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Zucchini Cakes for Breakfast

Zucchini Cakes for Breakfast

I have discovered out that my zucchini cakes make a great cook-ahead item for breakfast.

I’m having some food allergies and other health issues, so wheat is off the menu for the time being. That means I needed an alternative to toast or biscuits to sop up my eggs yolks. The zucchini cakes are perfect, and I like them better than hash browns. I heat two in the oven topped with some butter, and serve them topped with fried eggs.
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Mini Quiche

Mini Quiche

I have never been a big quiche fan, but I needed something I could make ahead and heat up in the mornings for a quick and easy breakfast. I do not put cheese in these when I cook them, but I put shredded cheddar in the bowl with my quiche when I eat it. I also top it with a little homemade ranch dressing and nutritional yeast.

Eggs

Green onions
Bacon
Spinach
Parsley
Tomatoes

You’ll bake these in a muffin tin. Grease it thoroughly or use the little paper liners! A dozen eggs will make 12 mini quiche, but you can make smaller batches if you want.

Beat the eggs in a bowl. Chop up the spinach, green onions, parsley, and tomatoes. I use bacon bits made from real bacon so I don’t have to bother with cooking and cutting up the bacon. Toss the bacon and veggies together in a bowl, and try to get them evenly distributed.

Ladle the eggs into the muffin tin, filling each spot about halfway. Add your other ingredients to each until you have used them all up. Bake at 325 until fully cooked. I checked mine often, and I think it took 20 or 30 minutes, but the recipes I have read call for shorter cooking times. I don’t know what the deal is with that, so keep checking and DO NOT let them burn!

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Bacon, Eggs, and Strawberries Tonight

Bacon, Eggs, and Strawberries Tonight

I did not have the time or, more importantly, the inspiration to really cook tonight (yes, even I sometimes feel uninspired about food). Rather than resort to thawing out leftovers that sound less than appetizing at the moment, I decided that we would have bacon, fried eggs, and fresh strawberries.

It feels decadent, fulfilling, and almost exotic. Yet, it is so easy and requires no forethought. The eggs are very nice locally raised eggs, and the strawberries are frighteningly flavorful for this time of year.

It has that special occasion meal kind of feeling about it. Just more proof that no time of day is the wrong time of day for breakfast food. Give it a try!

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Breakfast of All Saints

Breakfast of All Saints

I have been meaning to post this since November. I thought I better get off my butt and post it now because some of you will probably think this is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and we had a very nice celebration last year, but one day is just not enough for such a great holiday. So, we decided to have a special breakfast the next day. Catholics celebrate All Saint’s Day the day after Halloween. That’s a long story that I explained very briefly in the Halloween, 2005 issue of the newsletter before it became a blog. Here is the breakfast:

Chocolate Covered Brie and Strawberries
Champagne
More strawberries or raspberries or both

The extra berries go in your glass with the champagne. We used raspberry champagne, and it was wonderful!

Chocolate Covered Brie and Strawberries

6.5oz goat brie wheel (or wedge)
16oz frozen strawberries (thawed)
2 cups semi-sweet choc (1 package)
¾ cup heavy cream
2 or 3 cloves garlic
1 ½ teaspoon butter
French bread

Slice garlic and place on a small baking sheet. Cover garlic with the butter (cut into small pieces or slices). Broil on top rack until the garlic browns. Watch it very closely; this only takes a couple of minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Place the brie in the center of a pie dish (I leave the rind, but you can try to cut it off if you want). Surround with the strawberries and their juice.

Melt chocolate chips and cream together in a double boiler stirring constantly (be sure to scrape the sides and bottom as you stir). Add garlic and butter to the chocolate and pour over brie and strawberries. Serve immediately with hunks of bread.

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Baked Eggs & Toast

Baked Eggs & Toast

This is a very easy breakfast or snack.

2 eggs
¼ cup milk
Butter
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Onion powder
1 slice toast

Preheat oven to 325. Butter ramekin or small baking dish. Pour in milk. Add eggs. Add spices. Baked for about 15 minutes, until whites are set and yolk is still runny or just starting to get firm. Remove to a bowl and serve with toast.

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Black-eye Pea Patties

Black-eye Pea Patties

These are so versatile. They are similar to an African dish called akara, also known as accra, akara, akla, binch akara, bean balls, kosai, koose, kose, koosé, or kwasi.

I usually serve these in one of two ways – as veggie burgers with hummus and sprouts or with fried eggs and topped with maple syrup. The Worcestershire sauce is optional, but definitely a plus if you are making veggie burgers.

Black-eyed peas (dry)
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Worcestershire sauce
Flour (spelt if you have it)
Baking powder
Salt
Coconut oil or bacon grease

Soak the dried peas for 8 hours, overnight, or longer. If you soak them for a long time, drain and rinse them occasionally. If you sprout them, it’s even better for you! Most recipes for akara say you should rub the peas together between your hands and remove the husks. I have worked hard at this and never got them all off. The last time I made this I decided not to bother. I couldn’t tell the difference. It’s up to you.

Put the soaked, uncooked peas in the food processor with just a little water and process into a pancake batter consistency. Add the rest of your ingredients and process until thoroughly blended. Heat a good amount of oil or grease in a skillet on medium high. Use about ½ cup of batter for each patty. I use a soup ladle to pour the batter in the pan. Brown and flip. You will probably need to add more oil after flipping. They really soak it up. Brown the other side, and they’re done!

Be careful when you flip the patties. The last time I made these, when I flipped one of the hot batter and grease squirted out of the pan on me! You will be using enough oil or grease for some popping and splattering, so you might want to wear protective gear. A full radiation suit would be overkill.

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Chocolate Covered Brie and Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Brie and Strawberries

This is my current favorite dessert. It’s more substantial than most desert foods, and very easy to make (much easier than baking a cake!) it makes a nice breakfast or appetizer. I use frozen strawberries because they are quick and easy and I know they will be ripe and flavorful. I DO NOT use the sweetened frozen berries, but you could if it isn’t sweet enough for you. raspberries would be good, too.

6.5oz goat brie wheel (or wedge)
16oz frozen strawberries (thawed)
2 cups semi-sweet choc (1 package)
¾ cup heavy cream
2 or 3 cloves garlic
1 ½ teaspoon butter
French bread

Slice garlic and place on a small baking sheet. Cover garlic with the butter (cut into small pieces or slices). Broil on top rack until the garlic browns. Watch it very closely; this only takes a couple of minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Place the brie in the center of a pie dish (I leave the rind, but you can try to cut it off if you want). Surround with the strawberries and their juice.

Melt chocolate chips and cream together in a double boiler stirring constantly (be sure to scrape the sides and bottom as you stir). Add garlic and butter to the chocolate and pour over brie and strawberries. Serve immediately with hunks of bread.

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Bacon Roasted Apple Bites – A Breakfast Treat

Bacon Roasted Apple Bites – A Breakfast Treat

Wow! I just discovered this wonderful, very easy breakfast delight!

In the evening:

Slice an apple or two into wedges
Wrap each wedge in a piece of bacon (I used about 1/3 slice of bacon for each wedge, my wedges were fairly small)
Secure ends with toothpicks
Freeze

In the morning:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Place apple slices on a cookie sheet and bake about 15 minutes (or until bacon is done to your liking)

This was great alone, and would perfectly compliment eggs. Next time I am going to try it with a little cream cheese and drizzled with maple syrup. It’s great if you want something for breakfast without trying to cook first thing in the morning, and would make a great snack any time of day!

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