Christmas is over and I’m rolling myself out of bed and out the door every morning to get to work (begrudgingly of course). Is it normal for one’s clothes to be THIS tight after the holidays?! As in, the band of my skirt is cutting off blood flow to my lower extremities unless I hike that baby up to indecent heights? Hmmm….
It may have something to do with this:
and most definitely this:
These aren’t even all the deliciously decadent and fattening meals I’ve enjoyed since I started holiday feasting on December 21st. I’m still
over indulging. That’s what January is for, right? The time when earnest, well-meaning and often short-lived determination to start exercising and dieting sets in. Psssshhhhh (that’s my sound for disbelief and disgust). As IF that’s going to happen for me.
To make up for my holiday-induced hiatus this past week, I figured I’d share with you a few items I made for my Annual Day of Baking held on Boxing Day. For non-Canadians, this falls every year on December 26th, which is our version of America’s Black Friday (except without the fear for loss of life or limb). I don’t think I’ve gone Boxing Day shopping in at least 5 years. Why should I when the sales start in mid-October and last until the end of January? Plus, if it’s anything other than clothes you’re after, there’s something called the Internet. Check it out – you can actually (gasp) buy things on it from the comfort of your own home. It’s a Christmas miracle!
Ok, I’m being unnecessarily snarky here. There are many many
insane people who head out on Boxing Day to snag good deals. Me? I stay home where it’s cosy, blast Christmas music and bake sweet treats for all of my friends.
On the menu:
The amazing molasses chocolate ginger cookies that I previously made from Averie’s recipe.
Easy peasy rolls filled with Nutella:
and peanut butter and chocolate chips:
I got this idea from Averie Cooks of course – this woman is a domestic goddess! She made them recently with Pillsbury crescent rolls, Nutella, cinnamon and a vanilla glaze – see here for her post.
I used Pillsbury crescent roll dough, rolled it out on my counter, slathered as much peanut butter as I wanted, sprinkled it with chocolate chips and cut the dough into strips 2 inches wide. Rolled them up, placed them in a buttered dish and baked for about 15 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. So easy, soooooo good.
For something savoury so that people wouldn’t overdose on sugar, I made a breakfast casserole based on this recipe from Savory Sweet Life.
The beauty about this recipe is that it’s totally adaptable, you prep it the night before and simply pop it into the oven the morning.
1 package of mild sausage (I was afraid I didn’t have enough so I added the meat from two pork sausages)
1/2 onion, chopped
frozen tater tots (enough to cover the bottom of your casserole)
1 loaf of French bread, cut into 2 inch cubes
3 cups of grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
In a medium skillet, brown the onion. Add the sausage and cook until the sausage is no longer pink. Grease a 9×13 casserole dish. Cover the bottom of the casserole dish with an even layer of tater tots, followed next by a layer of bread cubes. Spoon the sausage and onion over the bread and cover with an even layer of cheese.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, milk, mustard, salt and pepper. Drizzle the egg mixture over the top of the casserole. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. When the oven is ready, remove the plastic wrap and bake for 1 hour.
This casserole was crazy good. Of course, Alice Currah is a genius in the kitchen so I had no doubt that it would be. I didn’t take any pictures of what it looked like inside because it was immediately attacked by my friends like a swarm of locusts. I don’t blame them – only a person without taste buds could resist this dish. It’s layer upon heavenly heart-clogging layer of fatty, carby, meaty goodness, smothered in a crapload of melted cheese, and bound together by a savoury, eggy custard.
There’s one more recipe I want to share from my baking day but that’ll just have to wait for another post.
I hope that your holidays have been as delicious as mine have been!