Christmas food is as much a part of the annual festival as the carols, presents, TV and family. It’s all about the turkey roast, brussel sprouts, parsnips, pigs in blankets, bread sauce and lashings of gravy. And we love it.
But what about everyone else? Do they do the same in Spain, Australia, and Tunisia? Here’s our round up of the best seasonal food from around the globe.
The Spanish don’t mess around with turkey and instead go for the luxurious lobster. Often served with a simple sauce accompanied by other shellfish and vegetables, this is a dish to savour. But it isn’t all savoury, with the Spaniards having as much of a sweet tooth as us Brits.
Marzipan and nougat are commonly eaten along with Mantecados, a special type of crumbly cake and Rosquillos de Vino, cookies flavoured with anise and wine.
While the warming sun and tasty treats of the Mediterranean may seem a million miles away, a vast array of cheap Benidorm holidays makes the option of Christmas in the sun more real than ever.
The food of North Africa is amongst the best in the world. Taking inspiration from surrounding Asia and the Mediterranean, not to mention from their former colonial rulers France, their food is packed with flavour.
Don’t expect to be served turkey in these parts though – you’re more likely to get goat. Although uncommon in the UK, its lamb-like texture makes it ideal for stewing and curries.
Perhaps the region’s best-known dish is the humble Moroccan tagine. Colourful, tasty, versatile and cheap you will find it hard to go wrong with a tagine.
For something a little more adventurous holidays to Egypt offer great value with plenty of excitement as you explore the culture and cuisine of this ancient land. At this time of year there is great range of cheap all inclusive holidays enabling you to sample North Africa’s major cuisines in one cosmopolitan hub.
For those on a budget, cheap holidays to Tunisia proved popular in 2012 and are set to continue expanding into 2013. Here, you will find the strong flavrous of Shakshouka, much like a rich ratatouille. Alternatively, try sampling the delicious brik, fried dough stuffed with tuna and egg.
Despite sharing their cultural and historic roots with the UK, Aussie food has developed rather differently.
Understandably, there is an emphasis on seafood with all the inexpensive catches rolled out for the festive period. Whether its lobster, scallops, prawns or monkfish, the Aussies do it, and what’s more, they cook it on the BBQ for added local flavours.