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Xmas Food



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Welcome to the 12 Days of Xmas Quizzes. We're going to give you a quiz a day, each related (often loosely related) to a line of the song "12 Days Of Christmas". No prizes though, it's just for fun!

Day 1
On the first day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me,
A partridge in a pear tree.


Partridges and pears lead to a quiz about Xmas food!

Good luck!



A traditional Christmas Eve dinner in _____ may feature braised carp, served with a hearty and aromatic gingerbread and beer sauce. Topfenpalatschinken, sweet cheese crêpes baked into a smooth and creamy custard, are slathered with a blissful apricot caramel sauce.
Austria
Germany
Belgium
Switzerland


Speculoos are spiced cookies baked for Christmas tree decorations and holiday snacking. The smell of warm candles, fresh pine, and these cinnamon, ginger, and clove cookies creates a _____ child's first holiday memories. Special meals are also an occasion for aardappel kroketjes, fried potato croquettes that are simple, delicious, and highly addictive.
German
Polish
Swedish
Belgian


January 1 takes precedence over Christmas Day for honoring St. Basil, the _____ Santa Claus. Children receive gifts, and a lucky silver coin is baked into a spongelike New Year's cake called Vasilopeta. When serving the dish, the first slice is set aside for St. Basil and the second slice for Christ. The following slices go to members of the family in descending order of age. A decorated and more breadlike version of the delicacy, Christopsomo, is made on Christmas Day itself.
Italian
Greek
Russian
Dutch


The first stollen was baked in 14th-century _____ and shaped to resemble the Christ-child in swaddling clothes. The fruit-laden cake is slow to rise, distinctly dry and dense in texture, aromatic, and flavorful. It's the perfect accompaniment to a strong black cup of coffee after a night of Christmas Eve worship and revelry.
Munich
Bern
Dresden
Newcastle


Despite the name, oliebollen (oil balls) are delicious and zealously consumed over Christmas in _____. These bite-size flour and raisin pastries are deep-fried and sprinkled with sugar.
The Netherlands
Italy
Greece
France


A grand fry-up is rarely amiss of a dank _____ Christmas morning: Eggs, bacon, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, sausages, fried bread, and links of black and white pudding fill both plates and appetites. Then, as if this spread were only a rehearsal, the proper midday meal amasses everything from roast ham to potato-stuffed turkey and spiced beef.
English
Spanish
Swedish
Irish


Aside from eating the ubiquitous panettone, _____ celebrate the week between Christmas and New Year's with helpings of cotechino, a fresh pork sausage traditionally served with stewed lentils.
Italians
French families
Portugese families
Scandinavians


Gathered around a nativity crèche instead of a Christmas tree, _____ families feast on the national holiday dish of dried codfish, called bacalhau. Dessert can be rabanadas, slices of white bread soaked in eggs and wine, dredged in sugar, and fried until the coating is crusty and candylike. Children ask the Infant Jesus for gifts, place their shoes by the fireplace, and hope for a piece of Bolo Rei, a circular cake coated in glazed fruits, crushed nuts and sugar icing.
Finnish
Portugese
Greek
Spanish


In _____, Christmas season starts on December 13, which is known as St. Lucia Day, when the oldest daughter dresses in white, wears a wreath with seven lighted candles, and serves coffee and buns to her family. Among the other popular dishes during the Christmas season are roast goose, ham, pickled herring, lutefisk, and rice pudding.
Scandinavia
The Netherlands
Poland
Switzerland


Plum pudding gets its name not from plums, but from the process of "plumming": raisins and currants are plumped up by warm brandy then molded with suet and a bit of batter to make the dense dessert so fondly consumed by the ______. Served aflame with more brandy, and garnished with holly, the pudding is a welcome assault to the palate — especially with a dollop of brandy-laced hard sauce.
French
Swiss
British
Dutch




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