December 6 has long been associated with a fourth century bishop of Myra, known as Saint Nicholas, and from whence the original idea of exchanging gifts during the Advent season came. Tonight’s menu includes a soup recipe that is readily available from online sources. I have made only a few changes to reflect the fact that chervil is not available to me at this time of year in any form, and have changed proportions of the ingredients somewhat to reflect what I had on hand. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same as proposed by Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette in his book Twelve Months of Monastery Soups. The bread and cookies reflect the legend of the miracle of “wheat multiplication” that you can read about on Wiki. The chocolate coins reflect the legend of his practice of tossing gold coins into the shoes of children who left them outside their doors on the evening of December 5.

Saint Nicholas Soup of carrots, onions, turnips, potatoes, and cabbage wilted in butter and braised with filtered water, then blended until smooth and seasoned with dried savory and sage
Bread Chez Edouard
House-made spiced Speculaas cookies shaped as stockings
Eddie’s chocolate coins