Category: Breakfast

Chocolate Sweet Potato Green Smoothie

My friends at NuNaturals have been hard at work making even more sweetening options for your sugar-free arsenal. They were more than generous to send up some new goodies for me to try out. I am particularly in love with the NuStevia Cocoa Syrup. The go-to is always going to be smoothies with their stuff. I just don’t eat too many things that require sugar or a substitute of some kind. There is a new baking blend that you’ll see at some point. I’m just debating what needs baking.

The chocolate syrup is just that — chocolatey and sweet. Perfect for drizzling on ice cream, in small doses because it does have that powerful stevia sweet, or making a mug of hot chocolate [in summer...that's normal right?]. The texture is silky, the cocoa very even handed, and it blends really well. The bottle it comes in makes for easy use too. I have yet to see it start to get clogged, which is more than I can say for a bottle of Hershey’s.

This smoothie not only utilizes the new chocolate syrup [so good!], but hemp hearts. I thought I’d try something new in my quest for added protein and omega 3′s. They smell earthy right out of the bag, but blend right into the green smoothie. I haven’t been able to get many ripe bananas, and I’m impatient, so I switched to sweet potato to give the smoothie some heft and some sweetness. The frozen little cubes in the freezer section are easily blended in the Vitamix. You could steam up some fresh ones too if you’re so inclined.

This is chocolatey and only a little sweet. The oats and vegetables bring down the sweetness, which is just fine with me. I’ve been downing one of these every morning for a few weeks now. It’s just that easy.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 heaping tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
  • 1 teaspoon NuStevia Cocoa Syrup or more if you want it sweeter
  • 1/3 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/4 cup frozen sweet potato cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Water, as needed for consistency

Preparation

Layer in the smoothie ingredients in the order above before blending until smooth.

Eggs and Roasted Asparagus over Polenta

The highlight of the weekend [besides seeing the lovely Lanny] was definitely stumbling upon an Italian ceramics warehouse [new espresso mugs, saucers, and a spoon rest] and finishing up SPQR. I read it cover to cover, and actually love it more for the wine information than the recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I’d gladly eat anything made from the book [squid ink linguine with braised squid, sea urchin, broccoli crema, and pan grattato please], but I am not going to be making a lot of it any time soon. The knowledge dropped on the wine was pretty expansive by region, but not super overwhelming. I like to think I’m pretty good with the Piedmonte and Tuscan regions, but that’s about it. There is the rest of the country to consider [trying to get back in 2014 for Southern Italy]. There are so many grapes, so many varietals, so much to be tasted. Did I start a list of wines to try on my phone so I can check the store next time I’m there? Absolutely. 

The rest of the weekend was pretty dang incredible. It’s culminated into one lazy Sunday, a batch of brownies cooling from the oven, and a bottle of wine about to be opened. I’d like to see the Timbers win on the road, too. That’d make it all a little sweeter. I’m eating brownies either way.

As expected I didn’t make a single meal at home this weekend, except for putting some cheese and charcuterie on the board. Sometimes that’s just not in the cards, and that’s totally okay. Pork cheeks, chèvre and strawberry-rhubarb jam ice cream, breakfast burritos, and a deli cobb salad with huge chunks of pastrami aren’t the type of things I make. I’ll gladly outsource.

I did make this for breakfast one weekend, though. It’s so, so easy. I’m convinced it takes just as long as it does to toast some bread, which I absolutely wasn’t feeling with my eggs. Living across from the fridge has serious perks. I can get local eggs, fresh asparagus, and a block of polenta in about the time it takes for my broiler to heat up. This really doesn’t take a whole lot of cooking; it’s more like assembly [except for the eggs]. If I hadn’t been so lazy, I’d have poached, but I just fried the egg so I got the oozy yolk any-damn-way.

