A Mediterranean Christmas

mediterranean christmas

In the Mediterranean countries, Christmas is a family tradition. It is celebrated in the warmth of affection, around the table and the crib, eating and chatting. The families who live far get together in order to spend a few days in peace and quiet.

mediterranean christmas
photo quote: http://www.indirettadacarini.it/Piccole%20storie/Natale%20antico.html

So… if you’re going to host a get-together for family and friends this Christmas in perfect Italian style, you’re in the right place to get inspired! Make your holiday table sparkle and let your guest speechless with a vegan Christmas menu!

More than mistletoe or fir branches, eucalyptus is ever present in the Mediterranean region during wintertime. Instead of an elaborate floral centerpiece, you can use Christmas ball, pine cones and walnuts. Use simple name tags for the place settings or cookies.

mediterranean christmas
photo quote: http://belleandchic.com/mediterranean-christmas-table-from-belle-chic-and-kissandchips/
mediterranean christmas
photo quote: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/christmas-crafts/christmas-tables-1208#last-slide

mediterranean christmas

Choosing a meat-free menu you will convince your reluctant relatives to enjoy vegan cuisine, which is nothing new compared to the traditional Mediterranean diet.  Excellent raw materials are the secret to make delicious and healthy gastronomic specialities as well as tasty recipes of the local food traditions.

Let’s start with toasted bread topped with hummus or Controne beans, followed by sundried tomato and Salella olive tapenade. As main dish, you can choose cauliflower and broccoli pie or honeycomb cannelloni (filled with spinach, Cicerale chickpeas and tomato). Also seitan with potatoes and carrots it’s a good idea because of its “meaty” texture. As dessert, Cilento figs with honey.

To drink, Southern Italy wines are what you are looking for. Most of them are from “Heroic Viticulture” is practiced in these geographically impervious areas into tiny plots of land stripped from the mountains, the rocks, the sea, where each grape harvest is an act of love and hard work.

We suggested you festive and colorful recipes in order to make your Christmas day festive and unforgettable. Here you find all the recipes we mentioned.

Happy Holiday from Med inStyle staff!

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