Host a  Reveillon this Christmas Season

This weekend we decided to host a traditional French Canadian Reveillon for our British friends.  Traditionally celebrated in Europe On Christmas Eve, the tradition continued in French speaking Canada with a few changes, particularly in the menu.  Family and friends would gather after attending midnight mass and celebrate with singing, dancing, and eating.  The common roast turkey was replaced with  pork dishes, especially pigs foot stew.  Of course maple syrup is one of the main ingredients!  

OUR MENU - local cheeses and homemade French bread, hubbard squash soup, tourtiere ( a meat pie), fennel and cabbage slaw, pickled beets, raspberry maple tarts, and maple syrup chomeur ( a maple syrup pudding cake)


1 lb ground pork (or a mix of prk, beef, and veal)

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 small potato, grated

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp celery seed

1/4 tsp clove

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup water

pastry for a double pie crust

Combine all ingredients, bring to a boil, and cook for 20 minutes.  Cool and pour into crust.  Bake at 400 F for about 45 minutes.