Christmas Dinner Around the World
No matter where in the world you are, Christmas is about more than tradition and family – it’s also about food. Here at The Fenny Kitchen this Christmas; we are tempting our customers' taste buds with something other than the usual turkey and roast potatoes traditional Christmas dish. On Christmas Day; we are offering a 5 course menu with a choice of delicious starters and mains options of succulent Chicken thigh stuffed with Feta, Olives and Herbs and wrapped in Bacon, Venison and Blueberry Goulash, Aberdeen Angus Steak, Salmon in a Zesty Orange sauce or Rootatouille made with seasonal root vegetables. For those who love their desserts we have several of our mouth-watering desserts to take your pick from; followed by Cheese and Biscuits and Tea/Coffee or Limoncello to finish off the feast. Our new Christmas Special of a whole Poussin with trimmings has proved a big hit with customers and is available all over the Christmas period alongside our Capriolo Venison, Mediterranean Duck slow-cooked in White Wine and Italian herbs, Ox Cheeks, Salmon in Orange and other tasty dishes. Our wood-fired oven is constantly cooking away at our extensive choice of stone-baked pizza’s and calzones which are always very popular with customers.
Traditionally in the UK; Christmas dinner consists of turkey, roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts, parsnips, pigs in blankets, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce with families and relatives all huddled round a big table together. However, it is very different around the world; so we wanted to share with you the different dishes countries enjoy eating to celebrate over the festive period. Sweden
A Swedish Christmas dinner usually begins with cold fish dishes followed by meats, hot food, and dessert. It usually features a Christmas ham, boiled then glazed with eggs, breadcrumbs and mustard – and is served cold along with meatballs, lutfisk, a potato and fish dish and pork sausage. The Swedes also enjoy Glögg which is a mulled wine drunk before or after the meal. Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico, the national dish is a roast suckling pig known as lechon which takes a long time to cook as it requires at least two people turning and watching the pig. This often begins at two in the morning so it is ready in time for Christmas dinner. Morcilla or blood sausage is also served along with meat pastries. For dessert; a coconut-based pudding called tembleque is perfect when paired with coquito, a Puerto Rican spin on eggnog made with condensed milk, coconut milk and rum. Japan
KFC is the food of choice at Christmas in Japan and the tradition began in 1974 when the chicken brand created an advertising campaign called “Kentucky for Christmas”. It became very popular and families have to place their Christmas orders weeks in advance to secure their fried chicken meals. In addition, they also enjoy Christmas cake especially strawberry shortcake. Hot sake is also served on the holiday to wash down the meal. Portugal
Christmas dinner in Portugal consists of variations of codfish and boiled potatoes; but it is the variety of desserts and pastries that take centre stage. They enjoy two types of Christmas cake - Bolo Rei, a nut- and fruit-filled concoction and Bolo Rainha, a variation with no candied fruit along with filhoses (fried dough covered in cinnamon and sugar) and Broa (small sweets made from egg yolk and sweet potato). Eastern Europe
In Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine; meat, eggs and milk are all kept off the table by the regulations of the Nativity Fast practised by the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches. Whilst this fast is not so strictly observed as it once was; you can expect to see pescatarian and grain-based dishes laid out on the table usually including herring, carp or pike. Beverages such as dried fruit compote or cranberry kisiel are also common. Germany
Christmas in Germany is celebrated with a dinner of duck, goose, rabbit or a roast along with potato and red cabbage dumplings. For dessert, Stollen, a fruit bread of nuts, spices and dried fruit topped with powdered sugar is a traditional favourite and gingerbread houses, called pfefferkuchenhaus. The Germans enjoy Feuerzangenbowle or “fire tong” punch, a hot mulled wine and rum drink along with a regular mulled wine called Glühwein. Norway
Roast Pork served with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes is on the menu in Norway on Christmas Eve along with a whole, steamed sheep’s head with the ear and eye eaten first and the brain taken out and served boiled or fried. For dessert, Multekrem is made by mixing cloudberries with whipped cream and sugar. America
Thanksgiving in America is celebrated with turkey or ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. For Jewish people living in America, the tradition is to eat Chinese food and most Chinese restaurants open on the holiday. Greenland
In a role reversal on Christmas Day, the men serve the women their Christmas meal in Greenland and dish up mattak, strips of whale blubber encased in whale fat. They also enjoy “kiviak,” a dish of flesh from auks buried in whole sealskin for several months and served once it begins to decompose. Dessert is Christmas porridge served with butter and topped with cinnamon and sugar. Jamaica
Christmas Dinner is prepared the night before in Jamaica and includes fruits, sorrel, meat and punch with the main being anything from turkey to curry goat or stewed oxtail. From all of us at The Fenny Kitchen; if you are not joining us to celebrate on Christmas Day; we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy spending time with your family and friends…..and remember no Christmas dinner is complete without mulled wine!