Inspiration: Happyolks

Ingredients

  • 4-6 eggs [I had two, Andrew had three]
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, thick stalky ends trimmed off
  • 1lb tube of premade polenta [told you I was lazy]
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • pecorino romano
  • parsley, chopped fine

Preparation

Turn the broiler on high. Toss the asparagus on a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Make sure every piece is coated. I like to use my hands hear just to get it over with. Arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Broil in the oven for 5-7 minutes until the ends start to char. Set aside.

Cut the polenta into slices or cubes and toss it in a saucepan with 1/4 cup of broth and a healthy pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper. Heat it on medium high heat and stir to incorporate. As it heats, it’ll breakdown and absorb the water, smoothing it’s consistency. I ended up adding almost another 1/4 cup to get it to a thick paste. Add more water or broth if you’d like it thinner. Shave a bit of pecorino in there to melt as it cooks down.

Fry or poach your eggs to your degree of doneness. Arrange on a plate with the polenta first, topped by 1/3 of the asparagus, followed by 1-2 eggs. Top with the parsley and more shredded pecorino.

 

Creamed Leeks with Scrambled Eggs

I picked up a copy of SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine at the library. It makes me miss Italy so much. It makes me want to drink wine ALL THE TIME. It makes me wish I had access to things like rabbit liver and a pasta machine. I love really pretty cookbooks so much. They serve my coffee table proud. It helped inspire another lovely evening of Pinot Noir Reserve, prosciutto, a garlic romano baguette, pecorino romano cheese, robiola di langa due latte cheese, some sweet peppers and castelvetrano olives. Hea-ven. Eating like that never gets old. 

Spring is here which means one thing: I’ll start talking about going to the farmers market and go maybe twice. You know it’s going to happen. I’d like to hope I’ll go more than that, but I’m going to be realistic and not set the bar too high. Then I’ll impress myself. My Saturdays are sacred, y’know? They’ll start a Wednesday market by my office here soon, but that’ll cut into my gym-time. Priorities.

I did already go once a over Easter weekend to pick up the lamb, some eggs, some small potatoes, the most beautiful radishes I’ve ever eaten, and some leeks. I had been waiting for this moment ever since I’ve had my hands on The Sprouted Kitchen. This has to be one of the first recipes I fell in love with. I think it was its simplicity, yet taking a meal I love [breakfast] and elevating it to a classy new standard by implementing some slow cooked, creamed leeks. I was also intrigued by the method of cooking scrambled eggs that I most definitely didn’t master. I am impatient in the kitchen. Believe that.

I really, really wish I would have had real milk and not coconut milk for this one. It made everything far too sweet, despite using unsweetened coconut milk. It wasn’t bad, but just not what I was feeling for breakfast. I’m hardly ever a sweet person [unless it's the savory french toast at Radar smothered in real maple syrup]. They’re absolutely worth making though. I love leeks. I’ve only been loving on them in the last few years. I never cook with them enough. I can’t get enough. Pile these leeks and eggs onto a piece of bread. Seriously.

Inspiration: The Sprouted Kitchen

Ingredients [for two]

  • 5 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 3 large leeks, white and light green parts cleaned, cut in half lengthwise, and sliced into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons coarsly chopped tarragon leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Preparation

Whisk together the eggs and one tablespoon of the milk until smooth and light. You really won’t feel any tension as you whisk.

Heat the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the leeks and a little bit of salt, stirring occasionally until the leeks are starting to brown. It should take nearly 15 minutes. Add the remaining four tablespoons of milk and tarragon, cooking it until the leeks soak up all of the milk. Turn off the heat and set them aside.

In a large nonstick pan, heat the olive oil on medium low. Whisk the eggs one more time before tilting the pan and letting the oil pool at the bottom. Pour the eggs directly into the oil before leveling out the pan. Leave the eggs alone and let them cook. When the bottom starts to set, push the cooked parts toward the center of the pan; the uncooked parts will run out and fill in the empty space. Keep doing this until the eggs are almost completely cooked. Turn off the heat, season with salt and pepper, and flip them one or two more times to finish cooking any remaining parts. Transfer the eggs to a plate with the creamed leeks and some toast.

