As the season suggests, my Ethiopian Gastronomic Journey took place at Christmas markets in Luxembourg City – from the traditional Place d’Armes to the historically vibrant Place De La Constitution.
The Winterlights Festival of Luxembourg City creates a magical colorful wonderland, to wander through the city in spite of the cold weather, as the city is embellished with 560,000 bulbs and almost 45 kilometers of lighting according to the City Magazine.
Its five Christmas markets spread out in the city, awakens all the senses and actuates a warming holiday spirit to rise from within, by providing a seasonal artisan and gastronomic journey from the cheese dish (Raclette) of France and Switzerland to the Hungarian Chimney Cake (Kürtőskalács).
Starting with the obvious and must have Luxembourg’s traditional Christmas market treat. Gromperkichichelcher (potato fritters) is savory, crispy and warmly soft within, pared with the sweetness of Apfelmus (Apple Sauce) is an experience by itself.
I love having this treat at the lively Place d’Armes square of Luxembourg, which usually transforms into a very inspiring tradition vitrine disguised as Christmas market during the holiday season, while creating everlasting memories with Christmas songs sounded from the stage – turned out to be the sound track of that particular experience.
The other Christmas market at Place de la Constitution market has its very own unique character. From Ferris wheel to a giant pyramid in which tracing back its origin can take you way back to the ore mountain region of Germany.
Wooden chalets surrounding Luxembourg’s signature the Golden Lady (Gëlle Fra) providing memorable experience of artisan and gastronomic journey and this is where I found a gem for my Ethiopian gastronomic journey and to add up another eloquent detail in my travel food memoir.
One particular wooden chalet, which prepares a unique treat and which turns out to be my favorite. My sense of smell lead me to this particular wooden chalet with a sign board of Flammlachs.
The smoke coming from flame salmon board where salmon being cooked with open flame suggests warmth and home which reminded me the smoke smell coming out of houses preparing holiday treats back home.
Standing on line, watching the food you are going to eat being prepared and feeling the warmth of the flame and the crackling fire place sound definitely prepares you for unique experience at the Christmas market.
Two ways to enjoy this treat one as a sandwich and one on a plate. The delicate, luscious pink salmon cooked to perfection crumbled into pieces served with refreshing lettuce, slice of lime for citron flavor, cherry tomatoes for color and nourishment and last but not least the condiment – fresh cream with honey and mustard for sweet, savory and creamy taste. I would say it’s a complete dish, which I found as a healthier alternative to enjoy Christmas market.
Christmas market would not be complete without mulled wine (Glühwein). Having a choice between red and white mulled wine at Luxembourg’s Christmas markets actuated me to think as it is a unique experience.
As the season changes from warm to cold, I notice red wine replace white wine. Chilled, dry, and pale green white wine of Luxembourg suggests summer, endless vineyards and the Moselle region of Luxembourg for me. Now because of this refreshing experience of having Luxembourg’s very own white wine transformed into warmly sweet and burst with flavors of spices also suggests – Luxembourg in winter.