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What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:24 pm

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!

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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:26 pm

This year's menu:

Waldorf Salad

Prime Rib
Yorkshire Pudding
Consomme
Roasted Potatoes and Root Vegetables
Green Bean Casserole

Cherry Pie


Likewise, Merry Christmas!

[Edited 2012-12-25 05:30:37]
 
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:30 pm

Hi!

Many thanks. Interesting to read. Of course if I was in Norway for Christmas I would have a Narvesen Hot Dog! I remember them fondly.

Here we have turkey with stuffing and yellow rice (rice with saffron). A kind of mix I guess.

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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:05 pm

We do the Turkey and Stuffing, Ham, Candied Sweet Potatoes on Thanksgiving at a big extended family gathering.

We used to do a standing rib roast on the grill for Christmas dinner, but now that the grandkids are getting to be teenagers, we just have extended snacks all day long - not a big dinner.
 
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:14 pm

Quoting Zephyrus (Thread starter):

Indeed, but there are also other tradittional typical christmas dinners in Norway. Read more about the variuous here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julebord
 
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:35 pm

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a feast at a slightly upscale all-you-can-eat place.

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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:16 pm

We had:

Tamales (pork, venison) with hot red sauce
Bacalao (salted codfish, portuguese style)
Roast Turkey
Lasagana Bolognese
Spinach Canelloni
Breaded praws
Tres Leches cake for dessert

The first two are what most Mexican families would have, add a leg of pork instead of the turkey. But since my mother hails from Argentina, from Italian ancestry, we have the rest.

Prawns, well, I always find an excuse to eat prawns!

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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:25 pm

Jewish tradition is Chinese food.
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:29 pm

Quoting Zephyrus (Thread starter):
What Do You Eat For Christmas?  

Whatever my grandmother has cooked. Probably something soaked in grease and/or butter.
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:49 pm

Growing up, it was always turkey and dressing, but around our household these days, we tend to tamales. Good tamales are ample and eloquent proof that there is a God, and He loves us very much.

Sometimes throw in a ham, potatoes, smoked turkey, and tres leches cake for dessert.
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:00 pm

Lots of pork filet wrapped in thin bacon strips, and the whole stuff covered with puff paste. Yummm.


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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:02 am

I'm Jewish so when I'm not working I do the in thing for us Jews on Christmas; graze on Chinese food!
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:24 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 8):
Whatever my grandmother has cooked. Probably something soaked in grease and/or butter.

Ha, that rings a bell! My gran loves to help, but her cooking is, frankly, awful. This year she was in charge of the stuffing and Christmas pudding, thankfully nothing too important.
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:40 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:43 pm

We had hallacas (Venezuelan) earlier in the month, when me other half came to visit. These are DELISH! All the Irish relatives were raving about them  

For Christmas Day, I tried turkey & cranberry sauce, with stuffing, potatoes roasted in goose fat, carrots & peas, & potato croquettes.

I normally hate Christmas dinner cause the turkey always seems to go cold really quick!
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:09 pm

Kentucky Fried Chicken...had reservations. 
 
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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:34 pm

Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 15):
Kentucky Fried Chicken

  

Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 15):
...had reservations.

  

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.

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RE: What Do You Eat For Christmas?

Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:59 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
Jewish tradition is Chinese food.

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 ?  Wow!

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.

Dinner:

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 !
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