Spiced Oat Pancakes

This morning was a breakfast fail, but I don’t care at all. It was too perfect of a morning to let it be ruined by it. The weather was cold but sunny. I was up by 8am. Roma and I laid in bed for nearly an hour, just relaxing, followed by a cup of blueberry tea while she searched for chased the sun. I was attempting to make some waffles, but I really have yet to make ANY good waffles with my waffle maker [user or machine? I can't tell]. It’s why I stick to pancakes. I don’t know why I thought this time would be any different, but I had to try. I still ate them in their mushy, mangled glory. The batter was good at least?

Laziness continued [and is continuing] on for the rest of the day. A walk to the dog park. A walk to the grocery store. Dog hair removal. Lots of music. Coconut bread in the oven. Reading. I like it.

So these pancakes I made a few weeks ago that were far superior to the waffles of this morning. These are the pancakes that finally inspired me to buy some maple syrup. The texture is pretty dense and cake, not your light, fluffy stuff. I liked them, though. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are a flavor combination I can hardly say no to, even as we begin spring. That must explain why I had pumpkin green smoothies last week.

Inspiration: Food.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Run the rolled oats in your blender or a food processor to turn it into flour. No need to buy anything special. Pour the flour into a medium sized bowl. Whisk in the remaining dry ingredients.

Measure the milk in a large measuring cup. Whisk in the egg and vanilla until smooth. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir gently until combined.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Spray with oil or 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Pour about a 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan. Let it sit and sizzle until bubbles form across the body of the pancake and the edges dry out. Flip. Continue until the sizzling has mostly stopped.

Keep warm in an oven or eat as they come off the pan. Drizzle with syrup and a sprinkle of coarse sugar.

Huevos Rancheros

Another amazing, ‘not a date‘ with Jenny for the books. Has it seriously been since June, Jenny? Wow. We went to The Woodsman Tavern. I’m in love with the space. Dark. Brick. Kinda old school country, but not in a western kind of way. All I can say is cedar-steeped Campari, domestic ham plate, brussels and sunchokes with anchovy vinaigrette, the best grilled pork chop, and meyer lemon cream pie. Holy freakin’ delicious. Go there. Take me. Thanks.

Sometimes I need something other than an egg sandwich on the weekend. That’s usually the go-to in the house. If I’m eating breakfast out, I’m getting the craziest thing on the menu, so those middle of the road breakfasts are the things that miss my affection. That’s unfortunate. There is so much good breakfast food, it’s hard for a girl to choose.

Huevos rancheros are definitely not something I’d order when I’m out, and I really don’t have a reason. Maybe it’s because I don’t usually think Mexican food when I think breakfast [unless it's a breakfast burrito from Gonzales Taqueria]? Maybe it’s because I don’t see them a lot on menus? They’re good, though. I mean, is it really possible to have a bad one? It’s a simple combination of flavors coming together on a crunchy tortilla. The star of these huevos is the black bean mash. I’m a sucker for refried black beans, and these are just like it, only not fried. Bacon grease doesn’t hurt either. 

PS – I paid $2 for this avocado by the way. I wept.

Inspiration: The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook – Pg. 28

Ingredients

  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 green onions, green and white parts sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 6 small corn tortillas
  • Olive oil for brushing or spraying
  • 1 tablespoon butter [unless you kept your bacon grease]
  • 6 eggs
  • White cheddar cheese, shredded for topping
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • cilantro and lime for serving

Preparation

Warm the beans over low heat in a small sauce pan. Add about 1/4 cup of water and the greek yogurt/sour cream. Mash the mixture with a fork or potato masher. Puree if you’re feeling saucy. Add the bacon and taste for additional salt and pepper.

Turn the broiler on high. Spray or brush the tortillas with olive oil on both sides. Place the tortillas in the oven, watching them and flipping them as they brown. When they are lightly browned on each side, remove them from the oven and set aside.

