I was just thinking about Christmas food and wondered why I relate them to Christmas. I wanted to find out a little bit more about why they have become associated with the festive period. This is what I have discovered:
Turkey – They reckon that 87% of people will have turkey as their meat of choice this Christmas. It is believed that Henry Ill was the first royal to feast on the bird but it isn’t him we have to thank. A Yorkshireman named William Strickland acquired six birds from American Indian traders on his travels nearly 500 years ago in 1526. However turkeys have only been common since the 1950’s. In 1930 it took about a weeks salary to buy one bird. Turkeys became more popular because farmers’ thought keeping chickens and cows alive was more cost effective; they were producing eggs and milk. Now around 10 million turkeys are sold every year.
Q: What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
A: He got the stuffing knocked out of him!
Sprouts – Love them or hate them they are likely to be part of your Christmas meal. There is not much information about how the sprout became part of the Christmas tradition apart from the fact that they are in season and at their best around December time.
Q: Did you hear about the weightlifting vegetable?
A: He was a muscle sprout.
Mince Pies – Originally mince pies were made of very different ingredients and were actually packed with meats such as rabbit and game along with fruit and spices. Today we eat a sweet version perhaps Santa preferred them this way? Tradition states that you should make a wish when you eat your first mince pie of the season and then eat one on each of the 12 days of Christmas for good luck over the next twelve months. Well I’m up for that!
Q: Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
A: A mince spy
Christmas Cake – Not my favourite I must admit. It became a popular gift around the festive period because it keeps so well in fact itis actually edible for up to 25 years after it’s made. Fruitcake was incredibly popular in Victorian England, when it became a vital part of celebrating holidays and weddings. Fortunately for people like me other varieties of cakes have become much more popular.
Q: What’s they best method to stop a table from being wonky?
A: Stick a slice of Christmas cake under it.
Mulled Wine – Spiced and heated wine was first recorded in Rome during the 2nd century. The Romans conquered much of Europe and traded with the rest bringing their wine and recipes with them over to Europe. It is very popular and traditional in the UK at Christmas.
Me: “I love you.”
You: “Is that you or the mulled wine talking?”
Me: “It’s me talking to the mulled wine.”