Breakfast is a happy meal! For me, breakfast has a lot of memories attached. I remember the bustle of weekday breakfasts growing up with my mom trying to prepare three girls for school and send my dad off to work. Weekend breakfasts for the family that always included a crazy variety of items. If we had eggs, my dad would have his over easy, put ketchup on them and chop everything up and dunk toast in it.
The Godfather and I have our own little breakfast tradition. During the week, we make it a point to try and have breakfast together, even if it’s quick, and on the weekends we make a production out of preparing our morning repast. There’s always coffee – Cuban coffee or French Press – and something fun to eat, which never includes just “breakfast standards” without some sort of twist. Sometimes it isn’t even “breakfast” food at all!
Between a mid-week grocery stop and our CSA box, we found ourselves with an abundance of salad mix and I decided I really needed to figure out a way to incorporate salad into breakfast because it’s been too chilly at night to inspire me to make dinner salads. This salad was not originally intended to be a blog post, so there aren’t many pictures, but it was just too good not to share! As the Godfather would put it, “It’s not just breakfast, it’s breakFEAST!”
Inspired by Nigella’s Breakfast Salad
- 4 cups salad mix
- 4 slices of bacon
- 1/4 onion, diced
- 1/2 tomato (I didn’t have this on hand, but would have added one if I did)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp whole grain dijon mustard
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp neutral-flavored oil
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- dash of salt
- Place onion in a cool skillet. Cook over medium low heat, turning occasionally until desired crispness. Add onions to the skillet about mid-way through the cooking process.
- While the bacon is cooking, whisk mustard, maple syrup, oil, vinegar and salt (if desired) in a small bowl to make the dressing.
- Drain the bacon on a paper towel, set aside the onions, and increase the heat to medium and cook both eggs to desired done-ness.
- In a large bowl, toss the salad mix, tomato, dressing and onions. Divide between two plates
- Cut the bacon into bit-size chunks and sprinkle evenly over both salads.
- Place one egg over each salad and serve immediately.
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Welcome to my blog! I’m looking forward to sharing recipes with you and hopefully encouraging you to get creative and play in the kitchen too. Let’s begin, shall we?
I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin as a food trend. The pumpkin has been terribly abused and after one too many bad pumpkin incarnations, I actively avoided cooking with pumpkin (other than savory soups) until this year. We needed a dessert for Thanksgiving and I wanted something comforting and decidedly “fall”. I also happened to have some fresh pumpkin puree around and some Goodie Godmother challah bread.
I’m not going to say this is the perfect bread pudding, but it was so. good. We waited all of five minutes before sneaking bread hunks from the edges of the pan for “quality control” purposes.
The original photo…
Pumpkin Challah Bread Pudding
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
- 6 cups challah bread cut into 1” cubes left out to dry overnight
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp browned butter melted
- cup ¼ brown sugar
- cup ¼ granulated sugar
- 2 cups milk (if you're lactose intolerate almond milk is a great substitute!)
- cup ½ pecans or walnuts chopped
- tsp ¼ nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
If you don't have browned butter on hand, brown the butter now. To brown butter, place the desired quantity of unsalted butter into a saucepan over medium heat. Melt the butter and watch it as it "cooks", stirring constantly. After a few minutes it will give off a rich nutty aroma and turn brown. When this happens, remove from the heat immediately as it burns easily. Set aside.
Preheat your oven to 350 F
Combine eggs, milk, sugars, melted butter, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin puree in a bowl. Whisk until well combined.
Add bread cubes and allow to soak in bowl for about 5 minutes. Stir in pecan pieces.
Use butter or nonstick spray to coat a 9 inch pie pan or 8x8 inch casserole dish.
Pour bread mixture into pan and bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until the top of the pudding is brown and the center is set. If you find the top starts to brown too quickly, loosely cover with foil and continue to bake.
Remove and allow to set 10 minutes before serving.