It is tradition in Norway to eat rice porridge to lunch on Christmas eve. It is always served with smoked meats, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, butter and cold refreshing raspberry cordial to wash it down. But perhaps the most important thing is that there must be a blanched almond hidden inside the porridge. You guessed it; the winner of the almond gets the pig. Not a real pig of course, a marzipan pig! The pig can be handmade, but many buy them ready from the supermarket. On Friday it was my Aunt Åse who was the winner of the pig, lucky for us, everyone got a slice of the beast.