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Making Christmas Perfect!

Godfreys have been providing perfect Christmases since 1905 - the year in which we were founded by our Great Grandfather!
 
Back to the future 
Over the years fashions have changed in Christmas dishes and menus - but we find that a mixture of traditional and some of the more modern dishes - is usually the best recipe to help create a Perfect Christmas.
 


Making Christmas - Perfect!
So this years Godfreys Celebration will be a series of Chapters of recipes - old and new - for each of - Christmas Breakfast and Brunch, Christmas Side Dishes, Christmas Dinner Mains - and finally some recipes for Boxing Day - to complete making your Christmas - Perfect!
 

 

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We start with Breakfast
So back to our Recipes for a Perfect Christmas - and we start with Breakfast or Brunch
 
We hope these Recipes are helpful  - or inspire you look further into how to make the most of those special Christmas days
 
“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.”
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
 

British Breakfast tradition
Culinary standards may have changed dramatically since Somerset Maugham’s days - but the full English breakfast is remains a centuries old British breakfast tradition dating back to the early 1300s
 
To this day the English Breakfast is hugely popular and you can usually find an English Breakfast wherever you find British people - we like to take the tradition with us wherever we go.
 

Enjoyed by millions
The English Breakfast began with the gentry and evolved with the Victorians, who refined the tradition and standardised the ingredients to create a truly national dish, one that is hugely popular to this day and regularly enjoyed by millions of English Breakfast lovers from all over the world.
 
But before we start on the more modern Christmas Breakfast - here is a taste of Christmas Breakfast enjoyed in times gone by - when we were founded by our great grandfather :
 

 
“The coffee urn was filled, and a hot breakfast was served: beefsteak or lamb/veal chops, with a salad of sliced tomatoes or lettuce, with hard-boiled eggs, or poached eggs on toast; or omelet with muffins, or “pop-overs” with butter.
 
Fish, broiled or saute, could also be served, and sometimes deviled lobster if it was preferred.
 
In England, steamed finnan haddie was the favorite breakfast fish, and egg dishes were always welcomed, accompanied with mushrooms, small French peas or potatoes.
 
For the next course, chicken, broiled or fried with rice. Dessert of frozen punch, pastry or jellies followed; and coffee, in breakfast cups, concluded the meal.
 
Hot muffins and crisp biscuits were made available, as were waffles and syrup.
 
An informal breakfast was less elaborate.
 
It began with fruit, and may be followed by ham or bacon and eggs with johnny-cake and potatoes, or a simple breakfast may be started with cereal, served with cream, and followed by broiled finnan haddie and baked potatoes.
 
Eggs, quail or chops, and a crisp salad was another menu often adapted to the late informal breakfast. Desserts were simple, as sweets were seldom indulged in at breakfast (buns with marmalade or honey; frozen puddings).”

 
Now - known colloquially as “a fry up” the full English Breakfast and its ingredients have become fairly standardised, you usually find the same Breakfast with the same ingredients everywhere
 

 

A revival
But there is currently a revival of the more traditional English Breakfast ingredients underway in the higher end breakfast establishments, where the English Breakfast is once again being elevated into an art form.
 
Together with that revival we now Breakfast dishes inspired from countries from all over the world that are more in keeping with todays modern lifestyles
 
So now - here is a taste of Christmas Breakfasts and Brunches brought bang up to date :


 


•   Sausage & Egg baps with spicy Tomato sauce
Give the humble Sausage sarnie the brunch treatment by serving it in buns with fresh, piquant homemade ketchup
Preparation time 10mins : Cooking Time 20mins.
Click here for Cumberland Sausages




•   Brioche French toast with Bacon, Banana & Maple syrup
- by Joanna Brennan
This indulgent brunch combines salty Bacon with sweet Maple syrup-soaked Brioche for a special breakfast to savour
Preparation time 10mins : Cooking Time 15mins.
 Click here for Smoked Back Bacon




