Presentation on theme: "Christmas Food & Drink Turkey is often regarded as the usual Christmas meal but appeared on the menu only around 1650 after European colonisation of North."— Presentation transcript:
Christmas Food & Drink Turkey is often regarded as the usual Christmas meal but appeared on the menu only around 1650 after European colonisation of North America. It was introduced to Europe by Sebastian Cabot on his return from the New World. The bird got its name after merchants from Turkey made it a popular dish. Prior to this Swan, Goose, Peacock or Boar were associated with the Christmas feast.
Australia: Christmas is in midsummer and lunch is often a barbecue of prawns, steak and chicken with ice cream or sorbet for desert, maybe cooked at the beach. Czech Republic: Traditionally the meal is eaten on Christmas Eve and consists of fish soup, salads, eggs and carp. The number of people at the table must be even or the one without a partner is supposed to be dead by next Christmas. Tricky if you dine alone!
Germany: Roast Goose is the favoured Christmas meal, accompanied by potatos, cabbage, carrots, parsnip and pickles. The meal is usually eaten on Christmas Eve. Rural southern Germany feast on game like wild boar and venison. Italy: Christmas lunch can run to seven course including antipasto, a small portion of pasta, roast meat, two salads, two sweet puddings followed by cheese, fruit, brandy and chocolates. Phew!
Jamaica: The traditional Christmas dinner is rice, gungo peas, chicken, ox tail and curried goat. Russia: Christmas food includes cakes, pies and meat dumplings. The mythical Father Frost is enjoying a resurgence following the ban under Communism. She brings gifts to Russian children rather than Santa Claus.
South Africa: Christmas is during the hot summer season but the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings is eaten at Christmas. Sweden: A Smorgasbord Christmas meal eaten on Christmas Eve includes varieties of shellfish, pork, cooked and raw herring fish, caviar, cheeses and brown beans.
United Kingdom: Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies are top grub. The largest Christmas Pudding weighed 7,231 pounds and was made at Aughton, L ancashire on 11 July 1992. The largest Mince Pie weighed 2,260 pounds and measured 6.1m X 1.5m. It was baked in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire on 15 October 1932. Sadly the Pie was destroyed in a German air raid when the pilot of a Stuka dive-bomber mistook it for a train.