January 15, 2016 Jennifer

Six Christmas Meal Plans from Around the World

Laying the Christmas Table

Six Christmas Meal Plans from Around the World

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And that means: FOOD. Oh yes, there will be food and pleeeenty of it. If you’re like us (and we think you are, because, hey, you’re a foodie), you are likely taking a keen interest in what you’ll be eating this holiday season. However you celebrate, whether it’s a big dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, whether it’s just nibbles and cookies, whether it’s a 3 day party or dinner and out-to-the-big-movie, we believe the menu should be planned with care and joy. This is a festival of food and good company, and Forq is ready with meal plans to help ignite your holiday and make your gathering both nostalgic and forward-looking. Not an easy thing to accomplish! But we believe in it. It’s kind of our thing.

For our Forq-ers around the world who aren’t celebrating Christmas for any number of reasons – not to worry! We’re moving into 2016 with all kinds of food plans, and all kinds of holidays and ‘feast-ivals’ to celebrate. We’ll be there — hopefully with food you’ve never heard of and ideas you haven’t thought of. 2016 is going to be epic!

A Modern Australian Christmas

Watermelon, Ginger & Mint punch
Starter: Prawns with 3 sauces
Orange & 5 Spice Glazed Ham
Spiced Orange Pickle
Pistachio & Mustard-crusted beef with quince jus
Peach, Lime & Chili Salad
Linguine salad with bocconcini and lemon vinaigrette
Spanakopita Tarts with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Dessert: Coconut, Lime & Mango Vacherin

Traditional English Christmas Dinner

a la Jamie Oliver

Mulled Wine
Spiced Roast Goose
Brussels with Hussle
Amazing Roast Veg
Perfect Roast Potatoes
Braised Red Cabbage with Apple, Bacon & Balsamic Vinegar
Apple & Cranberry Sauce
Christmas Pudding
Mince Pies

A French Christmas

Marinated Goat Cheese
Grilled Leeks and Stewed Garlic on Toast
Roasted Oysters with White Wine
Endive and Walnut Salad
Whipped Potatoes with Garlic and Cheese
Herbed Haricots Verts
Rack of Lamb with Rosemary and Thyme
Punitions (French Shortbread Cookies)
Buche de Noel (Yule Log Cake with Coffee Buttercream and Ganache)

Noche Buena: Christmas Eve in Mexico

From MexConnect:

Bacalao, a Spanish style codfish dish which is de rigeur for Noche Buena, is perfect for a buffet, as is the Noche Buena salad. The recipe for stuffed, roasted turkey has been adapted for a buffet, but filled with a traditional Mexican Christmas stuffing. By all means serve the punch from the posada menu, spiked if desired for those who prefer a little Christmas cheer. Sidra, or bubbly apple cider, is also traditional, but any bubbly would probably be much appreciated by guests. Feel free to add any of the nut and cookie recipes from the posada menu. They go especially well with rompope, or “Mexican eggnog.”

Stuffed roasted turkey roulade: Rollo de pavo relleno
Codfish with tomatoes, olives and chiles: Bacalao a la vizcaina
Christmas Eve salad: Ensalada de Noche Buena
Puebla style eggnog: Rompope

Christmas in New England

Vermont Cheddar Cheese and Herbed Twists
Corn and Lobster Chowder
Black Pepper-Crusted Standing Rib Roast au Jus
Roasted Red Onions
Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Fried Sage Leaves
Maple-Glazed Carrots
Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Icing

Christmas in Iceland

Starters or desserts:
Rice pudding
Ris a la mande
Vanilla ice cream

Main dishes:
Hangikjöt (smoked lamb)
Pork rib roast
Roast lamb
Rock ptarmigan

Side dishes and accompaniments:
Leaf bread
Christmas cocktail
Pickled red cabbage
Caramel potatoes

Cakes and cookies:
Gingerbread sandwich cookies
Sarah Bernhardt cookies
Jewish cookies
Coconut wreaths
Siggi’s cookies
Syrup cookies
Air cookies
Spice cake with buttercream
Christmas cake