I’m reaaalllyyy not into hipster breakfasts like this but sometimes you want something cold, sweet and light. Particularly during summers that make your face melt. I just have chia seeds with me thanks to an old friend who bought it, never used it and left it at my place. I tried chia pudding once and didn’t quite come around to liking it. I wasn’t a fan of the texture for the most part. But yesterday I thought I’d do a breakfast parfait, because that’s one of my favourite summer breakfasts. And I thought some chia might be good in there. It looks pretty, doesn’t it?
It all sounds too familiar, no? Masala cheese bhurji meets savoury French toast, I suppose. There’s no background story for this one. It was simply the result of me being my laziest self on a Sunday morning. Since I’d made a sweet French toast for breakfast the previous day, I wanted something savoury for Sunday. But French toast is so easy and quick that I just didn’t want to make anything else. So the masala cheese version of it happened. Simply whisk eggs and milk, add chillies and garam masala and follow the usual steps required for French toast. Once it’s off the pan and on your plate, grate cheese on it and see how great it tastes!
French toast ✓
Cream cheese ✓
All of the above came together for a fantastic Sunday breakfast. Strawberries are in season and I got myself a box of these ruby beauties. I have baked with strawberries before, but prefer them ‘un-baked’. Why lose them in cake batter when you can eat them fresh? So I just whipped some cream cheese with fresh cream and folded some berries into it. Then cut open a bun half way and spread the cream cheese mixture into it. A dip in eggy milk and on to the pan to become French toast. Simple!
About these pancakes. No, they aren’t totally guilt free or completely healthy. But they are definitely healthier than regular pancakes. For starters, most of the base is oatmeal and there’s no sugar of any kind in them. I’m not including the syrup you see in the pictures. These are also made with buttermilk and just one egg. Apple puree goes into the batter giving the pancakes a lovely brown colour.
Apple pie is one my favourite ‘comfort’ desserts. It’s hard to resist a slice when the aroma of caramelized apples and cinnamon waft through the room. I was going to make a simple apple smoothie but with a touch of cinnamon and addition of caramelized apples, this smoothie reminded me of an apple pie. I add banana to this for some body in the smoothie. There’s no refined sugar, but only a dash of honey. It makes for a great breakfast on the go.
My previous post was about bacon and onion jam. The one following it had to be something I made with the bacon jam, right? It’s a good old grilled cheese, of course. This is when carbs and fat hangout together to give you a piece of heaven. The bacon sandwich is just right with its saltiness from bacon and sweetness from the onions. I used regular cheese slices you get in the market. But if you have good cheddar or even mozzarella, your sandwiches would be even better. Alternately, you could just toast bread and top it with the jam and place the cheese just on top, broil it in the oven for 3-4 mins or till cheese has melted over the jam.
After my ginger cookies became such a hit with friends and colleagues (and at home as well), I wanted to try my hands on muffins with ginger. The original plan was to make them with caramelized apples, but I switched to bananas at the last moment. I have other plans with the apples. Now there is a plethora of recipes online for pretty much any baked goodie you can think about. I found plenty of recipes gingerbread muffins. But what I saw was the proportions were varied, particularly the flour. Some asked for 3 cups, a few for 2 1/2 and some others just 2. Moreover, they all asked for milk and molasses to be added. I didn’t have either.
Pancakes have to be the easiest, most delicious and comforting breakfast treats. These have bananas in them and topped with more bananas, syrup and a hot chocolate sauce. The sauce is simply hot chocolate with extra cocoa to give it more thickness and make it more chocolatey. What I did with this recipe is add an extra egg white. It made the pancakes more fluffy and gave it the lovely tan it needs. There’s nothing else I can say about these except, dig in!
Be it Koshy’s in Bangalore or Kyani & Co. in Bombay, the masala cheese omelette that these old school folks make is simply amazing. It’s just eggs, chillies and cheese. But the comfort it gives is what makes it so good. Add the nostalgia factor and you have a winner. The cheese slice sitting right in the centre of the omelette with little specks of green chilly scattered around..sigh. I wanted to replicate it, but instead turned it into masala cheese bhurji. Works brilliantly and made effortlessly.
This is a quick and short post because it happened this morning. There was feta, Greek yoghurt, cherry tomatoes and basil in the fridge. I wanted a quick breakfast before I headed off for work. All I did was whisk feta and the yoghurt, spread it on toast and top it with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. I tossed the cherry tomatoes on a hot pan for 2-3 minutes so they’re blistered. I like them that way. A crack of black pepper on it and breakfast was done. Took me less than 10 minutes. This is SO much better than boring old cereal and takes almost no time and effort to put together.