Christmas is just around the corner and to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year we’re bringing you a series of Christmas-themed blogs ranging from Christmas markets and festive traditions, to delicious food both savoury and sweet.
Our third instalment of our Christmas Blog Series takes a look at everyone’s favourite topic – food! We’ve had a look at some of the tasty Christmas treats people enjoy in other countries – need inspiration for Christmas? Keep on reading…
The French love rich food so at Christmas they often enjoy a seafood spread complete with smoked salmon and oysters, paired with a lovely bottle of champagne.
For those with a sweet tooth, the traditional Bûche de Noël (Yule Log), Kouglaf (a Bundt-like cake) and honey nougat are enjoyed throughout the festive season.
Japan doesn’t have a traditional Christmas meal so a few years ago KFC saw an opportunity and introduced a special Christmas Bucket which also included Christmas cake. It became so popular, people now have to book at least 2 months in advance to secure a coveted spot in one of KFC’s branches!
Italy is know for it delicious food, both savoury and sweet – at Christmas this is no exception and Italians take delight in enjoying a range of festive treats. A popular option hailing from Milan is Panettone, a flavourful sweet option which looks like a cake but has a brioche-like texture. Traditionally peppered with dried fruit and spices, variations such as chocolate and pistachio are also immensely popular.
In Denmark, Christmas food is kept relatively simple but extremely flavoursome; traditionally, Risalamande (rice pudding) with cherries is eaten and a whole almond is also stirred into some of the mixture – the fortunate recipient is said to have a lucky new year.
Scandinavians also enjoy a main meal of Flæskesteg, a savoury dish of pork served with potatoes and cabbage. Their chosen tipple is something called Glögg, a delicious warming mulled wine that packs a hefty punch.
On Christmas Eve, the traditional food of choice is a simple dish of cod and potatoes. To add a little bit of sweetness, the preferred desserts is Filhós – delicious, deep-fried pastries made from flour and eggs, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Custard tarts are also a fan-favourite for the Portuguese.
In Ethiopia, Christmas food isn’t eaten until 7th January after a 40-day vegan fast. The traditional food eaten after this fast is called Rooster Doro Wat – a meat stew with hard-boiled eggs in sauce with injera (a teff based flatbread, also used as a utensil).
Russians definitely have a sweet tooth as their favourite Christmas treats consist of Kozula – a buttery spiced cookie shaped like a deer, sheep of goat and Sochivo – a wheat grain porridge infused with honey, walnuts, dried fruit and poppy seeds which is eaten on Christmas eve.
Last but certainly not least, Germany is know for its delicious marzipan at Christmas and the traditional Stollen cake is a perfect example; filled with marzipan, fruit and spices; this festive treat is well worth a try! If gingerbread is more your cu of tea, make sure you try Lebkuchen, these spiced ginger-molasses cookies are perfect for a post-Christmas dinner snack.