Mulled wine and Christmas morning brekky.....

(67 Posts)
lucysmam Sun 13-Oct-13 19:42:07

I've never tried mulled wine so can some lovely person give me a basic 'how to'?

And.....Can I have some ideas for Christmas day brekky that's a bit special please?

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 19:45:56

I normally buy mulled in a bottle and add some sliced orange whilst warming in the pan... easy... you can buy mulled winr spices but I never bother with that. M&S have a nice one.

As for breakfast we have bacon sandwich... anything more and im too full to do anything!

jamtoast12 Sun 13-Oct-13 19:52:48

I'm marking place as we always have bacon butties as kids love them but I'm after something a little more special but also kid friendly (they wouldn't thank me for salmon for breakfast for example!).

lucysmam Sun 13-Oct-13 19:55:23

jam we usually just have something like toast but think it'd be nice to have something a bit special on Christmas morning. Mine wouldn't thank me for salmon either though hmm

lucysmam Sun 13-Oct-13 19:57:39

Mulled wine in a bottle sounds like my kind of thing, do lidl do it? M&S is a tad out of my price range! confused (I hope the bottle comes with instructions!)

superram Sun 13-Oct-13 20:00:30

Lidl do it but similar price to m and s but you get more. Currently £4.99 a bottle. Keep checking there will be an offer!

Not sure it is a breakfast drink though-a but heavy. More a late afternoon with mince pie drink.

Wallison Sun 13-Oct-13 20:00:40

What about eggs benedict? You could always leave the hollandaise sauce off the kids' portions (which means more for the grown-ups) although ime most kids will eat it. Bottled mulled wine just needs to be heated on the stove. But the kits are easy to use - just bung them in a saucepan with the wine. Mmmm, mulled wine ...

Wallison Sun 13-Oct-13 20:01:21

I agree about not having mulled wine for breakfast - bucks fizz much better! (I'm not really a lush, honest!)

DurhamOx Sun 13-Oct-13 20:02:32

smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with bucks fizz for breakfast

or pancakes?

WhoKnowsWhereTheBonnetsGo Sun 13-Oct-13 20:03:22

We often do croissants and pain au chocolat, Waitrose do frozen uncooked ones. I think Lidl do as well.

onepieceoflollipop Sun 13-Oct-13 20:04:39

Christmas breakfast? Just eat the chocolate out of the stockings, supplemented with some luxury fresh fruit to leave room for the dinner later! to drink I start with strong coffee, then move on to Cava or Prosecco.

I buy ready made mulled wine but on New years eve I do make proper mulled wine, I just use a bottle or 3 of red, and follow Jamie Olivers recipe, although I don't like too much citrus fruit in it. For breakfast I usually have roses with a turkey wing smile

ShoeWhore Sun 13-Oct-13 20:06:09

Smoked salmon and cream cheese on toasted bagels here. Perhaps with a glass of Bucks Fizz.

Mulled wine is easy to make yourself. Google Delia's recipe

iklboo Sun 13-Oct-13 20:06:29

We make pancakes for breakfast & have them with mixed berries and ice cream.

We have mulled cider on Xmas eve while wrapping the rest of DS's presents. The first couple of presents look lovely - after a couple of glasses of mulled cider, maybe not so pretty grin.

DontmindifIdo Sun 13-Oct-13 20:10:20

surely everyone just does bacon sarnies with a side of a whole chocolate orange/the contents of the first selection box opened followed by all the purple ones out of the quality street tin... Do some people do sophisticated and civilized Christmas breakfasts?

For mulled wine, don't pay a mark up to buy it, just make some: simple BBC recipe

(if you buy it it'll be made with nasty wine)

Whereisegg Sun 13-Oct-13 20:12:49

I was just about to suggest pancakes!

Banana and choc spread, strawberries and cream, lemon and sugar, syrup.

Feels like a real treat but minimal effort smile

lucysmam Sun 13-Oct-13 20:13:09

Nooooo, I wasn't planning the wine with brekky....I'd end up too pickled to do dinner grin

I will keep an eye out for offers on the bottles over the next few weeks.

Croissants may go down well I think with the girls. Eggs benedict sounds interesting though, shall google that in the morning.

any other suggestions? (apart from no mulled wine for brekky grin )

lucysmam Sun 13-Oct-13 20:14:16

I am the world's worst pancake maker! I do try but they're just not good sad

2kidsintow Sun 13-Oct-13 20:15:42

We don't have alcohol til Christmas lunch. And I don't like to eat too muh at breakfast as we usually have lunch about 12 or 1pm.

