Posts Tagged ‘brunch’

honey ham & grilled cheese sammy

In breakfast, brekkie, brunch, dinner, easy weeknight meals, leftovers, lunch on 01.17.12 at 6:48 pm

sandwiches don’t have to be boring. this honey ham & grilled cheese sammy just oozes with flavour and personality. the perfect (non-boring) companion for a tall glass of milk. yummers.

and what’s even better is that it’s a simple recipe for leftover redux. still not sure what to do that leftover ham from the holidays that’s still sitting in your freezer? check this out…

prep the ingredients:
– defrost slices of leftover honey ham
– cut a few slices of appenzeller cheese (gouda or gruyere would melt well, too.)
– cut thick slices of wholewheat sourdough bread

i love the locally-made, artisan sourdough from sidewalk citizen bakery. there’s something really comforting about aviv’s artisan bread — perfect for grilled cheese sammies!

grillin’ the sammy:
– melt 1.5 tbsp unsalted butter in pan on medium heat
– on the inside of the sourdough slices, spread horseradish dijon mustard on each slice
– place slices of appenzeller cheese on inside of each slice

– pile on the sliced honey ham on one of the sourdough slices
– lightly drizzle honey on the ham
– sandwich together the slices of sourdough
– press sandwiches firmly w/ kitchen spatula
– grill in pan on medium heat for 2-3min (flip sides) until toasted brown & cheese is melted
– remove from heat & set aside to cool slightly

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fennel mushroom & arugula quiche

In baking, breakfast, brekkie, brunch, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, gluten-free, lunch, vegetarian on 01.14.12 at 3:02 pm

you know you’re a cooking nerd when… you buy a new kitchen gadget and can’t wait to run home and try it out! so, this little piggy went to market, picked up this oh-so-lovely quiche baking dish — and was dreaming up quiche recipes all the way home… :)

in the frenzy of my new year’s health kick, i stocked up my fridge and pantry with all sorts of yummy produce. juicy berries, winter squash, root veggies and some fresh bulbs of fennel. i knew the fennel would definitely be one of the feature ingredients when testing out the new bakeware. and i was so delighted when this crustless (and gluten-free!) quiche came together so well — the anise flavour of fennel paired really nicely with the earthy notes of the crimini mushrooms and the bitterness of the arugula. yummers.

– preheat oven to 375F

the fennel:
– remove 1 fennel bulb from green stems & fronds
– slice bulb into quarters along the vertical and remove the inner core
– slice fennel into thin sticks

the mushrooms & arugula:
– 1/2 cup crimini mushrooms (diced)
– 1/2 cup fresh organic arugula (rough chop)

quiche batter:
whisk together the following ingredients in large prep bowl:
– fennel sticks
– 6 large eggs
– crimini mushrooms (diced)
– fresh organic arugula (rough chop)
– 1/3 cup light mozzarella cheese (grated)
– season w/ ground black peppercorns

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caramel banana french toast

In breakfast, brekkie, brunch, culinary experiments, sweet treats, vegetarian on 11.06.11 at 1:08 pm

i think this just might one-up the PB&J sammy.

so i’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to try out the citrus-infused caramel spread that i brought home from my culinary travels to quebec this summer. and i can’t believe i waited this long to taste the caramel… it was like heaven on toast.

the citrus-infused caramel paired wonderfully with fresh bananas and this locally-made challah bread from itza bakeshop. it’s a bit of an unconventional french toast with the sunny-side-up egg filling, rather than the egg soaked in the bread. but what a way to do it up right with caramel for sunday brunch!

prep the toast:
– lightly spread unsalted buttter on the outside of 2 thick slices of fresh challah bread (or you can substitute with sourdough)
– melt 1 tsp of unsalted butter in large saucepan on high heat
– add both slices of challah to pan and toast each side until slightly toasted
– remove bread from pan & set aside

– fry 1 large egg (sunny-side-up, yolk intact)
– remove egg from pan & set aside

the filling:
– 1 medium banana (peeled, sliced)
– spread caramel on the inside of each slice of toast
– add a thin layer of ricotta cheese
– add banana slices and sunny-side-up egg (sandwiched in between the toast, reserve some banana slices for topping)

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