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Oh Christmas! Whether you are hanging stockings around the fireplace on Christmas eve or waiting for kind yet ugly witch on a broomstick to appear on January. There is one thing most Christmas celebrations all have in common. Food! And lots of it. Yup, the turkey isn?t the only thing that gets stuffed this time of year. So put on your favorite stretchy pants as we feast arise on Christmas foods from around the world.
Hi I?m Kate and this is Anglophenia. Now if you?ve already seen our episode on How to Have a British Christmas which you should totally check out by the way, you?ll know that most Brit usually enjoys roast turkey served with brussel sprouts, roasted veggies, gravy and even boiled mashed all roasted potatoes. Hey, we might even have all three joining our lunch Christmas Day. This is often followed by Christmas Pudding which is set on fire before being served with brandy butter. Watch out as this is often a lucky coin hidden somewhere in the middle so chew carefully.
Minced pies are everywhere and a mixture of dried fruit and nuts known as minced meat. Not actual meat as some people mistakenly believed. They are super delicious and slightly moorish. But if you think us Brits are a little peculiar you should see what Iceland talks in doing Christmas.
On Dasher on Dancer on Prancer and Vixen on Comet on Cupid on Donner and Blitz! Wait, has anyone actually seen Blitz lately? Perhaps now would be a good time to mention Iceland?s festive fair which is Roasted Reindeer for Christmas. Although sometimes they?ll choose puffin or grass instead. They tend to fast in weeks leading up to Christmas which generally means avoiding meat.
So to celebrate the last day of fasting on December 23rd they feast on the traditional dish of boiled potatoes and fermented skate which is you can imagine is rather pungent.
To avoid filling the homes the funky fishy fragrant many people choose to eat this traditional dish out on the restaurant instead. Great idea.
A former appetizing tradition often enjoyed in most region of France. If the offering of 13 desserts which are created in on Christ and his 12 apostles. These are left out for 3 days for people to snack on although I doubtedly lost that long in my house. The main Christmas dinner traditionally occurs on Christmas eve in France. Turkey and Goose are favorite often filled with chestnut stuffing. Yummy!
Roasted goose and red cabbage are the stars of Christmas dinner in Germany but the most famous food is Stollen. A sweet fruitcake often baked into a hump which is symbolized by camels who carried the 3 wise men to Jesus. The Germans believe that if you do not dine well in Christmas Eve, you?ll be haunted by demons. So there is really no excuse not to enjoy an extra slice of Stollen or two. You should just keep them coming you can never be too careful.
In Japan nothing screams Christmas more than a bucket of KFC. And I?m not pulling on turkey like this is actually true. As a result of an extremely successful marketing campaign by the finger licking fast food chain during the 70?s, a Cornel convinced a nation who traditionally didn?t celebrate the Christmas that the festive bucket of fried chicken was the best way to celebrate on the day. Even now people in Japan will que around the block to make sure that they have a Kentucky Fried Christmas.
Christians in India celebrate Christmas by eating traditional Biryani or Curry dishes which often followed by sweet and milky pudding known as Kia. Curry?s has also become popular way using a left overs here in UK and our a bit of signature dish on a boxing day. The day after Christmas.
In Italy instead of roast meat they favored fish and celebrating by making the famous feast of seven fishes which usually features a different seafood dishes such as cod, calm in greeny and calamari.
The number of dishes served can vary from region to region as a kind of type of fish but no matter how many fish you eat or how they are served they will all be enjoyed on Christmas Eve instead of the Christmas day. Christmas day lunch in Italy usually kicks of with pasta and broth. Eel parody once featured as one of the main event on Christmas day but this is since be replaced by roast turkey in many parts of the Italy. And of course it wouldn't be Christmas in Italy without a bit of ?Palatony?
Despite Christmas falling in a heat for summer this Australians still enjoy a traditional British Star Christmas feast although with barbeque is just as popular. Australians often prefer a Pavlova for a dessert which is mostly topped with fruit and cream . Although a tradition Christmas pudding is also popular and during the gold rush, a lucky go nugget was often hidden inside insead of a coin. So you can say that it?s rather rich dessert.