The traditional dishes for Christmas

The Yule Log cake with those tiny snowman, a tasty salted meat or a flavour roasted turkey are essential dishes on the table of Christmas in Western countries.

The Yule Log cake

A Yule log (or bûche de Noël) is a traditional dessert served near and during Christmas, especially in France, Quebec and several former French colonies. Made of sponge cake to resemble a miniature actual Yule log, it is a form of sweet roulade. The cake is covered with chocolate butter cream, filled with berry jam and shaped as a tree branch. With this shape, the cake means to bring warmth, and moving away from the cold, bad luck in the New Year.

This cake originating from France in the 19th century - Photo: healthplus

This cake originating from France in the 19th century - Photo: healthplus

Biscuits gingerbread man

Appearing from the 13th century, hence the ginger biscuits(also known as gingerbread man) has become familiar on the table of every family in the West on Christmas. Traditionally, ginger biscuits are usually housewives prepared to welcome the holidays with being simple but also unique. Depending on each family, the biscuit can have the look and taste different but contain still the same ingredients, including bread crumbs were boiled in honey, ginger and other spices. Not only for Christmas, the gingerbread man is great for packed lunches or just as a snack.

 Tasting the spicy ginger can blow away the cold of winter - Photo: cookdiary

Tasting the spicy ginger can blow away the cold of winter - Photo: cookdiary

Candy cane

A candy cane or peppermint stick is a cane-shaped stick candy associated with Christmastide, as well as Saint Nicholas Day. Originating from Germany, it is traditionally in white with red stripes and flavoured with peppermint, but is also made in a variety of other flavours and colours. Especially the children are all eagerly waiting for the candy bar. With the wonderful meaning of leading people towards good life, the candy sticks should always appear in every family at Christmas. 

Roasted turkey

Turkey meat is the meat from turkeys, typically domesticated turkeys. It is a popular poultry product used for culturally significant events such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. Turkeys are usually baked or roasted in an oven for several hours, often while the cook prepares the remainder of the meal. To make this dish, vegetables like carrots, celery, onions, some spices ... are put together into the chicken and bake in oven until coloured. 


During the holiday, bacon are often preferred because of the both sweetness and seductive saltiness. It is a meat product prepared from a pig and usually cured, using large quantities of salt, either in a brine or in a dry packing. Originating from Norway, bacon is the traditional dish in every household for Christmas. 

Bacon - Photo: Cooky

Bacon - Photo: Cooky


It is an essential dish in the daily meal of Westerners as well as on holiday season. The soup is made simple, such as corn soup, chicken or meat. It is often chosen because it is easy to eat, easy to make with good quality.

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