Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas Eats

I actually don't care for a lot of "holiday" food.  

I don't like stuffing--let's be honest folks, it's soggy bread.  

I don't like yams that are full of sugar and covered in marshmallows--if you're gonna eat a yam or a sweet potato, just treat it like a potato!  Don't try to mask its taste with all that extra stuff.

I only like cranberries if they are from fresh berries.  Cannot stand that canned stuff.

I don't like green bean casserole or any other casserole that has a cream-of-X soup in it or is covered with those crispy fried onion bits stuff.

I don't like ham a lot of time--unless it's a really expensive kind.  If it's the kind from the regular market it's just got a strange texture and squeaks on my teeth.  

But, I LOVE the holidays.  So I have to do my own thing.  One thing I adore is Christmas breakfast.  I love breakfast in general, which is not cereal.  Cereal is a great snack.  Breakfast is warm and buttery and requires a fork.  Christmas breakfast especially.  The oven must be turned on.  And it should take a good long time to eat it, while we sip coffee or tea and watch the sun move across the window.

Christmas Breakfast

Fruit Parfait (fruit, angel food cake, fruit dip)
Cinnamon Toast (from Trader Joe's)
Baked Egg in Ham Cup with Fontina and Dill

Baked Eggs

Christmas Dinner

Beef Wellington with Red Wine Sauce
(Gana and I had a good cut of meat,
but the kids' I made with ground beef.)
Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Served up with a Cabernet Sauvignon

Eggnog Shortbread Trifle, AKA a little bit o' heaven


Sara Kay said...

Looks amazing Daja!! :)

Lady Dorothy said...

As I sat wondering how wonderful an eggnog shortbread trifle would be, I remembered I still had eggnog in the refrigerator. Off I go....

Linda Bronkar said...

Daja, long time no see. :) How do you do those ham cups? It looks like a slice of ham in a muffin tin, with an egg cracked on top, then a slice of cheese and herbs, then baked. Is that what it is?

Gombojav Tribe said...

Hello Linda! How are you?! Good to hear from you!

Yes, that's exactly what it is. Slice of good ham (got some tasty stuff from Whole Foods) to line the muffin tin. Crack an egg directly in. Top with cheese, salt and pepper and whatever else you want. Bake at 400F for about 10 minutes, but check the yolks for your preferred level of cooked. I like a nice hot runny yolk. :-)

Alexandra Strauss said...

I don't care for "holiday food" either.. I usually just eat a bit of dark turkey meat and save room for dessert, LOL!

BEEF WELLINGTON!! I've been wanting to try to make this. Yours is so beautiful!! I'm going to talk to my mom right now and suggest this for Thanksgiving... and if not, Christmas for sure!! I'm so excited about "holiday food" now! :D

Heather said...

I absolutely agree! Especially about the breakfast.