Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Day 2011

For the past couple of years our SIL: sister-in-law has been hosting our Family dinner, usually after work, on a work day so as to leave our Christmas day free of responsibilities. So again this year our family meal was scheduled for Christmas Eve December 24th

It's a long story but as a family (for nearly 2 decades) we have agreed not to exchange Gifts (children excluded) so we have nothing to buy for anyone except for ourselves, if we decided that we needed anything of importance. It is nice to escape the hustle bustle of the commercialized Christmas season. We have gotten out of the habit of decorating our home and have not put up a tree for more years than I can remember.

With our family dinner out of the way, there was nothing to do on Christmas Day except to try out the only gift we received this year, a PoachPod, from the greatest blogging couple on the West Coast.


I normally poach my eggs free form in a shallow frying pan, with these silicone pods you crack your eggs into the pod and let them float in the boiling water


we also had some left-over salmon from the other day


so I cut a few small pieces. After you float the pods you put the cover over your pot to hold in the heat. I also have a small saucer with melting butter, and plates being preheated as I don't like to put hot food on COLD plates


I try to keep an eye on the poaching eggs as I like the yolks a bit runny, but the whites solid, so these are nearly ready


My hollandaise sauce is getting too much heat, I turn the gas down to simmer and add the butter slowly, and then add the juice from one small lemon, constantly stirring the whole time . I love my new GAS stove as it has instant heat control


I lightly toast my english muffins and then start to assemble our Christmas breakfast. I add the poached eggs, top with our left over salmon (slightly heated in the microwave to take off the chill), and top with generous drizzles of freshly home-made hollandise sauce, accompanied with a glass of orange juice.

Christmas Breakfast: Salmon benedict

As I said, an uneventful day. Dinner was comprised of left-over turkey from last night reheated


  1. Sounds like a perfect Christmas Day and that breakfast makes me hungry.

  2. Might have to get some of them things they look like a great idea.

  3. Bob those eggs look so yummy! I think I need to find some of those poaching pods, I hate cleaning up the mess of poached eggs. Your Christmas sounds like it was relaxing.

  4. Really, you've got to take your cooking on the road. I can see it now on the Food network, Bobskoot gourmet cooking adventure from two wheels ... or something to that end. Looks good enough to eat.

  5. Greatest blogging couple..... now you're making me blush....... jumping on the bandwagon like that

    Hooray, it looks like the poaching pods worked. We thought of you when we saw them, but were worried they might not work.

    Happy New Year.

  6. happy holidays bob and mrs skoot! damn now im hungry

  7. A belated Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. Scoot, Bob. It sounds like you and your family have struck the right balance of tradition, holiday spirit, and low stress. I think next year Gromit and I are going to your house.

  8. Ah, it's finally gone from your 'new' gas stove to just GAS. It's bound do happen. I'm still painfully envious. The burners in europe (Germany) appear to be all thick and electric. The heat is slow in coming and once it arrives it stays forever. It's taken more than one burned item to gain a (half) understanding.

    I like your gifting method. I used to tell people that I was giving them the gift of not needing to buy me a gift. They would buy me gifts anyway and I would feel bad. It's not perfect all the time.

    Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

  9. hi there ,

    And yum all there is to say.

    happy new year!


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