Christmas gatherings……

by Mommy Cooks on December 10, 2009 · 0 comments

My family and I will be making the trek back to the Kootenays for Christmas this year as we do every second year.  It is so lovely to go back and see the snow covered mountains which for us are covered with family and friends.  I look forward to a break from the monotony of life and days filled with visiting, food, snow ball fights and sleigh rides.   The banter with siblings and the free feeling and comfort of being with those that we hold dearest make Christmas come alive.

We are fortunate that one destination holds all of our family including siblings and many friends.  Though, we tend to feel like ping pong balls on occasion as we bounce from one house to the next careful not to leave anyone out (ugh – that is a whole other conversation).  This Christmas we will spend Christmas Eve with my father, open presents in the am and hurry off to my father-in-laws for brunch, then off to my mother’s for dinner.  Keeping true to our ping pong status:)

Did I mention that I am responsible for Christmas Brunch.  My father in law is on his own since my mother-in-law passed a few years back.  I don’t mind at all but I am a little stressed about what can be done on such a short time frame with no time beforehand to prepare.  I have been attempting to come up with a menu that can be easily made Christmas morning without much fuss that is a little bit special and festive.   I’ll share with you what I have come up with – please send your comments and ideas – they would be most appreciated.


  • German Pancake with syrup
  • Turkey breakfast sausages – if you haven’t tried these you are missing out
  • Fruit Salad     
  • Pickled Herring – this one is homemade by my father in law ahead of time

German Pancake:

This is a pancake you’ll want to make over and over again.  It is low in fat, full of protein from the eggs and your kids will love it.

Pancake:Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prep a 10 x 15 deep baking dish with 2 tbsp. melted butter (use a brush to get it up the sides of the pan. In your blender: 10 eggs, 1-1/2 c. flour, 1-1/2 c. milk, 3/4 tsp. salt. Blend thoroughly and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
Syrup:In a small saucepan mix (1/3 c + 1Tbsp) sugar, (3Tbsp + 1 tsp) buttermilk, 2 Tbsp butter (no marg), 1-1/2 tsp corn syrup, and 1/4 tsp baking soda. Heat till boils and changes to caramel colour. Remove from heat and add 1/2 tsp vanilla. (A little goes a long way…) Serve as syrup alongside pancakes. Leftovers are great on vanilla ice cream.  You can make ahead and heat when you are ready to serve this one.  (If you do not have buttermilk first add 1/4 t. vinegar and fill to desired measure with creamiest milk you have on hand – 1% will work fine if that is all you have)

Fruit Salad:

In order to stay out of the kitchen as much as possible I plan to use canned peaches, pears then add fresh blueberries, segments of mandarin and slices of banana with a little vanilla yogurt on the side to top with if desired.  A little red and green sugar sprinkles on the top of the yogurt make it pretty for the Christmas table but be sure to do it right before serving as they will melt into the yogurt. 

 Other than that I just need to fry up the sausages.

 Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a stress free holiday!

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