Holiday Food Traditions Around the Globe

There are so many holiday food traditions enjoyed by those around the world. This week, we take a look at a handful of special ways that different cultures celebrate the holiday season:

Germany– Marzipan is a sweet treat that has been enjoyed for years during the holiday season by those in Germany. Commonly referred to as candy potatoes, marzipan is not only delightful, but also so easy to make!
Not to mention, we have the Germans to thank for the ever-popular advent calendars we see around this time of year. 

Italy – It is common on Christmas Eve for Italians to ditch meat and instead serve a bounty of fish, also known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Eel is oftentimes served during the holiday meal as it is a common catch off of the Amalfi coast during the winter season. 

The Spruce Eat's Fried Eel
Image by: The Spruce Eats

Japan– Japan has practiced a long standing tradition of indulging on soba noodles every New Years Eve. Toshikoshi Soba, which translates to “New Year’s Eve Noodles” are meant to be slurped while reflecting and transitioning from one year into another. 

Just One Cookbook's Toshikoshi Soba
Image by: Just One Cookbook

The South– Also as a way to ring in the New Year, it is common for those in the South to serve up some black-eyed peas and collard greens. Greens represent paper money while the beans are symbolic for coins. This comfort food must be eaten on New Year’s Day for optimum luck the rest of the year. 

New York Times Cooking: Black-eyed Peas and Collard Greens
Image by: New York Times Cooking

Scandinavia– Sweden and Norway have a love for Cardamom as they consume anywhere from 18 to 30 times more of the spice per capita each year. With Cardamom being such a staple in their spice racks, it is common during the holiday season to see it featured in their dishes, especially their baked goods. Their Fyrstekake (a Cardamom-Almond tart) is the perfect Scandinavian holiday food.  

We at Etta+ Billie love cardamom as well! Our favorite spice is offered in our Grapefruit Cardamom line or our special edition holiday Ritual Coffee + Cardamom Soap!

Cafe Johnsonia's Fyrstekake (Norwegian Cardamom-Almond Tart)
Image by: Cafe Johnsonia

How to Remix your Thanksgiving Leftovers

We’ve all been there. After the big day (Thanksgiving that is) and left with WAY too many leftovers. What do you do? Well luckily, we at E+B have curated a list of some snazzy ways to add some life into your Thanksgiving leftovers this year. Who knows, you just might be able to revive that turkey left in the oven a little too long!

Turkey Breakfast Tacos

Martha Stewart's Turkey Breakfast Taco
Image by: Julia Gartland

Turkey for breakfast? Yes, utilizing Thanksgiving leftovers can start as early as Black Friday morning. These Turkey Breakfast Tacos will help you put a fun spin on your typical breakfast taco with the addition of sweet potato mash and turkey. Top with salsa for some added spice and flavor.

Turkey Croquettes

Turkey Croquettes
Image by: Epicurious

Grandma Billie was always sure to make turkey croquettes with her leftover Thanksgiving dishes. Combine mashed potatoes, stuffing, and of course, turkey to make soft and fluffy croquettes. Dip these in some warmed turkey gravy or that extra can of cranberry sauce you’ve got lying around.

Cornbread Stuffing Fried Rice

Bon appetit's Cornbread Fried Rice
Image by: Bon Appetit

The beauty of using leftovers is in the ability to add different flavorings to create an entirely different dish. Everyone loves salty and savory fried rice, so why not add your stuffing, turkey, and roasted veggies to remix this classic

Broccoli Cheddar Curry Casserole

Gozney's Broccoli Cheddar Curry Casserole
Image by: Gozney

This is no ordinary casserole. Broccoli, cheddar cheese, curry, and chicken (but in this case, your leftover turkey) make for a warming and cozy dish packed with a punch of flavor, perfect for the cool fall weather.

Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

Oh, Sweet Basil's Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich
Image by: Oh, Sweet Basil

Would it truly be a Thanksgiving Leftover compilation without the mention of the infamous leftover sandwich? This ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Club incorporates the sweet addition of cran-mayo (cranberry sauce + mayo), bacon, and turkey. The best part? These sandwiches can be assembled and thrown into the oven to crisp, because who wants to dirty up the stove after the big day? 

Evergreen Drinks+Eats!

Our coveted Evergreen and Tangerine scent launches this week in a scrub, room+body spray, and soap for the holiday season. Inspired by the crisp and cool scent of evergreen trees and combined with the citrus tanginess of tangerine, one whiff and you’ll be reminiscent of cold and cozy winter days. Bet ya didn’t know, but the Evergreen variety is also quite versatile and used in a multitude of ways to curate some delicious drinks and eats.

Etta+Billie's Evergreen Tangerine line
Image by: Bee the Love

You can get your hands on our Evergreen+Tangerine scent in a scrub, room+body spray, or soap!

Cedar Plank Salmon

Salmon on cedar plank
Photo by: Unsophisticook

Cedar is indeed a variety of Evergreen and adds a delicious flavor to meats when grilled. This smokey and sweet cedar-plank salmon recipe is so simple yet so rich in taste. Simply combine smoked paprika, brown sugar, salt, and pepper for the rub. Then, transfer the salmon onto your cedar planks for a woodsy, robust taste that simply cannot be replicated! Just don’t forget to soak your plank in water before tossing in the oven or on the grill.

Rosemary Black Pepper Scones with Cheddar

Juniper Cakery's Rosemary Black Pepper Scones with Cheddar
Image by: Juniper Cakery

This super simple scone recipe combines all the right flavors of rosemary, pepper, and cheese. They are absolutely perfect for the winter months. Pair them with your favorite hearty stew or toast them up and top with butter. These just might be a great addition to your next holiday party.

Rosemary Tangerine Cooler

Tangerine and Rosemary cooler
Image by: We are not Martha

Perhaps the best part of creating this cocktail is the melodious aroma that your home will have upon completion. Both the rosemary and the tangy tangerines are toasted before being muddled together with rum to create a caramelized flavor. Can’t get enough of this citrus and evergreen combination? Check out this E+B blog post showcasing some more cocktails inspired by the scent.