Thursday, December 10, 2009

International Christmas Menu

Food is a very common aspect that identifies different cultures, and even though the preparation and ingredients that make the dishes can be totally different from one culture to another, the fact that people get together around the table to celebrate is common to all.

Here, I put together a menu with dishes from around the world to celebrate Christmas, it would be fun to try something new this year. I think this is also a great way of raising awareness of culture sensitivity among all the family members.

To start:
  • Vánoční rybí polévka - Christmas fish soup from the Czech Republic and Serbia
  • Barszcz or borscht - vegetable soup with red beets from Poland
  • Moros de guandules con coco - rice with pigeon peas and coconut milk from Dominican Republic
Main dishes:
  • Reindeer (in northern Finland) (poro) from Finland
  • Weisswurst - sausages with veal and bacon, usually flavoured with parsley, lemon, mace, onions, ginger and cardamom from Germany
  • Hallaca - rectangle-shaped meal made of maize, filled with beef, pork, olives, raisins and caper, and wrapped in plantain leaves from Venezuela
Side dishes:
  • Romeritos - small green leaves of a particular type mixed generally with mole and potatoes; generally accompanied with "tortitas de camarón" (shrimp bread) from Mexico
  • Rødkål - sweet and sour red cabbage, as a side dish from Norway
  • Janssons frestelse ("Jansson's Temptation") - warm scalloped potato casserole with anchovies from Sweden
  • Cougnou (with various like cougnolle), sweet bread in the form of the infant Jesus from Belgium
  • Bûche de Noël from Canada, France (and other French speaking countries)
  • Christmas cake - Different from a UK Christmas cake or American fruitcake, the Japanese style Christmas cake is a white cream cake, often sponge cake frosted with whipped cream, topped with strawberries and with a chocolate plate that says Merry Christmas.
To drink
  • Cola de mono - Chilean Christmas beverage, with aguardiente, milk, coffee, and flavoured with vanilla and cloves from Chile
  • Julebryg - Christmas beer from Denmark and Finland
Enjoy!  Bon Apetit!  Buen provecho!

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