Festive foodie traditions

Festive foodie traditions

Festive treats and dishes play a huge part in our collective Christmases. Find out what shapes our seasonal celebrations…

We all have our own ways of celebrating Christmas. Some of us like chilled, TV-fuelled days, while others prefer long walks and taking on the family with a bout of competitive board gaming. Whatever your own traditions, many of them are bound to feature food. There’s no getting away from it – festive fayre is one of the greatest pleasures of the Yuletide season, so sit back and enjoy your fill of the 44 Foods’ team’s own festive foibles…

“One perennial tradition is to see how far I can make the turkey stretch after the main event… Christmas evening sandwiches, turkey coconut curry, turkey and gammon pie with chestnut-filled pastry, turkey and avocado bagels for breakfast, turkey stock, turkey soup, bubble and squeak (with cold turkey) and more sandwiches. My family are sick of turkey by the end of it, but I love it! It’s the only time of the year they let me have turkey!”
Corin Ashby, Commercial Partner

“We’ve started a newish tradition for our children: ‘muffin tray supper’. It’s a fun meal that’s quick to assemble from what’s in the fridge and cupboard. You put savoury and sweet things out at the same time and it’s a good way to introduce kids to new foods, as well as use up leftovers. They work particularly well in December in front of the TV and the tree. We have this either on Christmas Eve or the Sunday night before Christmas, after an outing to see some lights.”
Imogen Charnley, Content Specialist

“Christmas Eve is a baking day. My Dad doesn’t like fruitcake, so we make him his own Christmas sponge cake, then it’s on to the Yule log and festive biscuits and sweets – we all join in. We also have to have carrot and orange soup and a glazed ham as part of our Boxing Day feast.”
Gemma Houltby, Head of Content

“Christmas dinner is overrated. By the time you sit down to eat on the 25th you’re already full on Cheezlets, morning mince pies, Bucks Fizz, and those weird little pretzel things that only nans seem to buy. But you make your mind up to plough on through the turkey and trimmings for one reason – it’s a trial run for the Boxing Day buffet. And the star of that is always the cold meat sandwiches. There’s no right or wrong way to make a Boxing Day sandwich, but here’s my trusted stacking order of choice (from bottom to top): Slice of bread, buttered; slice(s) of turkey; Boxing Day ham; stuffing; parsnips, roasted; pigs in blankets, scattered; slice of bread – not buttered, but slathered in salad cream. Yes, salad cream – the Dannii to mayonnaise’s Kylie. But, in this instance, very much the star of the show.”
Nick Robbins, Senior Editor

“Boxing Day bubble and squeak. It’s been a family tradition since about 1AD. And none of that modern day fancy stuff, either. We’re talking post-war rationing-stylee: just all the veg and spud leftovers, like it should be. This is the star of the leftover show, and it’s all washed down with a glass of champers.”
Simon Henning, Content Specialist

“Not sure where this originated but we have hot dogs while putting up the tree.”
Ben Barnes, Digital Specialist

“Fish or seafood on Christmas Eve. It’s an Italian tradition that I believe comes from going without meat on that day. Seafood linguine, yum!”
Anna Avino, Content Specialist

What’s your festive foodie tradition? Why not let us know via Facebook or Instagram – share your videos, pics and thoughts with us. We’ll be here waiting, chomping on a mince pie (or ten…)

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