Love these calm morning moments, when the house is still sleepy, there is mist laying above the river and the sky is announcing a warm and soft sunlight. With my pyjamas, sweater and socks on I’m strolling through the rooms. Normally my husband is already for a walk near the lake with our dog Pelle, and the rest of the family is still in bed. I love sitting by the Christmas tree, while time seems to stand still so peacefully, with a hot cup of coffee and a piece of my curd bread with yeast. One of my favorite food blogs is Honeytanie with Tanya, a London based freelance food photographer and stylist. Here are her delicious breakfast ideas for Christmas:
Tanya: “Breakfast is the main thing during the day for me and Christmas is the most loved and comfortable period. I try to make my breakfasts warming because of these early dark and rainy mornings in London. I want to feel homely so make a lot of simple things like porridge, crumble…simple and comfortable. At the Christmas period I use seasonal oranges, apples, bananas my adored persimmons and a lot of spices and chocolate of course to make my simple breakfasts more delicious. Apple-cinnamon crumble and spiced porridge with bananas are my favourite I could say. ” Tanya’s Christmas Granola is mixed with cranberries, ginger, walnuts and cinnamon. You can vary the granola with dark chocolate chips or lemon, suggests Tanya.
Tanya worked 10 years as a TV director, realizing one day that food really makes her happy. Now she combines two of her passions in her professional work – food and photography. Especially baking makes me happy too and I love English scones for breakfast or tea, my grandmother did them. Tanya: “English scones are little buns which are usually served with tea. I think freshly baked scones are great little treats for afternoon tea or perfect company for our breakfast, moreover they are so easy to prepare and use ingredients you probably have in your kitchen anytime”.
Tanya: “When I was eight years old I loved the kitchen room much more than my own bedroom, because my mom’s cookbooks were stored there. I didn’t like to read difficult recipes (I didn’t understand all those words then), but I liked to get seated into my favourite cozy armchair and watch pictures in these books again and again, while listening to the sounds of cooking. Those quite old books contained some colourful pages with pictures of sweets. I so loved these books! I was looking through every detail on those pictures. ”
At Christmas we prefer our own self-made plum jam for breakfast. The opening of one precious jar is always a magic moment. Tanya: “I’ve made jam while thinking about cold autumn and winter days. Nothing is better for me then a cup of a hot tea or coffee with a flavorous jam when I feel sick. A raspberry jam reminds me about my childhood. My mum used to make a classic jam, she boiled it for many hours until jam became dark red in colour and had very rich raspberry taste with amazing flavour. It was my favourite jam to eat in winter.”
Tanya: “I like making recipes which my mum used to make many years ago for my own family. Isn’t it magical?” Oh yes, it is. I love the baking utensil I still have from my grandmother and I’m proud of the cookbook my mother wrote for me by hand. I’m doing one for my son, too.
Tanya’s advice: “Christmas is the time when you always have loads of food at home so it is also the best time to make a breakfast with all those leftovers. Use bread to make french toasts or cheese leftovers and eggs for cheesy frittata…just improvise! Christmas is the season of improvisation for me I could say.” And Tanya can never say “no” to chocolate: “It is the best sweet thing for me ever. Every time when I’m choosing what to order in a cafe – a cheesecake or a brownie – the latter always win. The same happens in my kitchen – I like to experiment with my old favourite recipes adding chocolate or cocoa.”
I`m a little bit in love with Tanya’s awesome blog Honeytanie, you will find there many recipes all worth a try and pictures to dream with. Enjoy! Take good care of yourself guys! Melanie
© All pictures Honeytanie