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Danish Christmas Day Rice Pudding with Cherry Sauce Recipe (Risalamande)

In Denmark, many Danes end Christmas Day dinner with an almond and rice pudding dessert with cherry sauce called Risalamande (pronounced rees-sil-lā-mon-de. ) Actually you can make and eat Risalamande any time of the year but it is often associated with Christmas because one of the ingredients in Risalamande is a rice porridge called Risengrød (pronounced risen-groo with a hint of a d sound at the end) which again, you can eat any time of the year. It is a tradition to serve Risengrød as part of Christmas Eve dinner and put some outside for the gnomes (similar to bribing Santa Claus with cookies and milk.) If you don’t thank the gnomes (Nisse in Danish, Tomte in other Scandinavian countries) for protecting the family from harm with a bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve, the nisser (plural for nisse) will get mad and play tricks on you.  But you don’t want to give all of the leftover porridge to the gnomes! By the time Christmas day rolls around, the nisser should be fat and happy a

Freezer Meal: British Beef Pies

With our unplanned water damage room renovations  happening during the holidays, I know there will be days we don’t want to cook dinner after working on any number of projects or, in the case of the kitchen, not able to use the stove to to cook a real food dinner.

I’m going to try something new. I’m dipping my toe into the making freezer meal waters.




I don’t do once a month cooking because my freezer is small and will freezer burn food by the end of the month. Also there is the whole devoting an entire weekend to making giant batches of food all day when we all know my weekends should be devoted to sitting on the sofa and petting Lacey all day until my arms fall off.

I'm not completely unreasonable. You take me for walks too. Just as long as you spend all of your waking hours with me its all good.


I’m going to do this on a very small scale. I’m going to try cooking make a head meals by cooking an extra large batch of food for dinner every once and awhile, vacuum sealing the leftovers, and freezing them for a homemade heat and eat meal when we need it a week or so later.

My first freezer meal recipe wasn't a traditional freezer meal recipe. It was something I've wanted to try making at home – pastie (pronounced paa-stea.)  A pastie is a hand meat pie that looks like a turnover. Instead of finding apples or fruit inside, it has a meat and vegetable filling.

freezer meal beef pie
My first pastie attempts didn’t look like the perfect turnover like shape. The yummy taste made up for my fail in the looks department.

I wasn’t sure what type of pastie I wanted to make (Cornish, Irish, etc.) I Googled until I found a Michigan Pastie Recipe (get it here) that looked good.  I made the recipe as written with the exception of the dough I used lactose free milk and Bisquick to make the dough because I stink at making pastry dough that is suppose to behave like pastry dough.

The recipe makes a lot of meat pies. After failing to make several meat pies that looked nothing like a pastie, I pulled out a cupcake pan and used it to make small lunch size pastie with the rest of the filling and dough.

Freezer Meal Beef Pastie
Cute bite size beef pastie!

I baked the pastie according to the recipe and allowed them to cool. Then I vacuum sealed them with my Food Saver and popped them into the freezer.

The pastie froze and reheated well. Vacuum sealing the meat pies kept them safe from my nemesis Freezer Burn. Success!

What are your favorite make ahead freezer meal recipes?

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