We all know about the special holiday foods that we each eat every year, but this is something that hugely varies from country to country. Add some international sparkle to your festive feast this year by taking a look at OROGOLD’s favorite holiday foods from around the world.
Three Kings Bread, Mexico
During the holiday season in Mexico, January 6th is a significant day known as El Dia de los Reyes, or in English, The Day of the Three Kings. This is a day that celebrates the three wise men that brought gifts to baby Jesus, and the Three Kings bread is usually baked in honor of this day. The bread is always round and shaped like a wreath, and is baked with a plastic doll inside to represent baby Jesus, before being topped with candied fruits that have been infused with rum. Whoever ends up with the slice of cake that contains the doll is then required to cook for the family on February 2nd, Dia de la Candelaria, or Candlemas Day. While Three Kings Bread does take a few hours to make, it is definitely always more impressive if you are able to take the time to make your own, and it means that you can alter the recipe to suit the tastes of your guests.
Feast of the Seven Fishes, Italy
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a meal that is cooked in Italy every Christmas Eve. The feast consists of anywhere between seven and thirteen courses, but there are no strict rules about types of fish or styles of cooking, meaning that the feast can vary significantly depending on who makes it. Most feasts start off with a seafood dip followed by a seafood salad, followed by a third course of something more dramatic. Then comes the pasta, followed by a seafood stew, before a palette cleansing gelato. The final seventh course is a dessert, usually something quite light, as everyone has eaten their fill by then!
Pavlova, New Zealand
In New Zealand, the festive season in December is at the height of their summer, meaning that cool and refreshing dishes are always appreciated. A pavlova is a meringue cake with a crisp crust that is filled and topped with whipped cream and fresh berries, and always look beautifully festive on a table. If you would like to try making a pavlova but want to do something that feels more decadent, OROGOLD would suggest a raspberry and dark chocolate pavlova, or a double chocolate pavlova with a mascarpone whipped cream.
It is always fun to try something new during the holidays, and while you may not want to replicate these exact dishes, it is certainly easy to be inspired by them. Whether you include some Italian fish dishes on your holiday table, or put together a cooling New Zealand pavlova for dessert, it is always fun to bring some global flair to traditional festive meals.