Breakfasts: The Hidden Present at Christmas
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Breakfasts-ChristmasIf there is one thing associated with Christmas nearly as much as presents; it just has to be food. From a dinner with all the trimmings, through decadent desserts, and onto all the sweet treats and fancy snacks. One area that doesn't always get a look in is breakfasts though; but there is no reason why not.

Even if you are the one responsible for preparing the lunch, it doesn't mean you can't have good celebratory breakfasts either.

A traditional Christmas favorite already; it is likely you may have some fine Scottish smoked salmon in the fridge. Teaming this with just soft scrambled eggs, and perhaps a toasted bagel, is wonderful. For extra luxury, add some truffle oil to your eggs before cooking, or a grating of real truffle when serving.

Slightly more work; but still very easy is a bacon and cheese croissant. Whilst you fry up some bacon, warm two baking trays in the oven and prepare a croissant sliced n half with a spread of butter and a touch of tomato puree.

Once your bacon is done; place this on the croissant and sprinkle with some grated cheese. Place this on one of the baking trays, and place the second on top; pressing down a little. Put this back in the oven for a few minutes, or alternatively on a sandwich toaster, and serve whilst still hot.

If you have time, or are headed off somewhere else for lunch; then there really are no better breakfasts than what you get with a "Full English". Broiled (grilled) or fried it is excellent.

Traditionally, an "English Breakfast" will comprise bacon, sausages, baked beans, mushrooms and egg; though there really are no limits to what you can add.

A common addition is a fried slice; a slice of fried white bread heavily buttered and cooked until golden brown and crisp and unctuous. Other things you may fancy adding to the meal are crispy fried onions, sauteed potatoes and chopped tomatoes. For the very brave amongst you, you may even want to try a black pudding; essentially a sausage made from pigs blood!

Cooking such breakfasts are easy; but there are a couple of tips that could make it just that little more special for the festive day.

Instead of simply warming up your beans; try adding a half cup of milk to the pan, along with a good sized chunk of butter. A squeeze of garlic puree and a grind of pepper work well too; simmered gently for fifteen to twenty minutes; they really are a treat.

A fried slice is decadent anyway of course, but if you really want to push the boat out try "eggy bread". Rather than butter the bread, coat both sides generously in a beaten egg, and fry this until golden. Excellent at any time of the year; it can be given a Christmas twist with a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg in the egg.

If these tempting breakfasts really aren't doing it for you; then maybe just a bowl of muesli and a smoothie would be just as satisfying on the big morning!?
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