The way I see it, the holiday season is split into four days, all of which are based around food: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s. To spice things up this holiday season try some of these dishes from across the globe.
As we all know the holiday season isn’t always filled with joy. To help with bring cheer to those in need Peru’s churches accept donations through the month of December so that they can make a batch of spiced hot chocolate and give it out to those in need on Christmas Eve.
You make it just like a normal cup of hot chocolate, however you add: chili powder, cinnamon sticks and freshly grated nutmeg. This gives a little more spice to an otherwise classic holiday tradition.
In Italy Christmas Eve is considered a vigil or fasting day where they have to restrain from eating red meat. So for Christmas Eve dinner they partake in having seven different types of fish prepared in seven different ways.
- Fried salmon
- Salt cod served on a bed of pasta
- Cod Fish balls in tomato sauce
- Deep fried calamari
- Octopus salad
- Oyster shooters
Not only is this a tasty dish, but it also a fun activity that takes all day to prepare and will surely bring your whole family together. At least that is what they believe in the Philippines.
On Christmas Day the entire family comes over and stuffs a pig with: onions, lemongrass, and garlic. They then roast the pig over an open fire in the back yard.
Leading up to Christmas Day many Greeks fast, meaning that Christmas Day dinner better be good!
A side treat that is common on a Greek Christmas table is Melomakarona. Which is a honey soaked cookie that is topped with ground walnuts.
To make the cookies combine:
1 1/2 cups of light olive oil
1/2 cup of butter
1 cup of beer
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 oranges, grated for zest
6 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
Cook the same as you would any other cookies. Pop them into an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for half an hour.
The day after a holiday celebration is a lazy mess, you’re tired but happy from the fun you had the night before. Instead of heating up your turkey and potatoes in the microwave to try and recreate the meal you just had, try this Singapore soup.
Curry devil soup is eaten on Boxing Day in Singapore, to make this combine all the traditional Christmas Day food into a pot. Put your: chicken, sausage, cucumbers, cabbage and any other vegetables you have in a spicy Singaporean gravy to make this spicy soup.
To make combine:
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of water, (or pour as needed)
25 Chile peppers
1 shrimp paste
6 red onions
1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3 lemon grass
1 tablespoon mustard seed
2 1/4 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken
2 1/4 pounds of potatoes
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
Salt to taste
Put all ingredients in a pot and let simmer for 20 minutes.
Most people stick to champagne to help celebrate the New Year, however in Japan they something a little more intricate. Toshikoshi Soba is a noodle based soup served cold on a bamboo dish.
Not only is this dish extremely tasty but it also helps bring good luck and fortune to those who eat it in the New Year.
Another treat that will help you bring good luck into the new year is this traditional Mexican cake.
Also known as ‘The King cake’ is a oval shaped vanilla and cinnamon cake that is covered in crystallized candy. Baked inside the cake is small trinkets. If you get a slice with the prize you will have good luck in the next year to come.