In the season of the cinnamon-orange memories, full of warm wine aroma, star anise and cardamom, Chef Iva was born.
It’s time to cook all the scents, tastes and delights, that remind us of winter, the snow, the warmth of home and the Christmas stars, because it’s not just a holiday, when miracles happen, but it’s a magical moment, in which I become a kid again.
I close my eyes and imagine the smiling faces of the people around the fireplace, a Christmas tree, covered in countless colorful toys, reflecting the light, flickering playfully… and flavours, I imagine flavours. From the kitchen, a scent of freshly baked Stollen, mulled wine, Raclette, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread cookies, I can go on forever, because each Christmas memory inside of me has to it an emotion, shape, smell and taste.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, since the beginning of time, care and love come hand in hand with cooking, because “there’s no greater act of kindness and humanity, as to cook for someone”.
Meanwhile the restoration of Christmas tastes around the Globe, I would like to tell you the story of Klaus, the gander living on the canal passing by our Amsterdam home, who, because we’re buddies, will not be eaten for Christmas! I’m on a mission to take care and protect him.
There was this funny German joke, in which they asked the Dresden geese, what should people choose from Christmas dinner, to which all the geese replied in one voice “Carp, carp”… therefore a classic Christmas meal would have either goose, duck or carp.