Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lunch for a New Year

Growing up in a very traditional family, my mom would always prepare what she referred to as a "Dutch Lunch" on Christmas Eve.  And being the very traditional person that I am, I began doing the same thing when I was first married.  However, after a number of years, I realized that having this particular meal the day before another big meal, just meant too many leftovers to deal with.  So many years ago, I switched our Dutch Lunch to New Year's Day.  It suits this holiday so well.  Especially when there is a lot of football watching going on, and really encourages a nice lazy day of munching here and there.

My husband asked me just what exactly "Dutch Lunch" meant.  I had to ponder for a moment because I really didn't know where the term came from, except that my parents always referred to it as such.  So after looking it up, he enlightened me that a Dutch Lunch is "an individual portion or serving of cold cuts."  So now I know, and I think ours met the definition pretty well:

Happy New Year everyone!


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

...a beautiful spread, Monica!

Sheila said...

I have a friend who spent some years in Germany and many of her meals are German inspired. One thing she likes to pack for her children's lunches is a plowman's lunch. It is very similar to this. I think it must have a similar origin.

I like your idea of switching it to New Year's; definitely a lazy day!

Jennie and Julie said...

What a nice photo, and even nicer 'Dutch Lunch'! It looks so attractively arranged. I really like the way you curved the crachers on the tray, very artistic. I also love deviled eggs, and like how we use them now any time of the year (it was always confined to summer when I grew up). Looks like your family was blessed on New Years. Hope you have a wonderful New Year Monica. Thanks for taking the time to comment on our blog, and know that we are enjoying yours as well. Jennie

koralee said...

Oh this looks lovely my friend...my kind of lunch.
Happy weekend

Tammy said...

This reminds me of what was served for funerals and informal large family gatherings on the German side of my family - they called it "faspas". Basically rolls (zweiback), lunch meats, cheese, and salads.