Zephyrus From Norway, joined Jan 2005, 21 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 months 14 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
As the A.Net community is an international one, it would be interesting to hear about the varying Christmas fare traditions from around the globe.
As for myself, I hail from Norway, where the most important day of Christmas is Christmas Eve (24th), being the first day of several familiar gatherings around the dinner table (and this being our day for the unwrapping of presents).
With respect to Christmas fare traditions, Norway is divided east-to-west, whereas the Eastern part of Norway enjoy what is called "Ribbe" (Loin rib of pork).
In my part of the country, Western Norway, most people swear by what we call "Pinnekjøtt" (salted and cured mutton ribs).
...both of which are traditionally washed down with "Juleøl" ("Christmas beer" darkish, malted beer) and Aquavit (Schnaps laced with caraway and other herbs.
So - what do YOU eat for Christmas? Bring it on!
Merry Christmas to all!
"The dreaded seven-engine approach" (B-52 on final w/ one engine shut down)
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5870 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (11 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1550 times:
On Christmas eve (which is when we celebrate Christmas), we had Flæskesteg (roast pork with a crisp crackling/rind), white & brown (caramelised) potatos and red cabbage. For dessert, we had the customary risalamande, which is basically a rice pudding mixed with whipped cream, chopped almonds and vanilla, and served with warm cherry sauce. A few whole almonds are thrown in and whoever finds that wins a small price (in my extended family, that has ranged from small toys to a lottery ticket for the kids, to doing the dishes or arranging a guided tour of Italian vinyards for the adults (that year, we had arranged to rent a vinyard in Italy for a joint summer holiday the following summer)).
The 25th we usually have a Julefrokost, or Yule lunch, which involves a lot of small dishes, warm and cold, served with plenty of wine, beer and snaps. As a result, everyone is usually too plastered to care for dinner, which is usually just some heated leftovers.
We usually drive home either late on the 25th or early on the 26th, depending on where we were staying. We had our christmas at my half-sisters this year, so I just took the train and bus home yesterday, an easy 25 minute ride.
We had: smoked salmon with a salad garnish for starter; roast turkey, roast potatoes, roast carrots & parsnips, sprouts with pancetta, peas & corn, home-made apricot, cranberry & almond stuffing, sausage meat, home-made cranberry sauce, gravy; followed by traditional Christmas pudding with brandy cream.
Growing up in Winnipeg (large-ish Jewish community) I got invited over to then g.f.'s home on 'that' day .... yes ! Huge amounts of Chinese. I noted several dishes with shrimp in them. Not kosher ?
This year, I was hosting. Current g.f. moved in Christmas Eve for a few days, with her 110 lb mastiff. Fortunately a good natured beast. Christmas brunch for the two (three ?) of us was prawn crepes with cheese sauce. Definitely diet food. Of course served with champagne. Mid afternoon when another couple came over, the rest of the prawns pan fried with garlic, plus perogies, sour cream, and crumbled bacon. A dry white wine to accompany.
Salad (endive & arugula, mainly)
Roast venison (infused with whole cloves of garlic, finished with rosemary)
Roast potatoes with hunter sauce
Mixed carrots & green beans (steamed)
Wine: Marques de Caceres Gran Reserva 2001 (Spanish Rioja, very full bodied)
Dessert: Jen made (did not buy) wildberry cheesecake (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries). Definitely diet food.
Afters: Irish coffee.
Needless to say, no one was driving that night. And a good time was had by all.
Hopefully everyone in A.netland had an enjoyable Christmas, and all the best for 2013 !