There we go again, it’s that time of the year again – bow, blizzard, carols, poinsettias and presents. And, food, of course. The festive season has arrived and diets and calorie headaches can now take the back seat. We all love great food, don’t we? And what better time to try out some new dishes than the time of advent. Here are some appetising Christmas delicacies around the world that will make you drool. Enjoy!
Malta: Imbuljuta tal-Qastan
A traditional drink served after Midnight Mass on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It is the perfect recipe for those special nights where you want something hot. It is made using cocoa, chestnuts, cloves and citrus zest.
France: Great scallop (Coquilles Saint-Jacques)
Le Reveillon is not complete without the Pecten Maximus. It is made with scallops and herbs and cheese, served in little shells as an appetiser. Add that to the list of reasons to move to France. The réveillon is a long dinner and dishes include roast turkey with chestnuts or roast goose, oysters, lobster, venison and various cheeses.
Italy: Feast of Seven dishes (Festa Dei Sette Pesci)
Traditionally known as “The Vigil” in Italy, this meal is a celebration that commemorates the wait for the birth of baby Jesus. Includes Calamari, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi (Prawn garlic). Yum.
There must be more to Russian cuisine than borscht. These fish appetisers feature many sour and salty flavours, making them excellent with shots of vodka. Caviar is served as part of the zakuski.
Brazil: Ceia de Natal
The Christmas meal in Brazil is a feast served on December 24. It includes platters of ham, roast turkey and in some parts, roast pork and fish. This turkey feast is unlike anything.
Polish people have a vegetarian feast on Christmas eve known as Wiglia. It begins with everyone sharing the Christmas wafer, oplatek and wishing good things for the upcoming new year. It generally includes beetroot soup with uszka (ravioli).
Austria: Sacher Torte (Chocolate cake)
Sachertorte Cake, also know as Sacher Cake and Eduard Sacher Torte is a famous classic Viennese cake. Probably the most famous chocolate cake of all-time. This chocolate sponge and apricot jam cake served with whipped cream is heavenly.
German Christmas is not complete without this bread known as stollen, a spirited, spiced, sugar-topped brick house packed with nuts and raisins. Fruitcake lovers hop in.
Risalamande is a traditional Danish dessert typically served at Christmas. This almond-cherry rice pudding is a feast to the souls itself.
India: Gulab Jamun and Kheer
India may have about 2.3% of Catholics comprising the whole population of 1.2 billion people, but food is one thing that brings everybody together. And what better way to treat yourselves on Christmas than with a plate full of Gulab Jamun and kheer (pudding).
Merry Christmas folks!