To be completely honest, I don’t have a favourite Christmas food, although there’s plenty of foods I enjoy around Christmas time and which evoke a Christmassy feeling.
I’m a bit of a sucker for Christmas-themed food. In Canada and the USA, I loved the Christmas hot chocolates, flavoured with cinnamon or peppermint, Christmas donuts and cupcakes. At European Christmas markets I savoured warm mulled wine.
I get excited when I find everyday foods with Christmas packaging but find it difficult to resist eating them. This leaves me with a dilemma: buy early and risk eating before Christmas or wait until the last minute and risk missing out.
There’s no denying Christmas is fast approaching when two fruits appear in local shops. Amongst my absolute favourites, they are mangoes and cherries. Locally grown mangoes can be bought anywhere from supermarkets to roadside stalls around this time of year, with prices generally high until Christmas demand passes. Cherries come from further afield and sell for a premium price. Christmas morning at home often begins with a fruit platter containing these favourite ‘Christmas’ fruits.
Christmas time proteins of turkey, ham and prawns are usually served cold at my house, along with a selection of salads and condiments. They will feature again this year, but with a bit of a twist. (Stay tuned on Day 23 for my 2018 Christmas menu.)
What are your favourite Christmas foods?