Friday, March 27, 2009

Food Friday: Breakfast

I've officially decided that I can't pick my favourite season.
I love summer, the heat, everything in full bloom, colourful, full schedules, late nights....
Then there's Fall which might actually be my favourite, that cool crisp air, new beginnings, I find Sept I'm more productive starting a new project than say Jan 1st. And the colours, ohhhh when the leaves change colours :)
Winter, I don't really enjoy being cold but boy do I love snow! Quiet nights, curled up in a blanket reading a good book or watching a movie. 
And now to today....spring! To be truthful it's probably my least favourite season, until this year. 
I love walking out the front door to hearing the birds chirping, the warmth in the air and longer daylight hours just puts a light 'hop' in my step. It get's me to thinking about summer days to come, summer visits with friends and family.....summer entertaining!
Yeah baby! I love summer entertaining. Mainly because hubby is the grill king and I the bbq junkie.
But it also means, overnight guests and the MOST important meal of the day breakfast.
Seriously breakfast is awesome and the options are endless.
I find when you have guests breakfast usually ends up being brunch. So without further ado, here are some ideas for breakfast / brunch for your summer entertaining.
 First for the big eaters....
Which includes:
2 eggs (fried, scrambled, boiled), 2 slices of toast, hashbrowns, and choice of bacon, sausage or ham. Or all three :)
Along with juice and tea/coffee
I consider this the dry breakfast cause no cooking required. This would be a spread of the following:
Bread, Bagels, Muffins and various Cereals.
I would recommend a few different variations of cream cheese (strawberry, herb & garlic, roasted red pepper & plain), various jams & other spreads (cheese whiz & peanut butter)
Along with milk, juice and tea/coffee
self creative and add blueberries or chocolate chips for new flavours
Have yourself or you significant other ready with a HOT frying pan or griddle
Let your guests pick one egg or two (or three) and then they tell you which "extras" they want added.
Some ideas:
Various meats: Ham, bacon, chicken....
Various shredded cheese: Mozza, cheddar....
Various veggies: Peppers, onions....
Mix well, fry and voila!
Oh how I love quiche.....I call it an omelete in a pie shell.
One of my many quiche recipes is as follows....
Shredded carrot
Ham or cooked Bacon
VERY finely chopped broccoli
Shredded cheddar cheese.
Mix well with a splash of cream, salt, pepper & chili flakes
Bake at 350 for approx 45 min.
**HINT** prepare everything the night before in a bowl. Cover and refridgerate.
In the morning, pre-heat oven. Poor mixture in a ready made pie shell and bake.
While baking, set your table, brew coffee, chase around the kids, etc.
Serve with orange slices & fresh strawberries/raspberries.
If you're not expecting guests this summer try one or two of these recipes this weekend.
Your tummy will thank you!
Today's Quote
There's no secret to getting started. You simply decide and then take your first step. With each subsequent step, the next one becomes easier...
~Tom Venuto

1 comment:

Angie said...

The best pancakes I have ever had is a recipe I saw on EverydaY Italian. Giada mixes about a cup or so of ricotta cheese into the batter. It's so good! Try it sometime - you'll never want ordinary pancakes again.