Christmas is getting nearer every day! If you have time off work but it’s too cold to go outside here in Milan, then cooking something delicious in the kitchen (maybe with a Michael Bublé Christmas playlist on Spotify to accompany you) will definitely help you to get in the festive spirit! Here are Scrambled Eggs’ top 5 recipe ideas to help you prepare some dishes from the ‘English-speaking’ world:
A sweet pie, perfect for dessert or at teatime, filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called ‘mincemeat’. Brits can’t get enough of mince pies! Last year, a record 220 million mince pies were sold during the Christmas season. These sweet mince-filled treats are a guaranteed success. The perfect mince pie should have buttery, crumbly pastry, plus it should be well balanced in sweetness and zest (and a touch of alcohol will give it an extra special kick).
Pigs in Blankets
Depending on your location, you might find a mini hot-dog wrapped in pastry (typical in the USA) or a mini sausage wrapped in bacon (the traditional UK style). They’re commonly served as an appetizer in America, or even as a breakfast snack, while in the UK they’re mostly served together with the traditional Christmas roast turkey. This author believes that the British version is far superior!
The most traditional of all Christmas foods apart from the turkey. It’s always cooked and then covered in alcohol (typically brandy) just before being served and set on fire. The alcohol is burnt off while the cake soaks up the flavours of the liquor – delicious! It also makes for a very exciting pause in your feast when your mum has to rush to extinguish the enormous flames that were caused by a drunk uncle pouring too much alcohol on the pudding!!
Eggnog is a rich, chilled, sweetened, dairy-based beverage. It is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks. It’s flavourful and it doesn’t just taste like sweet milk, and the holidays just aren’t the holidays without it. It’s rich, very sweet taste is more appealing to people who enjoy creamy desserts and like cinnamon.
A gingerbread house is a novelty confectionery shaped like a building that is made of cookie dough. Making a gingerbread house is no simple task, but it can be a kid-friendly project. They are often decorated with gumdrops, liquorice, peppermint and of course lots of icing. It makes a wonderful centrepiece for parties, and children will absolutely love it!
Do you eat any of the above food in your country? Have you ever been lucky enough to try these delicacies while visiting the UK or USA? Scrambled Eggs wishes you a tasty, English-filled holiday!