Do I smell feasting, desserts, and good company just round’ the corner?! Mmm it’s almost time to NOMZ! While we’re trying to decide what to cook for Christmas, perhaps we could get some inspiration from these seriously ah-mazing meals.
Italy: Feast of the Seven Fishes
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It’s a tradition that the Italians abstain from red meat before Christmas to practice abstinence. As for the dishes, it could be a 7 to 10 course meals, but there’s no hard and fast rule about this one, except that seafood must be cooked on Christmas eve.
Japan: Fried chicken
Eating fried Chicken during Christmas is really a THING. People pre-order their Christmas Chickens way ahead of time! It’s all thanks to the marketing prowess of KFC, which started the whole Christmas Chicken ‘tradition’. Other than fried chickens, they would often purchase a sponge cake, sort of like a Japanese sponge cake! (sounds a lot better than the traditional sweet fruit cake)
Russia: 12 dishes
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Some Russians fast on the eve of Christmas day and would only break their fast when the first star appears. They break their fast with a dish known as kutia, which is a porridge made from rice or barley and topped with berries, raisins, and honey and eaten in one common bowl. After which, 12 dishes will be served to represent the 12 disciples of Jesus.
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Christmas isn’t complete without the Lechon Asado (roast suckling pig). It’s a big must for them and has always been a weekend tradition.
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The Spanish really up-ed their game with this one. Not just any ordinary turkey but turkey stuffed with black truffles called Pavo Trufado de Navidad. It’s THE centrepiece of every Christmas dinner. And yes, their nougats, or better known as Turron, are traditional Christmas desserts.
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A must have on the Christmas dinner is this food called Hallacas, which looks like a gigantic otak-otak! Interestingly, the inside is made of corn dough wrapped in a mixture of meats, raisins, and olives. This bread above is known as Pan de Jamón. It’s a sweet bread stuffed with ham, olives, and raisins and almost always paired with hot chocolate.
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Here’s a dinner we’re probably more familiar with. A Christmas dinner in the UK typically comprises of a roast turkey, accompanied by roasted vegetables served with cranberry sauce. Although the Christmas fruitcake is the age old tradition, this flaming pudding is the absolute highlight. This Christmas pudding is set alight with Brandy and served. Mmmmmm