooked tentacles of an octopus
fish bouillon
leftover fish: heads, bodies with bones, fins, shrimp shells
2 carrots
2 parsley roots
a piece of celery root
a piece of leek
1 clove of garlic
1 big onion
3 bay leaves
4 allspices
6-8 peppers
2 twigs of rosemary

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