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Travelling Christmas Eve

Travelling Christmas Eve


Christmas time… Those who know us already know that we spend this time with our family, but also travelling. It wasn’t always like that. The time of change and transformation lasted several years.

How it all started, you can read
in the article “Ural: The Beginning.”

Christmas Eve levels

We went through four levels of Christmas Eve.

πŸŽ„ Level One

The official family Christmas Eve on elegant tableware.

Pros and cons : the risk of mentioning compromising family stories for the 17th time. You often have to eat what they give and how much they give, and the grandmother does not take prisoners. πŸ™‚

πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ Level Two

Christmas Eve at the hotel – outsourced. The choice of offer determines what we will eat. Several times we spent this time in the MoΕ›cicki Hotel in Spala. It really is a good quality kitchen for a very affordable Christmas offer.

Pros: zero effort.
Cons: we’re not sure we’ll like everything.

We don’t know who we’re going to get at the table nearby, the neighbor may be more troublesome than Uncle John with his stories from his youth.

How is it possible that the gifts are in the hotel?

πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ Level Three

Christmas Eve in a climatic wooden house in Masuria – everything depends on us. We had this approach three times.

The first time we wanted to repeat the home version. So we go and do it on the spot. It’s not necessarily a good road. However, it is more sensible to spread out the necessary kitchen work over time.

The assumption was that we prepare what we like, not what tradition requires.

The next time we were wiser with the experience of the previous year and at home we prepared supplies for Christmas.

We had no transport restrictions. We could come with a big bowl of vegetable salad.

Our Christmas menu:

  • two kinds of fish
  • salad, bread
  • roasted ham
  • three kinds of dumplings
  • several kinds of cakes
  • kutia
  • cakes
  • Dried fruit compote

Unfortunately, it’s too much.

The third time we decided to be clever and took a quarter of what we did before. And this time we had two complications:

fireplace + potatoes + tzatziki = I can’t eat what we brought

And there was an impression that everything is good, but there’s not enough uszka (small dumplings) with the borscht.

πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ Level Four

Christmas Eve on the road. So we take what we like and it’s easy to transport.

We noticed that the more touristic the trip, the more reduced Christmas Eve is. Of course, with the obligatory (and liked) elements, without which Christmas Eve simply won’t happen. We have opted for a smaller selection, with care for the best quality of products.

This is how we approached the trip to Norway, Murmansk and Chelyabinsk.

Uszka 2018


  • Greek-style-fish (pollock fried in pancake batter, accompanied by stewed carrot, onion, parsley and celery).
  • Roasted salmon (the simplest version, salmon only needs butter, lemon, parsley, salt and pepper, and a moment of peace in the oven)
  • Kutia. Without Kutia, there will be no Christmas. But making a good Kutia at home requires a whole series of magic activities, with cooking wheat and milling poppy seeds. Luckily, there is a good base for it on the market, produced by Grycan. Next we add nuts, almonds, figs, dried apricots and decent buckwheat honey.
  • Profi borscht – it has been driving with us for years. Once we tested all the available on the market and the results confirmed that this particular borscht is the closest taste to the one we would cook ourselves if we cooked it. And which we have already cooked before. Sometimes we add a little mushroom stock to the borscht from the Profi for taste, which is a side effect of preparing the Uszka
  • Uszka with mushroom (they have been prepared quite a lot earlier, frozen, boiled and buttered at home before departure). Stuffing made from boletus, with stewed onions, salt and pepper, the texture is determined by the egg and breadcrumbs. The secret of good Uszka is the dough – thin and elastic, made only of flour and hot water. We make the uszka as much as we can so that no one has to count them. This year we took 470 pieces with us.

Uszka 2019

To stay in the mood, we take a little Christmas tree, and we hide gifts in the freezer. I mean it. It’s so absurd that girls, despite 10 years, absolutely accept it, rolling around laughing. Girls let us believe that they believe in Santa Claus hiding gifts in random places πŸ™‚

And so we spend Christmas Eve.

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