Whether you live in the UK, Mexico or France, Christmas is a time to eat. With diets out of the window, Christmas is not a time to be counting the calories. For us, Christmas time is a traditional feast of turkey, roast potatoes, stuffing and pigs in blankets. However, have you ever thought of what people around the world are eating after Santa has been around?
In France the traditional appetiser is Coquilles Saint – Jacques (Scallops with herbs and cheese). This traditional French dish is just one of many reasons to hop across the English Channel for Christmas. Find the recipe here.
In Italy, the dish of choice is the Feast of Seven Fishes. This dinner commemorates the birth of Jesus and includes fish such as calamari, linguini with clams and shrimp scampi. Find the recipes here.
You may have tasted this at the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham, but Stollen is the festive favourite in Germany. A special kind of fruit cake made with spices, rum and a white sugar coating. Recipe here.
Similar to the UK the turkey is the main staple of Christmas for Brazil, but with a special twist. The Ceia de Natal is a turkey feast with a marinade made of champagne and spices. Find the recipe here.
The festive dish of Mexico is the Chiles En Nogado. This is comprised of meat-stuffed, fire-roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish. Recipe here.
A quite unappetizingly named Christmas snack comes from Canada, the aptly named Chicken Bones Candy. These candies are loved by adults and children alike and have the taste of cinnamon with a creamy milk chocolate centre. You can find these online to buy here.
Similar to the American Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole, Finland’s Christmas answer is the spiced carrot casserole. Find the recipe for Porkkanalaatiko here.
Risalamande is the Denmark treat of choice. This almond-cherry rice pudding traditionally involves placing a small present (either a tiny toy or an almond) into the mixture and rewarding whoever finds it in their bowl. Recipe here.
After one of the most successful Christmas ad campaigns in the 70’s, KFC and its fried chicken is now a must have for a Japanese Christmas. Whilst most of us see this is a Friday cheat meal, Japan is able to pre-order one of KFC’s chicken buckets for the special day.
Whether you’re enjoying Chiles En Nogado, Coquilles Saint – Jacques or an English Mince Pie, make sure to forget your diets and enjoy yourself this Christmas!