It’s that time of year. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the halls are decked with boughs of holly, and the chestnuts have all been roasted on that open fire we always hear about. Fa la la la la, la la la la. The Christmas season is upon us, and you know what that means: yummy, yummy Christmas food and drinks.
Christmas Food from Around the World
Glühwein Brought to You by Germany
Often referred to as “Glow Wine,” German Glühwein is a traditional holiday beverage consisting of red wine (sometimes white wine) heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, sugar and occasionally vanilla pods. Glühwein is often downed mit Schuss, which means “with a shot” of rum or some other liquor.
Kruidnoten Brought to You by the Netherlands
Kruidnoten, which translated means “spice nuts,” is a cookie-like confectionery traditionally baked in early December for the Sinterklaas holiday, a celebration of the life and accomplishments of Saint Nicholas. Kruidnoten are fragrantly spiced with ginger, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a hint of molasses. Yum! Because they are traditionally baked in December, Kruidnoten are often also associated with Christmas.
Oliebollen Brought to You by Belgium
A traditional Dutch and Belgian Christmas food, Oliebollen are a variety of dumplings made by scooping balls of dough into a deep fryer. The dough is made from flour, eggs, yeast, salt, milk, baking powder, and usually sultanas, currants, raisins and sometimes zest or succade. Oliebollen are usually served with powdered sugar.
In English Oliebollen are often referred to as “Dutch Doughnuts” or “Dutchies.”
FIGUGEGL Brought to You by Germany
In Switzerland fondue is really only eaten in the winter, making it a typical Christmas party meal. There is a term the Swiss have invented to summarize how fondue impacts a winter party: FIGUGEGL. It’s pronounced like a word (fee-goo-geck-ul). FIGUGEGL is an acronym for “fondue isch guät und git e guäti luunä,” meaning “fondue is good and gives you a good mood.” We’re sold!
Cougnou Brought to You by Belgium
Also known as the “Bread of Jesus,” Cougnou is a sweet bread that originated in the Hainaut province of Belgium in 1071 and is traditionally served around Christmas. Cougnou is made of flour, eggs, milk, yeast, raisins, butter, salt, cinnamon, and sugar and formed to look like a swaddled baby.
Cougnou is traditionally enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate. Mmmmmmm!
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