A Collection of Rural Sociology Christmas Feasts

The Rural Sociology Course “Food Culture and Customs” wrapped up just before Christmas.

As a side-project (read: homework for no credit), I asked students to photograph their holiday meals and share the pictures so that we could all get a little taste of Christmas around the world.

Here are some of the photos. 

Traditional Danish Christmas dinner! White potatoes, caramelized potatoes, pork roast, duck, red cabbage and gravy

Traditional Danish Christmas dinner! White potatoes, caramelized potatoes, pork roast, duck, red cabbage and gravy

Slovak Christmas Dinner

Slovak Christmas Dinner

France foie gras de canard with fig jam

France: foie gras de canard with fig jam

South Africa Christmas day lunch Leg of lamb on the braai cooked ham and not-so-authentic butternut & couscous and beet carpaccio

South Africa: Christmas day lunch Leg of lamb on the braai (BBQ) cooked ham and not-so-authentic butternut & couscous and beet carpaccio

For the Hungarian Christmas, the student noted:  “This “was our “main dish” setting. Not completely authentic, because my grandma recently started watching cooking shows.”

Hungarian Christmas

Hungarian Christmas

Over to Italy for dessert!

Italian Dessert Classic panettone and panettone dressed with pistacchi and torrone

Italy:  Classic panettone and panettone dressed with pistacchi and torrone

Finally, one student was couchsurfing in Haifa, Israel and staying with an Argentinian restaurant owner: all the weekly leftovers turned into an amazing tapas dinner. She wrote: “This morning at 5 we were making empanadas. Shalom!”

Israel-Argentina Empanadas

Israel: Argentinian Empanadas

And, in case you were curious about what is eaten on New Year’s Day in Mexico City…

New Years Lunch in Mexico City

New Years Lunch in Mexico City

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Jessica Duncan is Assistant Professor in the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University. Originally from Canada, she lived in France, Spain and the UK before coming to the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in Food Policy from City University London and is the author of the book Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security (Routledge, 2015, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138802520/ ). Her research areas include: food policy; food security; global governance; environmental policy; participation; rural sociology. She is particularly interested in transitions towards environmentally sustainable food security governance.

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