Usually DH makes bacon butties for himself and the kids and I have toast. Or we get some croissants/pain au chocolate. Morrisons (I think) have the bags of frozen ones and I fancy getting some of those in to bung in the oven and have freshly baked.

Wallison Sun 13-Oct-13 20:16:31

Eggs benedict is just a muffin toasted and one side topped with poached egg, the other with ham, then hollandaise sauce poured over the lot. Or you can do it with bacon instead of ham. It's basically a posh breakfast butty!

lucysmam Sun 13-Oct-13 20:24:27

Wallison I think I can manage that...would go down nicely as a Sunday breakfast too so will experiment with that.

lucysmam Sun 13-Oct-13 20:25:22

2kids, we tend to eat around 3pm so it'd be brekky then some choc or snacks until then on Christmas day smile

WannaSplitAPineapple Sun 13-Oct-13 20:25:56

For breakfast try Nigellas Christmas morning muffins. They go down a treat with my family. I do all the measuring Xmas eve so most of the work is done.

topbannana Sun 13-Oct-13 20:26:40

American (?) pancakes (the small fluffy ones rather than the big flat ones grin) with berries and maple syrup. Homemade and DSs absolute favourite knew it was a mistake to involve him in preparations!
Also bacon rolls and Bucks Fizz.
Table laid the night before but in reality people will be milling about getting showered, dog walking and generally chilling and I am not precious enough to insist they sit at the table grin
Needs to be quite quick as we need to be at church for 11 but I am hoping to delay the bulk of the presents until after the pub church smile

I usually do bagels with bacon, mini cheese omelettes and ketchup grin

Last year coop had sachets of the stuff to go in wine to make mulled wine. I bought one but no idea where it went. I like the idea of mulled cider but never tried it.

WhoKnowsWhereTheBonnetsGo Sun 13-Oct-13 20:30:07

We don't have lunch between 2 and 3 either. Last year we did toast or cereal for breakfast instead of the croissants (the DCs are creatures of habit and said they didn't want croissants) then had some little nibbles (canape type things) at abut 12 to tide us over. No evening meal, just a few crackers and cheese and a mince pie mid evening.

missmargot Sun 13-Oct-13 21:34:13

We usually have Bucks Fizz and croissants but this year I've developed an obsession with baked French toast. It's referred to as 'breakfast cake' in our house and we only have it when we have guests or on special occasions so it may make its way onto the Christmas breakfast menu this year.

I use this recipe:

Elizabeth22 Sun 13-Oct-13 21:39:47

How about eggy bread (French toast) with maple syrup? You can make it with ordinary bread or you can use sliced loaf of brioche that you can get in Lidl. Basically you beat an egg and dip a slice of bread into it - then fry it in butter. It is delicious but even better with maple syrup.

lucysmam Sun 13-Oct-13 22:01:37

baked eggy bread and eggy bread both sound good too....I will have to do some lunchtime experimenting I think when no-one is around then try out on dp and the kids

lucysmam Sun 13-Oct-13 22:03:08

Dontmind thanks for the mulled wine recipe too, I'll have a go at that in advance for sure grin

fluffypillow Sun 13-Oct-13 22:18:32

I like the Sainsburys mulled wine. I just pour a glass and bung it in the microwave for 30 secs......job done!

Christmas morning breakfast is pancakes in our house too smile

Now the children are older, we have a full English breakfast, and don't have Christmas dinner til about 4.

other things we have had in the past : slices of ham and cheese in croissants before baking - delicious. Can also put mincemeat in croissants

Cranberry muffins

Various salmon dishes. But sounds like that's not what you want.

We have Buck's Fizz and crispy bacon croissants for breakfast.

PixieBumbles Sun 13-Oct-13 22:40:46

We have bucks fizz and eggs benedict for breakfast on Christmas Day. Bloody lovely it is too!

gallicgirl Sun 13-Oct-13 22:46:02

You can do mulled wine in slow cooker!

Lidl or Aldi are fine.

We have Bucks fizz with pain au chocolat. Try a farm shop for the frozen ones. Get them out night before then pop in oven Christmas morning.

My Daddy Cooks has great recipe for blueberry pancakes which is super easy.

WheresMeJumperOhNo Sun 13-Oct-13 23:17:21

We like warm mulled apple juice and a stollen bun for Christmas breakfast (plus lots of strong coffee!) The bun recipe is on BBC Good Food and you can make them up and freeze them ahead of time so they're freshly baked at breakfast.

