The Food for the Yuletide Man
“Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells. Jingle all the way.”
Once again it is that time of the year, when our hearts start fluttering gaily to the little snow flakes. It is the Christmas season. The Yuletide spirit has gloriously set amongst us all.
Christmas, perhaps, is just a one day festival. But the festivities start way before. And continue even longer.
The word Christmas brings a lot of images to our minds. The shiny papers wrapped around tempting gifts, the lush green Christmas tree with all the glittering decors, the merry parties and of course, the food. While the Christmas dinner is unparallel to any delicacy, it is the special Christmas breakfast that sets in the mood.
Since Christmas Day is a much awaited holiday and a break from the daily monotonous routine, most of the times what we celebrate is a Christmas brunch.
The drowsy tone of the wintry morning can be interrupted with a delicious cup of chocolate-y café au lait. The chocolates and the cream can be generously added to the cuppa. After all, is it not sinful to feel guilty about the extra calories on Christmas Day?
Cakes. How can a Christmas breakfast ever be complete without cakes? Let your imagination run wild with this dish. Mix up the flavors. Let the strawberry flavor run wild with the chocolate. And vanilla does complement the flavor of coffee a lot. You can also try out apple with honey.
In the main course of the Christmas breakfast, you can treat yourself to a plethora of pancakes. They are easy to make and they take your taste buds for a joyride. You can try out a parmesan mashed potato pan cake or a simple parmesan potato pancake. Or you can even have a sweet potato pancake. Make the pancakes laden with dollops of cheese for that yummy creamy taste. Or you can replace the pancake in the main course with some delicious frittata.
Eggs are a healthy addition to a delightful Christmas breakfast. But the boring boiled egg can afford to stay away. A plate of Huevos ‘Ranch’ eros or a Western Skillet Eggs or maybe a sweet omelet or the classic poached eggs, can be good choices. Another dish that can add the oomph needed to your breakfast table is scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.
Take in a light easy to digest food item, to end your delicious Christmas breakfast. For example, a broiled brown sugar grapefruit. Or perhaps, some brown sugar shortbread. Wheat scones are not a bad idea either. Holiday cookies in different cute shapes and sizes not only add a festive spirit to the breakfast table, it also makes the taste buds want a little bit more.
The important motive for the Christmas breakfast is to enjoy the liveliness of the season in an unbridled fashion. Hence, the more sinful the platter, the better. For an added zing, the table can be decorated with colorful napkins, miniature Santa Clauses and little shiny bells. Let the merry makings begin!