Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas menu recap: Christmas Day savouries

Here's Day 2 of revisiting our Christmas menu. Desserts tomorrow and then we are done!

We kicked off with Jamie Oliver's potato scones, with smoked salmon and an omelette. I make brilliant omelettes and pretty dire scrambled eggs - don't know why - so the omelette is pretty much my go-to egg preparation.

We didn't need all 4 potato scones, because we wanted to keep brunch quite light, so 2 balls of dough were wrapped in cling film for Boxing Day. We also shared the 3-egg omelette and found that it was just about the perfect amount of food. We had a glass of cava with it, of course.


As a main course, we'd decided on roast beef. I insist on trying to be a thoughtful carnivore, and this 1.6kg wing rib of carefully reared and aged Dexter beef from East London Steak Co was considerably cheaper than a free-range turkey crown. Plus roast beef leftovers are much nicer than turkey leftovers.


We roasted the beef with par-boiled Maris Piper potatoes, chunks of butternut squash, red onions and cloves of garlic.


We ate it, quite rare, with green beans and horseradish gravy. Very simple, but a really glorious way to celebrate a special meal.

11 comments:

Choclette said...

All sounds lovely, especially the horseradish gravy. Impressed with your omelettes too - I can't seem to make a good omelette or good scrambled eggs - hmmmm!

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Good to see you ate well on Christmas day! Such an excellent meal, this.

highplainsdrifters said...

Roast beef was cheaper than turkey? I'm moving across the pond asap!! Cheers and happy 2012!

Foodycat said...

Choclette - it's down to the pan. My omelette pan is brilliant.

Leafy - Thanks!

Steve - oh yes, a free range organic turkey crown was about £38. This was less than £30.

Shu Han said...

looks a real treat! and brilliant move on the roast beef. i didn't even realise it's cheaper than turkey!

kat said...

That beef has my mouth watering!

Foodycat said...

Shu Han - I think it depends where you shop. Supermarket turkey is really cheap but they are reared in battery conditions worse than chickens. For high-welfare, rare breed like a Kelly Bronze, beef is cheaper.

Kat - it was a beautiful piece of meat.

Heather @ girlichef.com said...

I would be totally happy with both meals! Sounds like the perfect beginning and ending to a day. And I'm gonna have to agree on leftover roast beef trumping leftover turkey :D Happy Holidays!

kyleen said...

The roast beef looks to die for. We had turkey this year, but if it were up to me, I'd go for roast beef too.

Deb in Hawaii said...

It looks like quite the Christmas Day feast. That potato scone with the salmon and omelette looks especially good. ;-)

Foodycat said...

Heather - I think the breakfast might become a Christmas day classic!

Kyleen - thanks for visiting my blog!

Deb - the potato scones were divine!

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