BlueSkySunnyDay Sun 13-Oct-13 23:23:54

I love the Selsley mulled wine syrup here (usually around Christmas you can get it in Lakeland too)

Just add some to a bottle of red (we use Merlot) - actually you have just reminded me I was going to try making some mulled cider with it.

I don't save it for Christmas grin

BlueSkySunnyDay Sun 13-Oct-13 23:25:40

As for "how to" the proportions are on the bottle - basically syrup, wine - stick in a saucepan and heat!!!

Also great in a thermos mug for bonfire night.

TessTackle Sun 13-Oct-13 23:27:09

Not read all replies but my family have always bought 2 or 3 Italian fruit panettone and had that with butter and Buck's Fizz . It's a tradition I've carried on with my DD so we were both v excited to see sainsburys and Iceland have stocked their panettone already smile

BlueSkySunnyDay Sun 13-Oct-13 23:33:38

I am the world's worst pancake maker! I do try but they're just not good

I'd have said the same a few years ago but thanks to a DS who wants them every weekend I am now a dab hand.

A proper crepe pan helps like this makes a big difference. along with using 1 cal Fry light spray oil.

Sometimes I make batches and freeze them (so a possibility for Christmas day!)

lade Mon 14-Oct-13 01:17:01

Yes. M&S Mulled Wine is fab. I drink a ton of it at Christmas blush. The co-op mulled wine is not bad either.

Christmas morning: We have bucks fizz (Again M&S do a good bottle), croissants and American pancakes with maple syrup. We finish off the champagne over Christmas lunch.

Oh and we have to have port for after Christmas lunch.

Tea is always a cheese board with nice biscuits / breads and this is accompanied with Port.

I'm not painting myself in a good light, am I !?!

lucysmam Mon 14-Oct-13 08:10:27

ooh, more ideas....I'm going to be busy in the kitchen trying everything out grin

Quite like the idea of breakfast muffins & doing the prep the day before.

lucysmam Mon 14-Oct-13 08:11:26

Stollen buns sound good too grin

Decisions, decisions!

normally we have pain au chocolat, croissaints and scrambled duck eggs on toast. last year we had the pain au chocolat and croissants but i made a huge fruit salad and we had that instead of scramble. it was much better, plenty of energy and not as filling. we have posh coffee, orange juice and bucks fizz with breakfast.

StupidFlanders Mon 14-Oct-13 09:24:38

We're like cherryMonster:
Croissants (savoury fillings), pain au chocolat and fruit salad with champagne.

SunnyRandall Mon 14-Oct-13 19:38:23

Nigella's christmas morning muffins are gorgeous.

chirpchirp Mon 14-Oct-13 19:38:40

I did eggs Benedict one year pre DC. We were stuffed for the whole morning and didn't really fancy having the starter of Christmas dinner.

Last year I made cinnamon honey butter and just served it on toast which was delicious but I like the idea of croissants so might have it on them this year.

Last year DS was two and I decided to start a tradition. Every Christmas morning along with his presents he will be presented with a home made gingerbread house that he can demolish and devour whilst ripping open presents.

Not a big fan of mulled wine myself, kir royals for breakfast though yum! In the process of making Christmas pudding vodka. Serve that with ice cream soda, it's amazing and this year I've ordered some gingerbread syrup, the kind you put in coffee, nigella says a squirt of that in a glass of champagne or prosecco is like Christmas in a glass.

I bloody love Christmas.

Dilidali Mon 14-Oct-13 20:32:07

Croissants, orange juice, big pot of coffee
But I love the idea of freezing pancakes smile

This year I found a big bag of frozen french pastries in Lidl. So the plan is to put them in the oven and continue with opening presents. I'm also keeping an eye on frozen croissants.

I don't know about you, but in my house it takes forever to open presents, and I am not allowed to take a break, I have to watch DD, we take turns in opening etc. often it is an hour or so before I actually get to drink a sip of coffee. So this year I am filing a jug of orange juice and put it in the fridge, leave the jam, chocolate etc on the tray in the living room, put coffee in the cafettiere and water in the kettle, all I am going to need is max 1minute... They can wait one minute, can't they?

VikingVagine Mon 14-Oct-13 20:33:42

Love the idea of gingerbread to munch on!

BaconAndAvocado Mon 14-Oct-13 20:58:19

Another high 5 for smoked salmon and cream cheese on bagels here, served with Buck's Fizz obviously

Would love to find a nice Xmas brekkie idea for kids though smile

mumtoone1 Mon 14-Oct-13 21:01:39

Ham and Cheese Croissants, Pain Au Chocolat and bucks fizz.

