does not matter whether we call our favorite holiday Christmas, Weihnacht,
Noel, Christmas, or Navidad Vanoce, everywhere it is celebrated in the most
beautiful way, by forgiving, exchanging presents and celebrating at the table
with people we love. On Christmas Day,
25th December or 7th January, families gather at the festive table where the
finest dishes are served, many of them prepared according to modified old
is interesting that a number of hearty festive meals, no matter whether they
are prepared according to the old recipes our grandmothers used in their
kitchens or if they are found in
culinary web-pages, they all are enriched with Vegeta, a favorite blend of
spices, indispensable at any list of holiday dishes.
course, with traditional Christmas menus there come many beautiful and
interesting Christmas customs, which both derive from ancient times.
parts of Croatia maintained the old
Christmas custom - festive dining ceremony begins with extinguishing a candle
with a piece of bread soaked in wine which a host gives to everyone at the
table to be shared. Menu consists of roasted poultry, most often turkey with "mlinci"
(pasta tatters), just like in old times (according to ancient belief, poultry
throws scratched earth behind, so symbolically all bad things go to past and
belong to past). Turkey often stuffed with chestnuts is favorite Christmas
baking in Slovenia, served with
steamed red cabbage, apples or plums, and sweet cranberry, and inevitably, on
the table there is "potica", cake made of puff pastry filled with poppy seeds,
walnuts and buckwheat porridge and "čvarci" (pork rinds). In
Serbia, besides inevitable "paprikaš" and rolled cabbage rich Christmas
table often contains "česnica", ancient Christmas cake made of thin pastry with
a filling in which a silver coin is placed, and Christmas bread richly
decorated with figures made of dough. In
Czech Republic the number of people at the table must be even, otherwise the
one who is redundant will not live long enough to welcome the following Christmas.
Czech traditional Christmas menu consists of fish soup, carp (prepared in a
hundred different ways), potato salads, and meals of mushrooms and sour cabbage,
apple strudel and Christmas bread which
is so popular that it can be bought all over the year. Menu in Poland must contain meals from
forest, fields, gardens and water; thus they serve fish, most often carp or
herrings, soups (such as beetroot and almond soup), side dishes (sour dish with
mushrooms), desserts and pastries. There is an empty place at the table,
waiting for an unexpected guest. Dining ceremony starts with breaking and
sharing a piece of thin and fine wafer, which symbolizes love and harmony. In Russia it is customary that Christmas
table contains 12 meals (one meal for each apostle). Most popular Christmas
meals in Russia are fish in aspic, roast pork stuffed with buckwheat porridge,
chicken or duck with sautéed apples, roasted lamb or rabbit, ham, sausage,
pates, and inevitable "blini", pancakes made from dough with yeast and
"pirogi", filled dough cake. In Spain
children are given Christmas presents by Biblical Magi, and Spanish Christmas menu
consists of finest seafood dishes, fish and lamb, stuffed turkey and desserts, including
the "turron", sticky sweets made from almonds, honey, sugar and egg whites.
In some parts of France children put their boots in the window on Christmas Eve and their Christmas table there is a traditional "buche de Noel", the goose stuffed with chestnuts and liver, goose pate, and dishes of fish and shellfish.
In England Christmas
celebration cannot be imagined without a turkey stuffed with bread and minced
meat or apples and prunes, and a traditional pudding (plumpudding) with dried fruit
and spices which is prepared even three weeks before Christmas. In the turkey
there is a coin who will bring luck and wealth to the one who bites it. Germany is the homeland of the Advent calendar
and wreath, decorated trees and a barn, and German Christmas table contains roasted
meat, goose or carp with various side dishes and salads, and various cakes and
pastries including the traditional "Stollen" cake with dried fruit. And...on the
festive table in Italy you will find baked poultry, pork, lamb or game, and
some of the traditional Christmas cakes like Bundt cakes with dried fruit
("panettone"), cookies in the snake shape (Il Serpent) or small round doughnut
covered with sugar ("struffoli") as dessert.
We could suggest you
recepies for croatian holiday menu with Vegeta recepies. Recepies for Christmas
And for Christmas suggestion is:
Vegeta wish you happy holidays!