In a large frying pan, melt your butter if you didn’t use the bacon grease. Gently break the eggs in the pan and cook to your desired level of doneness. Build your tostada with the tortilla + a nice layer of beans + egg + cheese, avocado, and cilantro. Use hot sauce and lime to your hearts content.

Sour Cream Pancakes

We cracked open a bottle of wine we bought in Italy for no real reason other than we could. It’s from Celli, a winery in Bertinoro. It was their Solara, which is made from the Albana grape. The flavor is sweeter, with a honey-like consistency and color. It’s not quite a dessert wine, with more acid to balance out the sweetness.

It was love at first sip at the winery, but the first bottle that was opened a couple months ago wasn’t very good at all. Very bitter. I didn’t know if it was just a bad bottle, or my taste buds were just reveling in my first Italian winery on the tour. It could happen. Thankfully after letting this bottle breathe a little bit, it just like I remember it. Fingers crossed the rest of the bottles have equally good luck.

I really have no idea what this has to do with pancakes. I wouldn’t have any qualms drinking wine with these pancakes, though. Classy with a capital C. That’s me.

These pancakes are the pinnacle of all pancakes I’ve ever made. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was a waffle kid at heart who somehow only makes pancakes. The sour cream creates the perfect consistency for these pancakes. For once I didn’t almost burn them or leave them raw in the middle. They take no time to whip up, like most pancakes, so they’re perfect for that impatient starving frenzy where I’m close to just standing with the fridge open eating olives and cheese and mustard straight from the bottle. Yep.

The sour cream virtually disappears in the flavor, leaving only a hint of tartness behind with the smooth texture of the pancake. It’s not every day I have a container of sour cream in my fridge, but I’m glad I did.

Inspiration: Smitten Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • butter

Preparation

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. While it gets hot, whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the sour cream and stir until just mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla together before folding into the batter. Do not overmix.

Heat a tablespoon of butter in your now hot skillet, when it’s melted pour batter into the pan in 1/4″ increments. Once the batter starts to bubble and the edges dry out, flip. Let it cook another couple of minutes. If you are serving them as you go, that’s peachy. Otherwise, set your oven to it’s lowest setting and keep a plate of them in there while you make the whole batch. I tried this, but didn’t love it. They’re such moist pancakes that some started getting soggy.

Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprout Hash

Breakfast for dinner is as American as apple pie, right? It takes me right back to the times growing up when my dad was out of town on business. That was a sure-fire sign that we’d be getting waffles for dinner [and a patty melt, but that's another craving for another day]. Dad always made waffles on the weekend. Mom always made waffles for dinner when he was out of town. We’re a waffle family if you hadn’t noticed. Never pancakes. They were definitely a treat, though.

Brussels sprouts are all the rage right now, aren’t they? I even had brussels sprout nachos the other night. Brussels. Sprout. Nachos. I had no idea what it would entail, but I ordered it anyway. Deep fried leaves bathing in mole and chile sauces, topped with cotija cheese. It was kind of wild. And tasty.

So it only makes sense that I ate brussels for dinner. They really enjoy hanging out with sweet potato and bacon. Who wouldn’t? I won’t even try to persuade those sweet potato haters into eating this. This isn’t for you. I’ll just make you eggs and toast, and you can give me your sweet potato pieces. I don’t mind.

Inspiration: How Sweet It Is

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced
  • 2-4 large eggs

Preparation

Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the bacon. Once it’s cooked, remove from the pan and place on a plate with a paper towel. Try not to eat them all while you cook the rest. Reduce the heat a little. Add the onion and sweet potato, stirring to coat everything in the bacon fat. Mmm bacon fat. Cook for 6-8 minutes until the sweet potato has softened, stirring occasional so things don’t stick.

Add the garlic and brussels, stirring often over 5-6 minutes until they’re soft and golden. Cook your eggs in the desired fashion, and serve on top of the hash.

Chilaquiles and Eggs

I spent my Saturday night making cookies for dinner and playing Xbox. How was YOUR weekend?

