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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saturday Breakfast In BED!!!

The best part of staying in hotels in always breakfast in bed. However it's never as good as good as what you make at home. I unfortunately am not one who ever gives or receives breakfast in bed in our little farm house. The Romanian is a traditional gentleman and food is alway served and eaten at the table. Despite my many attempts to explain this American tradition to him, it's one he has decidedly said will not be accepting. So, that leaves me with two options; 1. cook for myself and bring it to bed or live vicariously through other peoples breakfast in bed adventures. I have decided I am a bit to lazy and busy really for the first, so I choose the latter.  Today or tomorrow as you get out of bed, think how lovely it would be to wake up get some food and jump back into bed with the morning paper. Then tell me all about it as I drool. I am off to go feed the chickens and then jump on the treadmill like a mouse in a wheel, I leave you with a little inspiration. Enjoy!

Mary Cassett-Breakfast in Bed

Marilyn Monroe

Breakfast in bed on a Short Empire Flying Boat 'Canopus', c 1940s.




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My Favorite- french toast

bananas foster french toast

Servings: serves 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes


Banana sauce:
4 ounces (1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
4 bananas, peeled and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
French toast:
3 large whole eggs
3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 slices (3/4-inch thick) brioche or challah bread
3 tablespoons (about) unsalted butter
Whipped cream (optional)


Make the banana sauce: Melt the butter in a large stainless-steel skillet with a lid over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and whisk until it melts into the butter. Add the water and whisk until smooth. Cover and set aside while you prepare the French toast.
Prepare the French toast: Whisk the whole eggs and egg yolks in a large bowel to blend. Gradually whisk in the milk, cream and vanilla. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture, turning to coat and soak until they are completely moistened with the custard.
Heat a heavy, large griddle pan over medium heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter on the griddle. Working in batches, transfer the soaked bread to the pan with a slotted spatula and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Add more butter as needed for each batch.
To serve, add the banana slices to the sauce and cook until the bananas are almost tender, tossing gently, about 3 minutes. Transfer the French toast to plates. Top each with the banana sauce and whipped cream, if desired.

Swiss Chard, Leek & Gruyere Cheese

Swiss Chard, Leek & Gruyere Quiche:
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1/2 recipe Flaky Tart Dough
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups creme fraiche
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
2 heaping cups torn Swiss chard leaves
1/2 cup Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 Leek – sliced thinly
Make the Tart Dough – Click here for recipe
On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough into a 16-inch round. With a dry pastry brush, sweep off any excess flour; fit dough into a 2-inch deep-dish tart pan with a removable bottom, gently pressing it into the sides. Using a sharp knife, trim the dough evenly with the edge of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap; chill tart shell until firm, about 20 minutes.
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
Line the tart dough with a sheet of parchment paper and fill with pie weights. Transfer to oven and bake until light brown, about 25 minutes. Remove weights and parchment paper and continue baking until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together 1 egg and flour on high speed until smooth. Add the remaining 7 eggs and continue mixing until well blended.
Place creme fraiche in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth; add milk and continue whisking until well combined. Add to mixer along with salt, pepper, and thyme; mix until well combined. Strain mixture into a large bowl through a fine mesh sieve.
Sauté Leeks in olive oil until soft
Tightly pack Swiss chard leaves, leeks and cheese into prepared tart shell.
Pour over egg mixture until tart shell is full
Bake 20 minutes; reduce temperature to 325 degrees, and continue baking until filling is slightly firm, rather than liquid, and crust is a deep golden brown, 40 to 50 minutes more.
Transfer quiche to a wire rack to cool until set, about 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. To reheat, cover quiche with aluminum foil and bake in an oven heated to 325 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Source: The Chefanies

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