Christmas all over the world – USA – New York


„Santa Claus“ comes from the American way to pronounce the Dutch word „Sinterklaas“. Because it were the Dutch who brought their Santa in the year 1641 to „God’s country“ and who founded the town New Amsterdam – today better known as New York.

The way Santa is presented today was created by an American illustrator. 1860 Thomas Nast drew the first Santa Claus in a red costume with white fur trimming and a broad leather belt. „Santa Claus“ enters through the chimney and brings the presents in the night of December 24th. Mostly stockings are hung at the fireplace and are filled by Santa.
„Santa Claus“ replaces the Christ Child in America who cannot be everywhere at the same time. His is not to be confused with our St. Nicholas.


Baked polenta with mushroom ragout
Mushroom ragout

  • 100 g Mushrooms frozen
  • 40 g Potatoes
  • 6 g Onions
  • Vegetable broth
  • Heavy cream
  • Salt
  • Parsley
  • Starch
  • Oil

Peel potatoes and cut into small pieces, chop onions and sauté.
Add potatoes and mushrooms, add broth if necessary, purée and add cream and bind with starch
Add parsley and season with salt and pepper
1 Baking sheet


  • 500g Polenta
  • 2 l Vegetable broth
  • 3 Eggs
  • 100g Butter
  • 150g Grated cheese

Cook polenta in vegetable broth untill creamy Separate the egg white from the yolk and cream with butter until light. Mix with polenta
Add beaten egg whites and around half of the cheese. Spread on the sheet and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for appr.50 minutes
Quelle : Christmas cooking Fona Verlag