As folklore has it, in Germany, Austria, and many Central European states, St. Nicholas and Krampus were partners. On the eve of St. Nicholas Day the two would work together, St. Nicholas would fill the boots of the good children with fruits, sweets or other treats, and Krampus would kidnap the naughty children, often beating them, and drag them away from their homes.
Krampus wore chains and bells, and was said to have the cloven hooves and horns of a goat, with a long, barbed tongue. So yeah, horrifying enough to scare the naughty children straight, I'd say.
Like the legend of St. Nicholas, the legend of Krampus has evolved over the years—there are modern-day festivals where adults dress like Krampus and walk the streets on the night of December 5th (St. Nicholas eve), carrying chains and clanging bells. And of course, it's been sensationalized by Hollywood, the figure of Krampus often being depicted as a monster that acts separate of jolly old St. Nick.
Hence, this month's Food 'n Flix pick! There have been at least a handful of films made about Krampus, but my assignment to you this month is the 2015 flick starring Toni Collette and Adam Scott. I look forward to seeing what this inspires from everybody in the kitchen this month.
*Please note that submissions close a few days earlier than normal this month, since I plan on posting the appropriately-themed roundup on Christmas Day (since posting by St. Nicholas eve wouldn't give us much time).
How to participate in Food 'n Flix:
- Watch Krampus. Taking inspiration from the film, head into the kitchen and cook or bake or make something.
- Post about it on your blog with a link back to THIS POST and a link to Food 'n Flix. Use of the logo is optional.
- Alternately, post a photo of the dish you made on Instagram (public accounts only). You must include the following in your caption: short intro, recipe, #FoodnFlix and tag (@roadstokitchen).
- You must post must be current (during month of film). And of course we don't mind if your post is linked to other events...the more the merrier.
- Have fun with it!
- Email your entries - both blog and instagram - to me at "firstname.lastname@example.org" and cc "email@example.com" and include:
-name of blog as you want it written (or Instagram account)
-name of the dish/drink you created AND a direct link to your post (blog or Instagram)
-attach a photo or give permission to pull one from your post
-indicate "Food 'n Flix Submission" in the subject line
Checkout the roundup here: Recipes inspired by Krampus