The holidays are fast approaching, and many of you will soon be rushing around your kitchen preparing Christmas dinner. But while the turkey and trimmings might be the main event, I’ve always thought the first meal of the day is one of the best things about Christmas.
The image of a family sat up at the breakfast bar, talking about how they’ll spend their special day over some delicious food (along with a nice simmering cup of tea or coffee) is an image which really appeals to me.
As a mini survey I asked some of my customers what they’ll be tucking into on the big day, and I got some great responses. Here are a few of their choices…
A couple of customers enjoy a proper meal to celebrate the first day of Christmas and both said Eggs Benedict as it combines the crispiness of bacon, the rich buttery flavour of Hollandaise sauce, the delicious and filling English muffin – and to top it all off, the runny yolk of the poached eggs.
A bacon sandwich with brown sauce has always been a British favourite, and according to one chap as it’s a popular choice for Christmas breakfast. Part of the appeal, it seems, is the wafting scent of frying bacon which permeates the house and signals the arrival of Christmas! But are you more of a red sauce person?
Porridge was high on the list of Christmas breakfasts – a good solid source of energy to set you up for the rest of the hectic day. One customer told me their own special recipe that they use for their Christmas porridge; they use vanilla soya milk and sultanas, prepared on Christmas Eve to allow the porridge to soak up the milk overnight and then drizzle it with maple syrup and cream after heating it up.
Of course, Christmas breakfast is a different story for children. For many parents, Christmas is the one time where sweets and chocolate are permitted as a breakfast food! There’s always a selection box, Toblerone or a bag of chocolate coins from a stocking, and kids are usually so excited with their presents that they can go the whole morning (and sometimes the afternoon) without eating any ‘real’ food at all!
What do you like to cook up in your kitchen on Christmas Day morning? Share your own suggestions in the comments below.