Let the festivities begin! Some traditional seasonal foody treats for European expats.
The festive season is a great excuse to indulge yourself with some culinary treats. If you’re an expat in Europe then you are in for a great time. Traditional seasonal foody treats steeped in history are plentiful in this part of the world.
Stolichniy salad in Russia, Turrón nougat in Spain, dopp i grytan —bread dipped in pork broth, in Sweden, Risalamande —rice pudding with whipped cream and chopped almonds, in Denmark, Vanocka —a delicious sweet bread from the Check Republic, and Speculos —crispy spiced biscuits in Belgium are a few of the delights waiting to be discovered.
Seasonal dishes steeped in history
Most of the seasonal dishes have a historical connection and reason for coming into being. The Danish Risalamande is no exception. Restaurants such as Schonnemann’s and others serve this delicious dish. Eaten on the 24th of December this dish was originally the traditional Christmas meal. It wasn’t until after WW2 that almonds and cream were added due to post war austerity measures. This tradition has given rise to some amusing seasonal parlour games popular among Danish families. Want to know more? Carry on reading… and don’t forget to try the pickled herring and the schnapps too.
Traditional culinary delights to delight your senses
If you find yourself in Romania you may want to indulge in a little bit of Sarmale. This is a dish consisting of minced meat, rice and onions all wrapped up in cabbage leaves. Tuică, a delicious fruit brandy, the perfect drink to wash it all down with. Romanians are known for their love of pork dishes and this is especially true at this time of year. Piftie —pork and garlic in gelatine, Sorici —salted pork rinds, and Jumări —chunks of fried pork fat are all popular dishes. You can find these traditional culinary delights on offer at restaurants such as Caru’ cu bere and Hanu’ lui Manuc.
We hope that this little taste of the delights in store this December have got your tastebuds salivating. For much more click on through to the complete article. Here you’ll find more foody traditions from, Portugal, Spain, France Germany and others…
Interesting bonus food/expat fact: Just remember not to say “Ich bin ein Berliner”, when in this particular city as it means “I am a doughnut” in German!
Happy Holidays from all of us at ALTEN.