Post # 1
I am from the Caribbean, Trinidad specifically. Here are some foods that absolutely define a Trini Christmas.
Pastelles are a savory corn ‘pastry’ filled with ground beef/chicken, raisins, olives, capers and other seasonings, all wrapped in a banana leaf. It’s great when done right. http://caribbeanpot.com/pastelles-a-caribbean-christmas-tradition/
Essentially, a drink made by boiling the sorrel fruit with spices and sugar. It’s delicious. http://naparimacookbook.com/recipe-for-delicious-sorrel-drink/
Ponche de creme:
A milky alcoholic drink, with a hint of local spices. It’s the Caribbean version of eggnog. http://naparimacookbook.com/christmas-ponche-de-creme/
Fruit cake or ‘black’ cake:
This a really rich moist cake made of pureed fruit that has been soaked in alchohol anywhere from a few hours to a year. It’s super rich and intense so a little goes a long way. http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/trinidad-black-cake/
So what are some of your Christmas food traditions Bees… yule log, fruit sponge, eggnog, turkey with stuffing? Tell us and post pics please! 🙂
Post # 3
@Arshim: I don’t have pictures handy but my Christmas dinner has always been
Turkey (roasted) with bread and savory stuffing
Rutabega (which we call turnip, even though it’s not)
Usually we have pie for desert
My stepmom’s family is from Guyana, they do this thing called Garlic Pork for brunch on Christmas day. It’s incredibly smelly, very STRONG tasting pork and garlic.
Post # 4
@MsGinkgo: I’ve heard of the garlic pork before. It sounds like a halitosis-nightmare but I’m sure it’s good.
Post # 5
I’m American, so turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans, and pumpkin pie.
I now live in Japan where Christmas dinner is KFC and Christmas cake (usually white cake with strawberries).
Post # 6
Last year, we were all so tired of Thanksgiving-type foods that we went all out Mexican! I made fajitas, beans and rice. We traditionally will do a turkey or ham, whichever one we didn’t do for Thanksgiving.
Post # 7
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I’m from a boring American family, married to anothe boring American family, we don’t make anything particularly interesting (ham, potatoes, random veggie…) so this thread will be interesting to me! The ponche de creme sounds particularly amazing so far, lol!
Post # 8
On actual Christmas day we do the traditional American food.
But I’m in Arizona, where good authentic Mexican food can be had, so a lot of families around here get tamales for Christmas Eve. It’s the best! I actually know a lot of Mexicans who sell tamales around Christmas time and use that money to fund their Christmas shopping.
Post # 9
My mom always makes “Great Pancake” for breakfast on Christmas morning. It’s this awesome…pastry…pancake…thing. We eat it with jam. That’s just my family, though. Also we have Italian food the night before Christmas. We’re not Italian at all, though.
Great Pancake looks like this:
Post # 10
@Arshim: I make black cake!
We’ve always made a prime rib roast with mashed potatoes and other vegetables for Christmas dinner. If there’s a big crowd, we might add a spiral-sliced ham, but that’s about it.
Post # 11
My family is Italian so for Christmas Eve, we usually have stuffed shells, meatballs, and antipasta. We also make these things that we call “meat things” and “spinach things.” We basically take pizza dough, stretch it out really good – on the meat one we usually put ground beef and pork, roll it up and cut it into pinwheel shapes and bake in the oven. Do the same thing with the spinach but just put chopped spinach and seasoning on that dough. Another thing we make is braciole – take the braciole meat and put some breadcrumb, cheese, seasonsing and roll it up. Fry it til its browned a bit and then throw it in some sauce – any pasta sauce will do. When it is done, you cut it up into pinwheel shapes – these go quick in my family.
Post # 12
@Jabberwocky: You know, when I lived in Japan that was heaven. Growing up, KFC was what I had on Christmas eve with my Dad, and finally in Japan I wasn’t a freak for it!
I’m from New Zealand. Pavlova is the best I can think of.
Post # 13
I was watching a show on Food Network this morning where different FN chefs showed what they cook for Christmas. There was some really interesting things on there.
Post # 14
@aggie2010: It is amazing. Not sure if you can get it where you are but Ponche Kuba tastes almost like the original. It’s not homemade quality, of course, but it is the closest thing I could find to original ponche de creme.
ETA: Here are sone links:
US – http://www.marketviewliquor.com/product/ponche-kuba-cream-liqueur-cordials-750ml.html#
UK (although it’s a bit pricier here) – http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-9869.aspx
Post # 15
@Arshim: Well not necessarily my “region” (I’m in Southern California) but my family is Mexican American and we always have tamales at Christmas. (Basically, pretty similar to your pastellas. Corn masa filled with a variety of ingredients. We usually do pork and olives, chicken and cheese and green chile and cheese, but there are also ones that are alittle sweeter with raisens and nuts or with stawberry or pineapple in the masa. It’s all wrapped up in a corn husk and steamed.)
Oh… we also always have a big huge box of See’s Candy, which originated in California so I guess that “regional”. And we always have Pinot Noir… generally from a California winery so I’ll count that too 🙂
Post # 16
@bowsergirl: LOL We moved to the Valley this year and I’m on the hunt for my new tamale lady! Always the worst part of moving…