insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 69 Dec 2017 - Page 93

FOOD+DRINK Christmas Feasts AROUND THE WORLD CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT LOVE, PEACE AND GIVING. IT’S ALSO ABOUT FAMILY. AND, OF COURSE, IT’S ABOUT FOOD – LOTS OF IT. FOOD THAT PILES UP IN VARIOUS ROOMS AROUND THE HOUSE AND THAT MUST, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, BE CONSUMED BEFORE THE BIG DAY ITSELF (ALTHOUGH, IN OUR OPINION, A CHRISTMAS EVE CHEESEBOARD AND ACCOMPANYING RED WINE OR TWO WHILE LAST-MINUTE WRAPPING IS ABSOLUTELY ALLOWED). POST- IT NOTES PROCLAIMING THAT THIS CAKE OR THAT BOX OF CHOCOLATE IS TO BE SAVED FOR CHRISTMAS, AND MOUTHWATERING MORSELS TEMPTINGLY SITTING IN WAIT FOR 25TH DECEMBER, SO THAT WRAPPERS CAN FINALLY BE RIPPED OFF AND THE INDULGENCE CAN BEGIN; A CHRISTMAS EVE SPENT PREPARING VEGGIES AND BAKING MINCE PIES THAT MAKE THE WHOLE HOUSE SMELL OF FESTIVE FUN. For many, feeding loved ones is an act of pure love. For others, the chance to eat until you’re feeling sick is a once-a-year opportunity that can’t be missed. Whatever your reason for enjoying the festive feast, have you ever stopped to wonder what the story is behind it? Or, what others around the world fill their Christmas table with – it’s not all turkey and stuffing, you know… THE UK The traditional, 21st-century version of Christmas dinner in the UK consists of a turkey, Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, a variety of other vegetables such as carrots and parsnips, cranberry sauce, stuffing and pigs in blankets – mini chipolatas wrapped in streaky bacon. Cover the whole lot in gravy and tuck in. Turkey might be swapped out for beef, gammon, or goose if you’re feeling fancy, but generally speaking, Christmas dinner is a big old Sunday roast made extra special thanks to crackers, paper hats and festive music. It’s followed by Christmas pudding – often covered in brandy which is then set alight to ward off evil spirits – and, more often than not, there will be a few other dessert choices on offer such as trifle, mince pies, a yule log, or a load of chocolate. It wasn’t always that way, though. Christmas dinner became popular in medieval times, but turkey wasn’t served – it wasn’t even heard of then. Instead, boar was the main ingredient of Christmas dinner, and this evolved into goose by the time we reached the 16th century. It was, however, only for the middle and poorer classes. The upper classes dined on things like swan and peacock! Turkey finally made an appearance in the middle of the 16th century after the birds were imported from Spain. They weren’ Ёѥձɱݕ)ݕٕȰչѥ!Y%%$͔Ѽٔ)ȁ ɥѵ́ȸѕȁѡаѡ䁡)ɝձɥ䰁ѡ՝ѡ͔ѥ)ݽЃLЁЁչѥѡYѽɥɄQ)䁡ٔͽѡѼݥѠ ɱ)ϊdͥ ɥѵ́ ɽ9ȁѡ)ѡѽ䰁Mɽ͕́Ѽ)ѡЁɭ䁡ѡձѕɕˊe)ݥ胊qЁѡѱɥ锁ɭѡ)tЁ͕́́Օ́兰)ݕեи́ѥݗeٕٔȁɕ)(