Christmas is a time for giving and chillin with the fam, but it’s also a pretty great excuse for eating your way into a #foodcoma TBH. Roast turkey and legs of ham are famous on our dinner tables over the silly season, but it’s time to get cultural and see the world – even if your bank account is denying you that round the world trip. Kids, it’s time to see how the rest of the world indulges over the festive season.

France

There’s plenty to love about seafood like oysters, crab and squid (or ‘calamari’ as you affectionately call it), but the French get extra fancy over Christmas and celebrate with the famous scallop dish, Coquilles Saint-Jacques. Grilled scallops with a lemon dressing truly is the next best thing. A perfect way to kick off the food eating festivities.

scallops

Order grilled scallops from The Greek Grill, Seaholme, VIC

England

While we can’t be sure who invented the good old classic roast chook, we reckon the English sure do a pretty good job at it. Chicken has a special place in our lives – chicken soup when you’re sick, chicken stir fry when you’re trying to be healthy, and roast chicken when you’re celebrating. And, what better celebration than Christmas to have a succulent roast chicken?

roast chicken

Order roast chicken from Ready Roasts and Salads, Melton South, VIC

Sweden

We know, those Swedish meatballs (Köttbullar) from Ikea are very dear to your heart, but since it’s Christmas, why don’t you make it a little special? Indulge in some Italian meatballs that are healthier and heartier with a bowl of spaghetti. Mamma Mia!

meatballs

Order Italian meatballs from Mondo Fresco, North Perth, WA

Italy

We sure do love to throw a shrimp on the barbie in Australia, but – like most things – the Italians do it better with their festive Feast of Seven Fishes dish. This meal of fish and seafood like crab and lobster might be saved especially for Christmas Eve in Italy, but we think a grilled seafood platter can be enjoyed almost every day.

seafood

Order a grilled seafood platter from Ace's Seafood, Ermington, NSW

Austria

Who says you can’t have more than one dessert at Christmas? Move a slice of pav and a scooping of trifle to the edge of your plate so you can make room for a slice of the decadent sachertorte chocolate mud cake. It might make for a great birthday cake, but it’s also a good replacement to banana cake or carrot cake. It is the silly season after all, so why shouldn’t you live life on the edge with a slice of choc mud cake?  

mud cake

Order chocolate mud cake from The Cake Place, Hassall Grove, NSW