Hope that everyone had a great Christmas!
Thank crunchie for yoga pants - they are the perfect attire during the holiday season with marathon meal sessions. I plan to pry myself away from the telly and my tin of Roses chocolates to make a Boxing Day Fry Up.
I love to cook, but my commute and ten hour days puts a damper on meal preparation. When I come home during the week I want something FAST! So when I get the opportunity to spend time making a meal, I like to make an event out of it (as you can see from some of my previous blog posts) complete with cocktails and music.
On Christmas Day, I pretty much make enough food to feed a small army. Yesterday I cooked a turkey AND a ham, plus all of the trimmings and I loved every minute of it.
However, if I'm totally honest, the meal that I really look forward to during the holiday season is the annual Boxing Day Fry Up. I fry the left over ham and make a big, heaping batch of "Bubble and Squeak" out of left over mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts.
Every U.K. resident, descendant and ex-pat has their own take on Bubble and Squeak, but the main ingredients are always potato and cabbage. The name is suppose to refer to the sound that the ingredients make when they are being fried - however, I think it suppose to refer to the sounds that you make after digestion.
The Lassie's Boxing Day Bubble and SqueakLeftover mashed potatoes
Leftover brussel sprouts - chopped
Leftover stuffing (optional)
Leftover vegetables (this year I threw in roasted parsnips)
1/2 onion chopped
1 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp butter or margarine
Heat 1 tbsp of butter (or margarine) in a large frying pan or skillet. Add chopped onion and brussel sprouts for one - two minutes. Remove from pan and place in a large bowl. Add the mashed potatoes, paprika and stuffing and misc. left over vegetables (if using) . Mix until thoroughly combined. Heat remaining tbsp of butter (or margarine) until very hot. Add mixture turning occasionally.
Serve with HP Sauce and fried ham.
To accompany our fry up, we had a lovely Kahlua Peppermint Mocha latte.
Now you have a good base in you to go out and hit the Boxing Day sales! Myself, I plan to return to the telly and my Roses.