There was actually a whole lot of awesome this weekend. I had a much needed and relaxing facial at Skin by Marywynn [I'm addicted, and go every six weeks]. I ate a delicious vegan mezza plate at Dar Salam. I saw Django Unchained [so, so good--go see it!]. We met up with friends who were in town for brunch at Mother’s Bistro, and followed it up with a trip to the Portland Art Museum for The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece exhibit. High fives for a really good weekend.

We try to balance out the weekend eating with a little bit of eating in and out. It’s easy to get sucked into doing the latter because this is a breakfast town. Most places have a line, some well before they even open. We have a few go-to spots that we utilize to avoid most of that, and then coupling it with something as simple as an egg sandwich at home usually takes care of the rest. Very rarely do I try out something new for breakfast, though. It’s mostly because I usually have to do a little more planning and actually have food in the fridge, not for a lack of want. 

I had picked up the ingredients for these chilaquiles for the Christmas Mexican feast, but it was really unnecessary. We had way too much food as it was. I saved it for a breakfast, and put a fried egg or two on top instead of adding chorizo [although both would have been stellar]. The sauce that you make for it is really, really good. I fully intend on using it for enchiladas one day. It’s just as spicy as you’d like it to be. The original recipe said to use FOUR chipotle chilies in adobo. That’s damn insane, even for us. I used two, plus the roasted jalapeño in the sauce. It was still super spicy, which is fine by me.

Instead of frying my own tortilla chips, I tossed them into the oven under the broiler, stirring them occasionally, and flipping them when they started to brown. Way less greasy. Way less messy. I was a fan of that. If you can make your own pita chips, why not corn ones? It’s almost too easy [seriously, I almost burned a few. Keep an eye on it!]. Make sure you garnish with radishes and cotija cheese. I have a not-so-secret love affair with radishes. I’m the girl in the taco shop hoarding them in the salsa bar. I’m the girl buying bunches of them at the store, and eating them as soon as I get home. I really do like them a lot.

Inspiration: Saveur

Ingredients

  • 6 plum tomatoes, cored
  • 2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 jalapeño [de-seeded if you're so inclined], sliced in half
  • 1 small white onion, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 canned chilies in adobo
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt to taste
  • 10 corn tortillas cut into 1″ pieces
  • 4 eggs, cooked as desired
  • cotija cheese, for garnish
  • radishes, for garnish

Preparation

Set the oven on broil, and place the rack on the top spot. Spread aluminum foil on a baking sheet and lightly grease a baking sheet. Spread the tomatoes, garlic, jalapeño, and onion on the baking sheet. Place them in the oven for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally until they start to blacken and blister. Remove from the oven and place the vegetables in a blender or food processor. Add the chipotles, cilantro, oregano, and 1/4 cup of water. Blend until smooth. Taste and add salt as needed. The sauce stores well overnight if necessary.

On the same baking sheet, without the aluminum foil, spread the tortilla pieces on it in as  close to a single layer as possible. Make several batches if necessary. Place them back in oven, keeping an eye on them, stirring and flipping until they start to brown.

Start your eggs, cooking them as you see fit [fried, poached, scrambled, etc]. Heat the sauce in a deep walled sauce pan on medium heat. Once it begins to simmer, add the tortilla chips, and stir to coat. Once they’ve had a chance to soften and soak up the sauce, about 2-3 minutes, remove from the heat. Serve immediately, unless you like soggy tortillas. I don’t. At all.

Joe’s Special

>insert shock and awe at how quickly Thanksgiving is approaching<

Turkey Day is one of my favorite holidays, purely because it’s food focused [although we just bought an Xbox 360...I don't know if we'll be able to tear ourselves away], so needless to say, I’m pretty excited. I’m on dinner roll and cranberry sauce duty again this year. I may or may not bring a salad, an appetizer or a dessert. I really can’t decide. I can’t bring all three. Well, I could, but it would really be rather wasteful. I think we’ll have 12 people or so at my grandma’s. Hardly reason to break out seven tons of food. I can only eat leftovers for so long.

What are you making this year?

