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French food for Christmas and New Year | Per on Forbes

Many countries have special food traditions for Christmas. In Sweden, as an example, you have the “julbord”, with a specially prepared ham, special herring, special cabbage, and many other things.

In France, curiously, they don’t really have much special food for Christmas and New Year. Instead they just eat more and better of what one would have for any festive meal at another time of the year. Lots of shellfish, succulent pieces of meat, game of many different types, well-matured cheeses, etcetera.

There are two things that only get a place on Christmas tables though. That is the capon, le chapon, the castrated rooster, and the bûche de noël, the very creamy-buttery Christmas log cake. And also, oysters, enormous amounts of oysters.

On the other hand, thinking about the Swedish Christmas food, it is mostly not really very different from things that you eat at other times of the year, only more and with a slightly different touch to it.

So perhaps the differences are not so great after all. Christmas and New Year is a time to enjoy some of the best, together with people that count for you.

Live lobster from Bretagne (Brittany), a rare luxury

Live lobster from Bretagne (Brittany), a rare luxury, copyright BKWine Photography

Read more on this in Per’s article on Forbes: What The French Eat For Christmas (And New Year) 2017, A Picture Essay.

Here is the introduction:

Going out shopping the days before Christmas is no great pleasure. Crowds everywhere. Going out looking at others doing their shopping can be quite enjoyable. Especially if you do it at food markets in Paris. You can revel in looking at all the goodies knowing that you already have all you need in the fridge at home.

Easier said than done perhaps.

But that’s exactly what we did the two days before Christmas here in Paris. It had a few added benefits. At one food stall they were selling caviar and they gave us a sample of their beluga (Calvisius from northern Italy – delicious). In another shop, they were making a promotion for champagne (of course) so we had a glass of Bollinger Grande Année. In between, we had a bite of belota belota Iberian ham.

Read all of Per’s article on BKWine on Forbes.

One lonely Christmas tree left outside the grocery shop

One lonely Christmas tree left outside the grocery shop, copyright BKWine Photography

A shoal of langouste

A shoal of langouste, copyright BKWine Photography

Bouquet shrimps, very luxurious

Bouquet shrimps, very luxurious, copyright BKWine Photography

Madeleine cakes with ... black truffles

Madeleine cakes with … black truffles, copyright BKWine Photography

Big name and small grower champagnes

Big name and small grower champagnes, copyright BKWine Photography

Champagnes on the shelves at the wine shop

Champagnes on the shelves at the wine shop, copyright BKWine Photography

A delicious pineapple gateau from Version Original in Issy les Moulineaux

A delicious pineapple gateau from Version Original in Issy les Moulineaux, copyright BKWine Photography

The butchers special, home-made foie, that he was very proud of

The butchers special, home-made foie, that he was very proud of, copyright BKWine Photography

Juicy entrecote from the butcher

Juicy entrecote from the butcher, copyright BKWine Photography

Partridge, ready to go into the oven

Partridge, ready to go into the oven, copyright BKWine Photography

Christmas in Paris, Eiffel Tower Sacre Coeur, Ferris Wheel, Les Invalides dome (L to R)

Christmas in Paris, Eiffel Tower Sacre Coeur, Ferris Wheel, Les Invalides dome (L to R), copyright BKWine Photography

Black perigord truffles, tuber melanosporum, the best

Black perigord truffles, tuber melanosporum, the best, copyright BKWine Photography

Belota belota Iberian ham

Belota belota Iberian ham, copyright BKWine Photography

Snails, a French classic, but in reality rarely seen

Snails, a French classic, but in reality rarely seen, copyright BKWine Photography

Foie gras, duck, guinea fowl, duck breast...

Foie gras, duck, guinea fowl, duck breast…, copyright BKWine Photography

Birds, capon, turkey, chicken, doves,... are very popular

Birds, capon, turkey, chicken, doves,… are very popular, copyright BKWine Photography

The checkout counter line at Le Bon Marche the day before Christmas

The checkout counter line at Le Bon Marche the day before Christmas, copyright BKWine Photography

If you don't want wine you can splash out on water. 50€/bottle for the Bling one

If you don’t want wine you can splash out on water. 50€/bottle for the Bling one, copyright BKWine Photography

Live oysters can be found all over Paris around Christmas and New Year

Live oysters can be found all over Paris around Christmas and New Year, copyright BKWine Photography

Live lobster from Bretagne (Brittany), a rare luxury

Live lobster from Bretagne (Brittany), a rare luxury, copyright BKWine Photography

Foie gras is usually from duck (canard) but can also be goose (oie)

Foie gras is usually from duck (canard) but can also be goose (oie), copyright BKWine Photography

Tasting beluga caviar from Calvisius

Tasting beluga caviar from Calvisius, copyright BKWine Photography

Cheese from cow, goat, sheep

Cheese from cow, goat, sheep, copyright BKWine Photography

Mature and tender cuts of beef at the butcher's

Mature and tender cuts of beef at the butcher’s, copyright BKWine Photography

Big department stores have very elaborate Christmas decorations in the windows

Big department stores have very elaborate Christmas decorations in the windows, copyright BKWine Photography

Big department stores have very elaborate Christmas decorations in the windows

Big department stores have very elaborate Christmas decorations in the windows, copyright BKWine Photography

Buches de noel, the French Christmas log cake with butter cream filling

Buches de noel, the French Christmas log cake with butter cream filling, copyright BKWine Photography

Buches de noel, the French Christmas log cake

Buches de noel, the French Christmas log cake, copyright BKWine Photography

Roses are pretty at Christmas too

Roses are pretty at Christmas too, copyright BKWine Photography

Veal's hoof, only one left

Veal’s hoof, only one left, copyright BKWine Photography

Beef and veal tongue, some like it very much

Beef and veal tongue, some like it very much, copyright BKWine Photography

Beef jowls and ox tail, much appreciated these days

Beef jowls and ox tail, much appreciated these days, copyright BKWine Photography

A mountain of langoustines

A mountain of langoustines, copyright BKWine Photography

Sea urchins, considered a delicacy by some

Sea urchins, considered a delicacy by some, copyright BKWine Photography

A chapon fermier (farmhouse capon)

A chapon fermier (farmhouse capon), copyright BKWine Photography

A wide choice of cheese in the world's best cheese country

A wide choice of cheese in the world’s best cheese country, copyright BKWine Photography

A butcher's shop

A butcher’s shop, copyright BKWine Photography

Oysters and huge langoustes

Oysters and huge langoustes, copyright BKWine Photography

Hard cheese and soft cheese, preferably unpasturised

Hard cheese and soft cheese, preferably unpasturised, copyright BKWine Photography

Many different chevre, goat cheese, preferably unpasturised

Many different chevre, goat cheese, preferably unpasturised, copyright BKWine Photography

Some cheese may look odd but they are delicious

Some cheese may look odd but they are delicious, copyright BKWine Photography

Various clams, sea snails and other shell fish

Various clams, sea snails and other shell fish, copyright BKWine Photography

Oysters of different types and sizes

Oysters of different types and sizes, copyright BKWine Photography

Live lobster from Brittany

Live lobster from Brittany, copyright BKWine Photography

Fresh scallops

Fresh scallops, copyright BKWine Photography

Giant crab claws

Giant crab claws, copyright BKWine Photography

Big shrimps

Big shrimps, copyright BKWine Photography

Fresh daurade royale

Fresh daurade royale, copyright BKWine Photography

At the fish monger's

At the fish monger’s, copyright BKWine Photography

Big beautiful langouste

Big beautiful langouste, copyright BKWine Photography

 

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