•   Brummie Bacon Cakes - by Marcus Wareing
These brunch cakes from Birmingham are similar to savoury scones, with cheese, tomato ketchup and Worcester sauce - perfect with eggs!
Preparation time 15mins : Cooking Time 40mins. 
Click here for Smoked Streaky Bacon




•   Black Pudding Potato Cakes with fried Eggs & Tomato chutney  -
Savoury Black pudding makes these Potato Cakes moreish, serve for supper or Christmas Breakfast or Brunch
Preparation time 15mins : Cooking Time 15mins.
 Click here for Ramsays Mini Black Pudding




•    The Great Christmas Breakfast Burger
Start the day with this flavour-packed breakfast Sausage Burger - with Bacon, Cheese and Tomato relish
Preparation time 20mins : Cooking Time 35mins. 
Click here for Smoked Streaky Bacon, Directors Sausage Meat




•   Easy Sausage Strata
 Similar to a Quiche or Frittata - This hot and hearty, all-in-one, Christmas
Morning Strata can be made the day before, so you can wake up any which way you want on Christmas morning - without having to worry about what you're going to make for breakfast! Just pop it in the oven, serve, and let the whole gang dig in! 
 
This Strata is really easy to make. Ham or bacon can be substituted for the sausage and for a Christmassy look add cooked chopped broccoli
Preparation time 20mins : Cooking Time 1hr 10mins.
 
Click here for Directors Sausages



•   Banana pancakes with crispy bacon & syrup - by Cassie Best
Treat yourself to a lazy brunch with these American-style
fluffy pancakes with pancetta and maple drizzle
Preparation time 15mins : Cooking Time 25mins. 
Click here for Smoked Streaky Bacon




•   The Full English - by Jamie Oliver
One of life's simple pleasures to be enjoyed on Christmas morning - or any morning really!
 
As Jamie says - “Some things are too good to mess about with, so I've kept my English breakfast pretty old-school ”
 
Cooking time 30mins. 
Click here for Pork & Leek Sausages, Smoked Back Bacon, Ramsays Black Pudding Slices

Now you can’t have a Christmas celebration without something that raises the Spirits - or the Wine
 
So here are the recipes for two Christmas morning favourites





•  Bucks Fizz
The drink is named after London's Buck's Club, where it was invented as an excuse to begin drinking early; it was first served in 1921 by a barman named Malachy McGarry
Chill your Champagne & Orange Juice. Select tall and elegant shaped wine glasses! Pour about one third of orange juice into the glass first and then top up with champagne.
Any less Champagne would be a waste of the Champagne!





•  Bloody Merry Mary 
The perfect Bloody Mary is a hotly debated topic.
 
This one is made with Rosemary-infused Gin.
 
On its own, Gin is the closest you can get to a Christmas tree in your glass.
 
Vodka may be old reliable, but there’s something about Gin that makes a Bloody Mary go down smoother.
 
Combined with Rosemary, this Bloody has a herbal flair with a nice, spicy finish.
 
Ideally, the Gin should be infused for a few days before - however muddling it with fresh Rosemary works just as well.

Merry Mary
Serves 1
 
1. If you didn’t infuse it with Rosemary, pour Gin in a small glass or shaker with ½
  sprig of Rosemary and muddle.
 
2.  Add Spicy V8 juice, Lemon juice, Worcester Sauce, Horseradish, Sriracha and Olive juice to a shaker. Sprinkle in garlic powder and pepper. Shake it like a Polaroid picture.
 
3. Fill your glass with ice. Pour in the Gin, followed by your Bloody Mary mix.
 
4. Garnish and enjoy!

We hope you enjoyed this Chapter on Christmas Breakfast and Brunch recipes and ideas for Christmas - and hope you look forward to the next Chapter when we show more Recipes and Ideas for your Perfect Christmas- next up are Christmas Mains Side dishes.



 
Merry Christmas!

 

 
Ps Please do have a look at Chapter One of our Christmas Carol now Live on www.godfreys.co which explains in detail what ensures your Christmas Turkey is going to be fabulous


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