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Perhaps our favourite part of Christmas is the food... In keeping with the theme of our country of the month, we’ve decided to shine the spotlight on a few traditional Finnish dishes that are particularly popular during the holiday season.
Joulupöytä refers to the traditional assortment of foods served at a Finnish Christmas dinner. It’s also interesting to note that in Finland, Christmas dinner is served on Christmas Eve (instead of Christmas Day). Of course, this makes perfect sense since Father Christmas visits the children of Finland a little later that evening!
Let’s take a closer look at a few Joulupöytä essentials:
Glögi – Mulled Wine
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Piparkakku – Gingerbread Cookies
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Whether they are “naked” or “dressed,” Piparkakku are a popular festive treat for the young (and young at heart)! These wouldn’t last too long here at Robin Street Market...
Riisipuuro - Rice Pudding
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This is common as both a side at dinner, or sometimes even as breakfast. While rice pudding is a popular Christmas dish in many Scandinavian and Nordic countries, the Finns have their own take on this favourite. A widespread Finnish tradition actually involves hiding a whole almond in the pudding – the person who eats the almond will have good luck during the following year!
Lanttulaatikko - Rutabaga Casserole
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Simple but oh-so-delicious, this casserole will always have a place at a Finnish Christmas feast. Root vegetables really do make some scrumptious sides!
Joulukinkku - Oven-Baked Ham
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Last but not least, a Finnish Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without an oven-baked ham. Finns usually enjoy this dish served with mustard or bread...and all of the other dishes that we’ve already mentioned above!
Looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it?