Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Menu: Breakfast

Yesterday was my last day of work until next year. So am I a lady of leisure? Not quite. There's menus to be planned and cookies to be baked and gifts-from-the-kitchen to be assembled and spit'n'polishing to be done.

In our house, we pretty much have the same menu for Christmas. But I do like to try change things up periodically with different variations of our basic menu. Last weekend, I got out my Christmas binder food book and began perusing. 'Cooker-girl' (as 8 yr old Molly used to call herself) was right in there with me. 'Texting shlumping-on-the-sofa-'cause-I'm-a-struggling-student-who's-home girl' (as I sometimes call Libby) has always been the type who's only interested in eating food - not making it. And 'Brazilian Beauty' is so agreeable about everything ("I don't know!" "Whatever you want!") that she's happy just to eat something yummy!

'Cooker Girl' is a joy to cook with; she's adventurous and learns quickly. But this mild-mannered child also has some dictator tendencies that only arise in the kitchen. "I'm not sure if I want that this Xmas, Molly". "NO Mom! We're making that this year!"
So, here's what Molly and I have decided on for Christmas breakfast this year:

  • Mimosas - Berry or Campari or just simple orange juice? Unsure as yet.

  • Soft-boiled eggs and glazed sausage & bacon - You simply fry 'em up, leave about 2 Tbsp of drippings in the pan, add 1/4 cup ea of apple juice & apple jelly, stir and add back the sausage and bacon to coat.

  • Scones (served with real butter!) - Something simple with raisins and almonds perhaps.

  • Fruit Salad - Strawberries, mandarin oranges and bananas.


The fruit salad recipe never changes. I found this wonderful recipe years ago that's different and delicious; so it's our standard special occasion breakfast fare. Here's the recipe.


Will You Please Make that Fruit Salad?

2 or 3 bananas

1 large can or bottle of mandarin oranges

2-3 cups strawberries (or a large can of fruit cocktail)

1 small pkg instant Jello lemon flavored pudding


Put the dry pudding mix in a large bowl; add the juice (only) from the mandarin oranges and stir. It will be thick. Slice the bananas and stir them into the thickened pudding. (This will keep them from turning brown.) Add strawberries (or fruit cocktail) and stir. If it seems very thick, stir in a little of the reserved juide. Place in the refrigerator to cool and thicken slightly.




I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Your fruit salad sound very good I'll have to give it a try soon as I get some lemon pudding mix. I'd never heard of glazed bacon or sausage before that does sound good too. Breakfast is going to be wonderful at your house!

Nezzy said...

Mmmmm, glazed sausage and bacon. Geez Louise, we only by bacon once a year 'round here to celebrate ripe tomatoes with our annual BLT! {{{SIGH}}}...I do so love bacon and glazed sounds heavenly!

Girl, that fruit salad sounds gooooood. I may steal the recipe.

What a tasty fun time ya'll are gonna have Christmas Breakfast.

God bless and have a great day!!!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

That bacon looks so good, unfortunately, half of my family are vegetarians/vegans. It just is not the same with tofu bacon.

Have a great holiday and enjoy!

karensomethingorother said...

SCONES! MY HUSBAND MAKES THE BEST SCONES! Now I have to bug him to make some scones soon...

Merry Christmas!

Sweet Tea said...

Oh my that sounds delicious!!
Great ideas.

Pamela Gordon said...

My goodness I never made an elaborate breakfast for Christmas! The kids were too busy playing with new toys to eat. The bacon and sausage thingies looks so good! I hope you have a super Christmas! Blessings, Pamela


Enjoy your leisure time. Menu planning is always FUN, especially when the whole family gets involved. LOL Love scones. We always have cranberry orange. But your selections sound good. That fruit salad does look yummy. Take care.

Chatty Crone said...

Well looks like you have a different kind of work to do - but more fun type work. Merry Christmas. sandie

Red said...

This is something I enjoy just looking at and hearing about. I like the sausage and bacon best!

Angie in TO said...

We have the same thing every Christmas morning too, I love carrying on the tradition. Your menu sounds delicious.

Chandra said...

Glazed bacon on a stick....oh my!