Woke up this morning to the sound of Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and I haven’t been able to get the song out of my head since. So, I’m humming along and whipping up some Black Forest Eggs, ‘Cause there’s something in a Sunday, makes a body feel….” like having some brunch! Sliced black forest ham and eggs layered on toasted bread and covered in creamy cheese. Yep, its Sunday morning coming down!
Cleaning out the frig today and that means taking a look at all those stray vegetables, chunks of cheese, and last pieces of meat and putting them to good use. A frittata is a perfect dish for using up those stragglers and when done correctly can be a thing of beauty. An Italian dish, similar to an omelette or quiche, it can be served any time of the day. I like to serve it for Sunday brunch. This recipe is going to use up some of the leftover mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes I have accumulated during this meatless month.
This morning I was greeted with several inches of snow outside my bedroom window. With layers of fluffy white snow perched precariously on tree limbs, blanketing the pines, and drifting romantically through the gentle morning breeze all I could do was smile. Which is not something this warm weather gal does when snow is involved.
Snow Day! Time to think of ways to warm our souls. A delicious bowl of grains, sautéed winter veggies, and poached eggs mixed in a delicate white garlic sauce is what this day calls for. Packed with protein, it promises to boost brain power for a day of board games.
Every Christmas we have a Brunch Buffet with a variety of morning foods to appease all appetites. We have affectionately termed it “Meatfest”. Every year we seem to have leftover pancake batter and sausages. I also have leftover guests that I get up the next morning to make a smaller breakfast for.
One year I decided to get creative and see if I could repurpose the leftovers. I came up with this version of Eggs Benedict and it has become a Morning after favorite. A pancake base stacked with wilted greens, breakfast sausages, a poached egg, and a creamy hollandaise sauce. I think I just figured out how I keep gaining more overnight guests each year. 😉
So, don’t hate me, but I have never really understood the whole chicken and waffles concept. I understand the good plus good equals “gooder” philosophy. That’s where we get PB & J. Stay with me as I explain, the good plus good philosophy is where you take two things that are good on their own but when put together it is game over. From that point on you can’t imagine having one without the other (i.e. PB&J).
In chicken and waffles case, the waffles are better alone, and the fried chicken is definitely a force all on its own. So instead of the traditional waffles and chicken that have the two fighting for attention, I like to serve a “wacky” version of this classic with fried chicken bits served over a fried egg and wilted kale salad sautéed in a garlic confit and chili oil with waffle squares on the side served as “toast”.
I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here. I haven’t even gotten my tree yet and let’s not talk about gift shopping. I have friends who are already done and here I am without even a list. Time to kick it into gear. From now until Christmas I thought I would share my Christmas morning, through recipes, with you and your family.
As the kids started getting a little older, I realize that with all the hoopla before Christmas day; the decorating, cookie baking, pageants, and parties, that the actual day itself was over before it even began. We open presents and the kids run off to play with their new toys and the day is rather anticlimactic.
That is when I decided to prolong the day. Today we get up and make a beautiful breakfast buffet, or “Meat Fest” as it has been affectionately termed. My husband and I work side-by-side in the kitchen getting everything ready. The kids set the table and lay out the food on the buffet table. Then we all sit down in the dining room and enjoy a leisurely mid-morning meal filled with laughter, stories, and yes, anticipation.