While most of us are still running around the malls, scooping up gifts for friends and families, the Christmas feast is just as important a tradition as the presents around the tree. Anglophenia’s Kate Arnell shares yuletide food traditions from around the globe in this entertaining video:
Note to self: If ever spending Christmas abroad, choose India over Iceland.
My maternal lineage is Finnish, and their traditions are hardly better than Iceland’s. Lipeäkala (the Suomi version of lutefisk), Maksalaatikko (liver casserole), and Salmiakki (black licorice flavored with ammonium chloride [yes, really]), are popular treats, which might explain nordic nation’s high rate of clinical depression.
I’ve brought a couple less disgusting Finnish-American traditions into our Christmas experience. I usually get a large order of Korppu shipped in from a tiny bakery in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. While not a Christmas staple per se, it is basically a rusk covered in cinnamon sugar with goes wonderfully with a strong cup of black coffee or milk for the kids.
If I’m feeling extra motivated, I bake a couple loaves of Nisu, which is a lightly sweetened bread flavored with a touch of cardamom (I also add raisins).
What are your Christmas food traditions and where did they come from?