I haven’t been in the mood to make a whole lot in terms of dinner lately. My stomach has been a little off for one reason or another the past few days. It leads me to want something quick and easy, like take out, or breakfast. Breakfast for dinner will always hold a soft spot in my heart. It definitely ranks high on the list of quick meals.

Inspiration: Saveur

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 8oz ground beef
  • 10oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped parsley
  • crusty french bread rolls

Preparation

Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat, add the garlic and onion, stirring occasionally until soft and fragrant. When the onions start to turn translucent, add the ground beef. Break it up with your spoon as you stir it all together. Allow it to brown in the midst of the onion and garlic.

Give it enough time to cook off all the liquid. If you really want to rush it along, you can drain it depending on how fatty your beef is. Add the spinach, incorporating it into the beef mixture. When warm, approximately 2-3 minutes, add the eggs. Thoroughly mix it in, allowing it to scramble. Keep cooking it, stirring often, until the eggs dry out and it’s not soupy. This will take several minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Toast your bread under a broiler until crispy. Top the egg mixture with chopped parsley when serving. Eat as a sandwich, if desired. I did.

Baked Scottish Eggs

There has been talk of reeling in the food spending. If you hadn’t already guessed, we spend an obscenely mildly ridiculous amount of money on food, whether it’s going out or eating in [and we do a lot of both]. Food and traveling are where the majority of my disposable income goes. The rest goes to personal care–hair cuts/color, facials, waxing, the occasional pair of shoes. I’m totally okay with this by the way, at least most of the time. I like my lifestyle, and tend to not have buyer’s remorse so long as the food is good. I like supporting local businesses, but I hate wasting money on a meal that leaves you underwhelmed at best. It’s irritating and has made me upset on more than one occasion. The logic here is if I save on food, I’ll be able to spend more on travel [...or a new couch].

So as such I’m eating a peanut butter sandwich and carrots for lunch today instead of going out to one of the 2,830,283,029,382,094 food carts in town. Have you tried Earth Balance’s Coconut and Peanut Spread? I bought it yesterday, and am already mildly addicted. I was surprised that it wasn’t much more expensive than most packaged PB’s. Sidenote: It coincides with my new love for coconut oil. I finally decided to start using it as a body moisturizer, and am absolutely pleased with the results.

I have a feeling more eggs will be in my life if I do decide to really start reeling in the spending. Eggs are cheap and easy, and my friend Lanny bought us a sweet ceramic egg container and some eggs from her chickens, Janet Reno and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. How can you not eat eggs after that?

Andrew found this recipe for Scottish Farmhouse Eggs awhile back, and it was one of those perfect easy-and-delicious breakfasts for those mornings when the taco cart is closed and we can’t get breakfast burritos/tamales. Plus it was excuse to buy chives. I have fond memories of a chive plant in my parents’ front yard flower bed, and eating them straight off the plant whenever I wanted. I’m pretty sure this was also around the time I used to catch ants, name them, and put them in jars because I so desperately wanted an ant farm. The chives in the front yard no longer exist, but my love for chives does [my love for ants also no longer exists for those of you keeping track at home].

Inspiration: Ahoy! Port City DIY

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • a bunch of fresh chives
  • 1 small french roll, cut into cubes [use any bread you  like here, you'll be covering the bottom of your baking dish
  • 1-2 oz shredded cheese [I used white cheddar]
  • 3/4 cup half and half [or enough to cover the bottom of the pan]
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400º and lightly grease a baking dish or cast iron pan [mine was an 11x7" glass baking dish].
  2. Spread the cubed bread on evenly along the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Crack the eggs and nestle them in the bread, spaced out as evenly as possible [try to break the yolks, but only because it's prettier that way].
  4. Using some kitchen shears, cut 1/2″ pieces of chives and sprinkle them liberally along the top of the egg and bread mixture.
  5. Top with cheese.
  6. Pour in the half and half.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on how runny you like your yolks.
  8. Serve with fruit or topped with a boatload of hot sauce.