Looking to the rest of the world for inspiration is something POSH Trading Company is passionate about, and that doesn't stop when it comes to entertaining over Christmas - we have even hosted our main meal on the 24th December in recognition of the many European nations that host the 'main event' on Christmas Eve. Thinking outside of the box and trying new things is hugely exciting and can often lead to habit changes that have been ingrained over a lifetime, read our suggestions for alternative additions to your yearly meal...
Puffin instead of Turkey or Goose in Iceland - Photo Credit: Adventurous Kate
Looking for a change from Turkey or Goose? The Icelandic option You could always try the 'Icelandic way' and consider their speciality dishes where Puffin and Reindeer are amongst the most popular meat offerings on December 25th.
Eating out for Christmas in Japan - Photo Credit: Live Journal
Consider eating out - The Japanese have their own tradition...
With less than 1% of the population being Christian, Christmas day is not a national holiday in Japan, however they do have their own Christmas Meal Tradition; KFC. A groundbreaking advertising campaign in the 1970s had such influence on the population that now, the Colonel and Christmas are inexplicably linked. The nation endured block long queues in order to get their special 'Festive Bucket'.
Christmas Carp in Eastern Europe - Photo Credit: BBC
Salmon or Carp? - The decision is made in Eastern Europe
A traditional dish in Slovakia is sauerkraut soup with fried carp, which we are assured is extremely tasty and a viable replacement from our traditional Salmon.. However, we don't think that we will be following the many families of Eastern Europe that purchase a live Carp and keep it in their bathtub until it is time to be eaten.
13 desserts in Provence - Photo Credit: The Provence Herald
Could you manage 13 desserts? - Provence has the key to our heart!
A sweet tooth is nothing to be ashamed of and Provence certainly does not hide their love of the sugary delicacies we call dessert. The people of this region in Southern France create 13 desserts in honour of Christ and the 12 Apostles and are left out to be eaten over 3 days.
Mexican Tamales - Photo Credit: Alamy
Add a bit of spice - the Mexican way!
Traditional stews and fish dishes are a staple of the Mexican Christmas and are enjoyed over both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Packaging up their spicy recepies into spicy tamales (corn dough pastries) and sweet fritters called bunuelos, the Mexican Christmas cuisine could be offering us some inclusions to our 'forkless buffets'.