December 24, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
But please indulge me today and let me digress!
When I was little, I grew up around old world Italian and old world Greek families!
The ol’ (not old) adage is if you came from a small family, you wanted a big one and and if you had a big one (on occasion lol) you wanted a small one!
So “preserving” traditions (of any culture) was and is important to me!
Our family had many Christmas Stollen Moments and Almond Bread Smiles.
My name is Joanne aka Joanna aka mickeydownunder aka FANG and I have a confession!
I STILL believed in Santa Claus aka Father Christmas in Australia until I was 25!
While I knew (and hope there are not many children reading my blog with their parents today lol), Santa Claus was a “mythical, magical, man,”, I used to love the “tradition of magic” that happened at Christmas!
Neighbors who didn’t have the time to talk to each other during the year because they were too busy, all of sudden MADE time to visit and enjoy a conversation and Almonds Bread Smiles over coffee!
“What does that have to do with Stollen (not spelled incorrectly lol) Moments?, I “hear” you say?
Thank you for asking and with my story, I will get on my way!
One of our family traditions on Christmas Eve was we opened one present each.
Christmas morning was always about Christmas Stollen Moments as breakfast always included a “wonderfully home made fruit Stollen”; fruit cake containing dried fruit covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar made with dried fruits, nuts and spices.
It is “traditionally” a German cake eaten during Christmas and is also known as Christstollen or Weihnachtsstollen.
Fast Forward….to Queen Lou’s and my visit to Salta in Bocca, a participating Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail business.
For the history and romantic story surrounding Salta in Bocca, feel free to re-acquaint yourself with Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail, Flavours of Campbelltown Media Tour 2013, Back on the Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail and Campbelltown Moonlight Markets!
Owners Therese and Andreas produce some of the finest almond breads in Australia!
During the Christmas season, Therese bakes her “infamous” Stollen and Stained Glass Almond breads. (which I have previously referred to in posts as cookies lol)
Today’s visit was fun as Therese shared her Christmas Stollen Moments and Almond Bread Smiles with Queen Lou and me and all who visited that day!
I must admit, Therese’s Stollen is fantastic and Queen Lou and Chef Georgio agrees; Princess What? stopped by the other day with Prince Giancarlo and gave Salta in Bocca’s Stollen two thumbs up too!
Therese’s Stollen with each bite, brings back many fond childhood memories for me!
Once Therese’s Stollen sells out (and it does every year), that’s it until the next Christmas season.
Therese’s Stained Glass Cookies (Almond breads) are special and makes for a great surprise gift for that last minute person on your list or that surprise pressie (Australian lingo for present) you did not know you were going to receive!
Seeing that it’s Christmas Eve (here), I will keep this post short for you to view and I have a few last minute things myself to do!
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I wish all of my readers worldwide a very Merry Christmas if they are celebrating, A Happy Holiday Season and will look forward to a Healthy, Happy New Year full of many wonderful fun-filled food adventures!
LOTS of exciting fun coming here in the New Year!
If you could pick two favorite food photos on my board from this year, what would they be?
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Have you ever made your own Stollen or Almonds Breads?
I am glad today, I could share my Christmas Stollen Moments and Almond Bread Smiles with you!