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.
The first time I had overnight muesli was when Au Bon Pain opened up in Bangalore. It was creamy and delicious. But I’ve hardly made it at home myself. Yesterday was a long day and I just wanted to crawl into bed and sleep. I did the crawling to bed part and then it hit me that I could simply prep for breakfast the next morning. It’d be so easy to just put things together in a jar, leave it in the fridge and take it to work in the morning. Easy, healthy and so delicious!
I must admit, this plate of food looked so gorgeous it was hard to run a knife through it. When I’d think of waffles I always picture them with loads of fruits and syrup dripping down the edges. But this time around I wanted to make some savoury ones. I didn’t do much except for add grated cheese in the batter along with some paprika and thyme. It tasted great but I should have made smaller ones so it’d crisp up better. Anyway, I topped each of them with a fried and a side of cherry tomatoes.
Egg dosae because I’ve moved on from sweet breakfasts every Sunday like waffles, French toast and the likes. I wouldn’t mind the sugar rush occasionally but I sure don’t want it every Sunday. That’s why I’ve been on a dosae streak of late. Every Sunday we have dosae with chutney or leftover curry. I for one go on to have dosae for lunch as well. Why wouldn’t I, when it goes perfectly well with any kind of chicken or mutton curry? But I must admit, I don’t make the batter at home from scratch. There are plenty recipes online and you don’t need one more repeating the same thing, trust me. But no, I don’t use ready to use powders. Instead, I get my batter from the local shops. They’re nothing short of what we make at home.
I know this doesn’t need a recipe, but it’s just another idea for you to turn a boring bowl of oatmeal into something delicious. I love apples and I love cinnamon. Put them together and you have an absolute winner. I sometimes cook apples down with some brown sugar and cinnamon and use it as a topping for ice cream or have it with some vanilla yoghurt, or even as a sandwich filling. Why not, I say?
The first time I saw something like this was on Food Network’s Snapchat feed. I’ve tried using the same base for multiple healthy breakfast options. But this time around I stuck to keeping it really simple and with just two ingredients. And you could top it with whatever you want to – muesli, honey, fruits, nuts, etc. I only had muesli, nuts and desiccated coconut in my kitchen.
Yield: 1 portion
Time: If bananas are already frozen, then 5 mins to make it
Banana – 2 per portion (cut into small pieces and put in a box to freeze overnight)
Cocoa – 2 tbsp
Toppings of your choice
Blitz the bananas and cocoa till smooth. This could take 4-5 mins.
Serve in a bowl topped with fruits, nuts, muesli, coconut, anything at all!
A sweet Sunday began on a savoury note. Just on my plate, though. It’d been a while since we had bacon for breakfast. And bacon goes best with carbs and fat – bread and cheese! I just turned a sweet French toast into a savoury one by adding oodles of cheese to it and lots of thyme. I’d forgotten about some fresh thyme in the fridge and I’m glad I did. It dried out a little and smelled even better that what it would fresh.
Ok, it’s not the real deal. So what? It still tastes delicious. Why is it not so authentic? Because I don’t have the filter, not do I have Vietnamese coffee with me. I used good old south Indian filter coffee decoction for this. I still made it with condensed milk and ice. So there! It’s very easy to make and utterly delicious. I made this to go with my chilli cheese toast for breakfast on Sunday. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes.