Here’s a peek into the kitchens of the world during Christmas time!
It’s a summer Christmas always! So barbeque time – prawns, steak and chicken, on the beaches ending the huge feast with ice creams and sorbets. Have a taste of Barbequed Chicken.
Czech Republic: As a tradition (and an auspicious event) people sit in even numbers for dinner which can be fish soup, salads, eggs and carp.
Finland: It is customary to see casseroles of macaroni, rutabaga, carrots and potatoes, with ham or turkey or a mixed platter of meat and fish.
Germany: The popular poultry is still goose, roasted whole and served with potatoes, cabbage, carrots, parsnip and pickles. However, rural southern Germany still relishes wild boar and venison on Christmas day.
The traditional Christmas dinner recipes
may include ‘kiviak’: little seabirds named auks that are a bit like penguins, wrapped in sealskin and they are buried whole in this sealskin for several months till they reach an advanced stage of decomposition. Considered a delicacy. Other foods that are enjoyed are soups and stews, barbequed fish, or even raw fish. Baked apples and berried with crisp toppings and Danish pastries form the desserts. You could try out a simple Apple Crumble
Italy: An Italian Christmas lunch is a leisurely seven course feast: antipasto, a small portion of pasta, roast meat, two salads, two sweet puddings followed by cheese, fruit, brandy and chocolates.
Jamaica: The traditional Christmas dinner is rice, peas, chicken, ox tail and curried goat.
Portugal: A special meal includes salted dry cod-fish with boiled potatoes eaten at midnight on Christmas Eve.
Russia: Christmas delicacies include cakes, pies and meat dumplings.
South Africa: It is the hot summer season during Christmas but they traditionally have a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Sweden: A super buffet for Christmas boasting of varieties of shellfish, pork, cooked and raw herring fish, caviar, cheese and brown beans.
United Kingdom: Christmas Pudding
and Mince Pies are top of the list. A Christmas luncheon with family and friends will have turkey, roast vegetables, sausage and bacon. With the two favoured desserts even chocolates are generously passed around.
: With its multi cultural population, there is nothing specific as a Christmas feast. However, in small towns and rural America, goose, turkey, a variety of vegetables, squash, and pumpkin pie are traditionally eaten on Christmas day. Families from Western European origins enjoy turkey or ham with cranberry sauce. Families from Eastern European origins have a larger spread with turkey and its trimmings, keilbasi (a Polish sausage), cabbage preparations and some soups. It could be Christmas lasagna for some Italian families! Something like Spinach and Mozzarella Lasagna
could interest you!