Christmas Traditions Around the World

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Christmas Traditions Around the World

Post by Piero on Fri 24 Dec 2010 - 20:26

Random article that I came across today. I found out a few interesting things from it. Did any of you know that a traditional Italian Christmas dinner contains no meat other than seafood?

http://travel.ca.msn.com/international/photogallery.aspx?cp-documentid=26554324&page=1

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Post by windfish55 on Sun 26 Dec 2010 - 19:04

That's pretty neat. Last night, my brother and I were talking about Christmas cake, and wishing we had that here in the US. Why should Japan and the UK have all the fun?

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Post by Awinnell on Sun 26 Dec 2010 - 19:40

@windfish55 wrote:That's pretty neat. Last night, my brother and I were talking about Christmas cake, and wishing we had that here in the US. Why should Japan and the UK have all the fun?

its just fruit cake soaked in brandy !

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sun 26 Dec 2010 - 19:42

In Japan it's a "real" cake (at least the ones the girls and I bought for each other last year).

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Post by Awinnell on Sun 26 Dec 2010 - 20:06

@Kiskaloo wrote:In Japan it's a "real" cake (at least the ones the girls and I bought for each other last year).

so's fruitcake,lol, as nutty as a fruitcake !

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/sweet/the-classic-christmas-cake.html

theres also Christmas pudding

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225g/8oz golden caster sugar

225g/8oz vegetarian suet

340g/12oz sultanas

340g/12oz raisins

225g/8oz currants

110g/4oz candied peel, chopped

110g/4oz plain flour

110g/4oz fresh white breadcrumbs

55g/2oz flaked almonds

1 lemon, zest only

5 eggs, beaten

1 level tsp ground cinnamon

1 level tsp mixed spice

5g/1 level tsp freshly grated nutmeg

pinch of salt

150ml/5fl oz brandy or rum

Preparation method
1.Lightly grease 4x600ml/1 pint or 2x1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basins.

2.Mix together all the dry ingredients.

3.Stir in the eggs and brandy and mix well.

4.Spoon the mix into basins. Put a circle of baking parchment and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string. Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it is easier to pick the basin out of the pan after cooking.

Put the basins in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid. Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time, if necessary. If you do not have a steamer, put the basins in a large pan on inverted saucers on the base. Pour in boiling water to come a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. Cover and steam as before.

6.Cool. Change the baking parchment and foil covers for fresh ones and tie up as before. Store in a cool cupboard until Christmas Day.

7.To serve, steam for 2 hours and serve with brandy butter, rum sauce, cream or homemade custard.


and minced pies,which are sweet,funny how most of these recipes are kind of heavy,so you don't need to eat to much of them !


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Re: Christmas Traditions Around the World

Post by Professor Voodoo on Sun 26 Dec 2010 - 21:22

The Germans make something called Rumtopf (Rum Pot). The first strawberries (or whatever fruit you chose) of the year are sealed up in a pot full of sugar & high-proof rum and allowed to sit until the Christmas season, when it's served as a sauce over pastry or ice cream.

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