For those asking i get the frozen part baked croissants and pain au chocolats from the freezer isle in Sainsburys. 2 for 3 mix and match smile

lucysmam Mon 14-Oct-13 21:04:26

Gingerbread house to munch on sounds fun! I like the frozen pastries idea too.....think I may need a second freezer at this rate confused

LidlAngel Mon 14-Oct-13 21:10:21

Bottle of red, slosh of OJ, slosh of water, slosh of brandy, a sliced up orange and a couple of those "mulled wine" tea bag type things. Lovely. Breakfast? Brioche and coffee.

I made Mulled Wine once (many years ago) - it smelled lovely but it was rough grin
I don't drink alcohol IRL (mainly because I'm the only driver) so I tend not to have a drink even at Christmas.

I always love the idea of a nice Christmas Breakfast but it never works,

On Christmas Eve we have toast, jam/marmalade , coffee and orange juice.Christmas Eve meal at lunchtime

Christmas Day we have coffee, not much else (but lots of Christmas Selection Box blush )

Boxing Day we have a big fried breakfast and a late dinner (last year homemade pizza)

Dilidali Mon 14-Oct-13 22:03:37

mumtoone1 thank you for the tip.

PandaG Mon 14-Oct-13 22:31:28

Aldi's Gluhwein (mulled wine) is good and about £5 a bottle.

Christmas breakfast - homecooked gammon ham, sausage rolls, bread and butter. Don't know why but traditional breakfast in my family since I was tiny.

Editededition Tue 15-Oct-13 04:21:47

Selection of fresh cooked danish pastries, here, plus first slice of the Christmas cake, for devotees.....washed down with tea/coffee, as this is usually quite early in the present opening stage.
Later in the morning, Bucks Fizz with Berry&Marzipan muffins.

fuzzpig Tue 15-Oct-13 09:51:02

Can't advise on the mulled wine <euuwwwww> but for breakfast last year we had pancakes with a choice of toppings. Nutella, nuts, whipped cream, fruit etc.

DD actually said the other day "I love Christmas because we have pancakes for breakfast" so I think it's become a tradition smile

VikingVagine Tue 15-Oct-13 13:38:16

Has anyone got a good recipe for fluffy American pancakes?

Editededition Tue 15-Oct-13 13:52:27

I cheat slightly (so not truly poncey!) but have not found a recipe to better buying Bisquick and using the recipe on the back!
I have a lot of family in the US - so have eaten my fair share of home-cooked American pancakes........IMO this mix does the job exceedingly well grin

Prices & availability here

I use mulled wine spice packets and a cheap red to make mine. Pop both into a pan and heat up.

Champagne (or Cava, or Prosecco) with OJ is nice too.

I love having fresh cinnamon rolls with icing on Xmas morning. grin My brother and I used to do this for our parents when we got old enough to use the oven - Pillsbury in the USA made it very easy for a couple of kids to do Last year, I made a batch from scratch.

ScarerAndFuck Tue 15-Oct-13 16:22:32

We usually toast half a roll or bagel, then spread it with soft cheese and top it with salmon trimmings and a poached egg.

You can cheat the poached egg by breaking one into a cup and microwaving it for 30 seconds.

We have it with fresh orange juice or a very small glass of bucks fizz and it's surprisingly filling, so good for if you have a late in the day Christmas dinner.

VikingVagine Tue 15-Oct-13 18:50:52

Mulled wine is only really nice if you use really nice wine (which makes sense). If you have spices at home you can make your own mix using whole and grond spices, if you don't, then it might be cheaper to buy ready made mixes.

lucysmam Tue 15-Oct-13 21:15:49

I picked up some of the 'tea bag' bags of mulled wine in Sainsburys today to try over the weekend (so will have to invest in wine now grin )....

Still no closer to having a clue for brekky though confused ....need a day when we're all here to do some experimenting! I may even try pancakes again although I am partial to eggs, bacon, muffins, pastry and most things mentioned grin

Spice bags are fine, but you really have to add sugar. I don't take sugar in anything but mulled wine needs it.

Editededition Tue 15-Oct-13 23:53:02

......and sliced oranges!! grin

jennymac Wed 16-Oct-13 22:00:52

We have pancakes or waffles with maple syrup and bacon. Last year went for scrambled eggs and salmon but did't enjoy it as much.

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