Mine is one of those families that don’t cook a huge turkey on Christmas Day. It’s this idea that turkey is not the best meat; it can tend to be a bit dry and uninteresting at the best of times. Instead we have a rib of beef with all the trimmings and sometimes a small crown of turkey.
It is however Boxing Day when we really come into our own. This is the day I look forward to most. A more relaxed day by definition: less stress and expectation, less people to feed and less actual cooking.
So here, for all you keen readers, is what we had to eat this Boxing Day passed:
Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs on Wholemeal toast.
The Main Lunch:
Mussels in White Wine, Cream and Parsley Sauce
Shucked Oysters with Tabasco Sauce
Fillets of Peppered Mackerel
Brown Bread & Butter
6 Bottles Chilled Muscadet
The day after Christmas, the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day. The term may come from the opening of church poor boxes that day; maybe from the earthenware boxes with which boy apprentices collected money at the doors of their masters' clients.
Nowadays, we often see, in certain families, gifts (boxes) given to those who provide services throughout the year.