Did your family or ancestors serve traditional dishes for the holidays? Was there one dish that was unusual?
There is one special things that we always had at Christmas which I've never known anyone else to have. As a matter of fact when I tell people one of the ingredients they usually look at me like I'm making it up! It sounds simple enough - it's just a fruit cup with grapefruit, oranges, grapes and sugar. It's the grapes that make it something rather unique. For some reason, the grapes that were traditionally used were the kind that had seeds. Before they could go into the fruit cup the grapes had to be PEELED and then cut in half and the seeds had to be removed. It's the PEELED part that always causes the stares of disbelief!
Many years when I was a child I helped with that particular task. I'd have to stopped multiple times and wash my hands and arms as I seemed to get sticky from about the fingertips to the elbows on both hands. It would take forever to peel the required number of grapes!
This delicacy was particular to my Mom's side of the family. It was always consumed right before Christmas dinner and was always, at least for the adults, served in an ornate crystal goblet. For those of us kids who liked this concoction, we usually were served in plastic glasses!
In later years, as everyone started going to less labor intensive holidays, sometimes the person in charge of fixing this would use seedless grapes and NOT PEEL THEM! We all agreed that peeling grapes was probably rather silly, but it just never tasted the same - or as good - unless the grapes were peeled.
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