Kitchen Essentials for a Holiday Breakfast

Like many people, it has always been a Christmas morning tradition in my family to have a big hearty breakfast. There is always tons of pancakes, a lot of bacon, fruit, and orange juice! Here at Cilantro The Cooks Shop,...

Like many people, it has always been a Christmas morning tradition in my family to have a big hearty breakfast. There is always tons of pancakes, a lot of bacon, fruit, and orange juice! Here at Cilantro The Cooks Shop, we carry all of the essential tools for your Christmas morning feast.

Lodge Square Cast Iron Griddle
Lodge Square Cast Iron Griddle

The Lodge 12-inch Square Cast Iron Griddle is a must have for big breakfasts. With its guaranteed even heating, perfect pancakes, eggs, or french toast can be prepared with ease. The flat surface and dual handle grill allow for less mess and keep your hands safe from your stove top's heat. This griddle is also a handy serving tool with its long handle and non stick qualities.

Lodge Reversible Griddle
Lodge Reversible Griddle

Another amazing product from Lodge is the Double Play Reversible Grill Griddle. For grilling many food items at once there is a smooth side for eggs, pancakes or French toast and a ribbed side for grilling meats and fish. The ribbed surface keeps the grease and extra juices off the food and allows for easier clean up.

If your family’s favorite special breakfasts include omelets but you have not been able to find the right pan to make them, well look no further! At www.cilantrocooks.com we have the Norpro Cast Iron Skillet. It is just the right size for eggs, hash browns, omelets and pancakes.

Norpro Cast Iron Skillet
Norpro Cast Iron Skillet

Another option for preparing the perfect omelet is the Cuisinox Elite Excalibur Open Fry Pan. With its sloped sides and size it is an ideal omelet fry pan. The patented “Excalibur” non-stick coating allows you to cook with little or no fat. The interior has an 18/10 stainless steel finish which means there is very little mess and clean up required. All Cuisinox products come with a 25-year limited warranty.

Cuisinox Open Fry Pan Excalibur
Cuisinox Open Fry Pan Excalibur

Bread and rolls are generally a staple breakfast food, and, if bought uncut you want to have a nice quality bread knife to make the perfect slice every time. At www.cilantrocooks.com we carry several knife brands, however, for this task you might want to consider the Wusthof Classic Bread Knife. Wusthof knives are made of a forged single piece of high carbon steel, making them tough and have along durability and remarkable sharpness. For professional quality the Wusthof Classic 23cm Bread Knife is the right choice.

Wusthof 23cm Classic Bread Knife
Wusthof 23cm Classic Bread Knife

Make your own biscuits for the table using the Fox Run 3-piece Biscuit Cutters.  The set of 3 round tinplated steel cutters are ideal for creating classic deep biscuits or for cutting out scones and pastries.

We know how important it is to have light and fluffy scrambled eggs and so here at www.cilantrocooks.com we carry a variety of whisks that have been designed to ensure you have the perfect whipped eggs, sauces, meringues or whipping cream for your family meal. The Cuisipro 10-inch Steel Balloon Whisk is an 8 wire whisk, is durable and light; or the Cuisipro Silicone Egg Whisk which consists of 5 silicone wrapped stainless steel wires and is heat resistant up to 750 degrees F. Available in blue or red, Cuisipro products are a welcome addition to any kitchen.

When you have high quality non-stick cookware you do not want to ruin it with scratches and scrapes, so at www.cilantrocooks.com we recommend a RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Silicone Spatula is heat safe up to 400 degrees, is thin and flexible, comes in small, medium or large and a variety of colors. Also, from RSVP is the Jumbo Flexible Spatula with a sturdy stainless steel angled handle, it makes lifting larger or heavier food items easier.

Instead of buying juice in a bottle or carton why not make your own fresh squeezed. It tastes better and it is healthier! The team at www.cilantrocooks.com wants to help make this task a little easier by offering a couple innovative, easy-to-use tools. From Zyliss the All Citrus Juicer is perfect for squeezing oranges, lemons and limes of all sizes. It is designed to enable countertop use for added leverage, and the detachable juicing cup has an integrated pouring spout. The base is non-slip so there are no sticky messes and the juicer comes apart and reassembles easily for cleaning.

Once again from our friends at Cuisipro an innovative and ergonomically comfortable tool, the Cuisipro Citrus Juicer works for oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. The ergonomic angle allows for easy fruit rotation and maximum juice extraction. A small or large reamer and rotating pulp selector to choose your preference, and built in slots to catch the seeds.

A lot of people like to have fresh fruit on pancakes or as a garnish with their meal. Strawberries are generally a very popular choice. We have a unique tool at www.cilantrocooks.com that allows you to slice fresh strawberries in seconds. The Chef’n Strawberry Slicester Hand Held Slicer is easy and safe to use. Just hold it over a bowl, plate, glass, etc. and the stainless steel stay sharp blades will do the work, making perfect slices and very little mess.

As nice as it would be to claim everything on your breakfast table Christmas morning was all made by you, realistically, who has the time! By offering some homemade food products here at www.cilantrocooks.com you can still have the comfort and tradition of homemade and it only takes a few minutes on line!

Proudly made right here in Nova Scotia are Helen B’s Preserves. With such delicious flavors as Cinnamon Pear Jam,Orange Peach Marmalade, and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam generously spread onto a warm biscuit or scone.

Also, proudly made in Nova Scotia is 100% pure and natural Maplewood Farm Maple Syrup. Available in 3 sizes and also in Maple Butter form is absolutely the most delicious choice to top pancakes, waffles or French toast. Finally, of course, on a cold December morning a warm cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is a perfect ending to a big breakfast.

At www.cilantrocooks.com the tea, coffee and chocolate items and accessories we have are many. Therefore this blog will continue with a second part, devoted entirely to the world’s most popular hot beverages.